Waterhead Gin of the Month – Austrian Blue Gin

Waterhead’s Gin of the Month was first discovered by Anthony whilst on a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps. He shares a little bit about Austrian Blue Gin, created from a truly international blend of botanicals.  Continue reading “Waterhead Gin of the Month – Austrian Blue Gin”

Recipe: Blade of Beef, A Real Treat

Michael Wilson, Head Chef at The Midland
Michael Wilson, Head Chef at The Midland

With this recipe Head Chef at The Midland, Michael Wilson, proves that you can take a relatively ordinary cut of meat such as the blade, and transform it into a glorious melt-in-the mouth triumph. Just perfect for wholesome meal accompanied by your favourite glass of red wine!

This method requires the meat to be placed in a deep pan with enough liquid to cover the piece of meat. The pan must be covered with a secure-fitting lid to prevent the liquid from evaporating during the long cooking process (if you don’t have a deep pan, we have also tried this in a slow cooker).
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Malt of the Month – Old Pulteney 12 year old

This month, George, our master of malt, takes us as far up north as it’s possible to go without falling into the sea. The Pulteney Distillery is one of the few remaining that shun technology, preferring to stick with traditional distilling methods.

The History of Pulteney Distillery

Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland, situated in the fishing port of Wick. Established in 1826 by Mr James Henderson, it was located there for ease of transportation by sea, the only means available at this time to reach the main consumers in the provincial towns of Scotland. Continue reading “Malt of the Month – Old Pulteney 12 year old”

Gin of the Month – Brockmans

For April’s Gin of the Month Anthony has chosen Brockmans, a beautifully crafted ultra premium gin, one that is defined by its unique, intensely smooth and original gin taste.

A group of friends got together to share their skills and experience to deliver a gin that was completely new and original. Their knowledge of gin history and fascination and love for the spirit combined with the influence of their individual styles of gin distillation was invaluable. They set about to create a gin that was different to every gin already on the market and one that was intensely smooth and that you could drink neat over ice. Throughout the creation various methods and recipes were tried before deciding they had developed the right balance of the finest botanicals from around the world which brought the taste of Brockmans. Continue reading “Gin of the Month – Brockmans”

The Wild Boar Festival of Smoke

A free family day of fiery fun! After the success of the first Festival of Smoke in 2014, we decided it needed to be an annual event. On 22nd March we opened the doors of The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse and it was even bigger and better this year! 

festival-of-smoke

Food Smoking demonstrations

Smoky Jo and Georgina who run our The Wild Boar Smoking Courses, guided us through the various stages of smoking food and the science behind it. Samples from our on site smokehouse took centre stage including wild boar sausage, salmon, steaks, cheese and a few surprises!

The Wild Boar Brewhouse

Our master brewer Tim, from Fell Brewery, inspired us in the art of making real ale. Beer bats of our home brewed ales were available to whet the appetite including Mad Pig, Smoked Porter and Hog’s 54!

Smoked Themed Menu from the Grill

Our evening Smoked taster menu was a very special and sumptious feast with even a smoked twist on a traditional Sunday Roast.

Fun in The Wild Boar Woods

If you went out in the woods today … you would have discovered  Woodmatters bush craft who provided fun taster sessions on skills needed to survive in the outdoors and the Clay pigeon shooting drew quite a crowd. There were also demonstrations in Swedish candle making and Charcoal making. The younger members of the family loved taking part in the cuddly Wild Boar hunt!

10 Delicious Ways to Use Marmalade Any Time

In The Wild Boar kitchens, Chef makes our own marmalade as an extra special touch for our Bed and Breakfast guests. There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh orange on marmalade making days. So, since it is National Marmalade Week (28 Feb -7th Mar 2015), here are some ideas to inspire you breakfast, lunch and dinner! Continue reading “10 Delicious Ways to Use Marmalade Any Time”

Gin of the Month – Whitley Neill Gin

This month for Waterhead’s Gin of the Month, Anthony has selected Whitley Neill handcrafted dry gin, a gin inspired by the flavours of Africa.

Whitley Neill is an award winning, handcrafted gin that is distilled in small batches by Johnny Neill, a direct descendant of Thomas Greenall, founder of Greehall & Company. This gin brings together 8 generations of expertise and life-long love of adventure inspired by the beauty of Africa. The skilfully created gin is a result of carefully blending rare African botanicals and unusual aromatics, to produce an enigmatic experience to savour. Continue reading “Gin of the Month – Whitley Neill Gin”