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Malt of the Month – Ben Nevis 10 year old

Not surprisingly, as Burns Night approaches, George our Wild Boar Master of Malt chooses his Malt of the Month from Scotland. 

George Hutton, Master of Malt

George Hutton, Master of Malt

The former garrison town of Inverlochy, now called Fort William, is where we are headed for January’s Malt of the Month.

Fort William once boasted no fewer than three distilleries: Ben Nevis, Nevis and Glenlochy. Demolition removed all traces of the Nevis Distillery, the sister to Ben Nevis, and a housing estate now occupies the site. The owners of the second distillery, Glenlochy, converted many of the buildings to a hotel and offices. Although presently used for different purposes, the malt barn, filling store, warehouses, and pagoda roof, remain standing on the site of Glenlochy, primarily because they are listed buildings. Ben Nevis is now the only surviving distillery in Fort William and one of the two still remaining on Scotland’s west coast. Continue reading

5 Top Tips for Preparing a Stress Free Christmas Dinner

Stefan Milanec, head chef at Low Wood Bay

Stefan Milanec, head chef at Low Wood Bay

The team at Low Wood Bay will welcome over 150 guests and entertain them with tasty Christmas dishes. Head Chef Stefan Milanec and his staff have all bases covered for festive food provision, and he has some top tips to share when it comes to catering more easily for larger groups. Continue reading

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3 Tasty Turkey Alternatives for Christmas Dinner

Lancaster House General Manager Tim Bell, convinces us to try something different for Christmas Day this year.

Having been in the hotel and restaurant game for 25 years, you’ll forgive me for exhaling a deep sigh when the topic of Turkey comes into festive conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against the traditionally seasonal poultry. The sight of a magnificently oversized, perfectly cooked bird adorning the dinner table every December 25th is what we Brits do! Continue reading

Gin of the Month – The Lakes Gin

Following on from Anthony’s introduction to Waterhead’s premium range of Gins, his choice for December’s Gin of the Month is, The Lakes Gin, the only gin to be distilled in Cumbria and launched in November 2014.

The Distillery

avatarSituated in a beautiful area next to Bassenthwaite Lake and surround by the idyllic Cumbrian fells, the distillery sources its water from the famous River Derwent which runs at the foot of the distillery’s site, The Lakes Distillery has ideal water, full of vital constituents needed for distilling and producing a refreshing and flavoursome gin. This is then paired with local juniper berries and other classic botanicals native to the Lake District including bilberry, heather and meadowsweet making The Lakes Gin a truly Cumbria product. This really is an artisan gin which is described as being ‘big’ and having a taste of clear fresh citrus, fruity and floral, as well as being slightly complex, intriguing and delicious all at the same time. Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Talisker 10 Year Old

George Hutton, our Wild Boar Master of Malt, is getting quite lyrical as he takes us ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ in his latest Malt of the Month.

Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.

The Skye Boat Song is a Scottish folk song recalling the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid and assisted by Flora MacDonald, escaped in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite rising. Continue reading

Malt of the Month – Glenfarclas 15 year old

George Hutton, Master of Malt

George Hutton, Master of Malt

George, The Wild Boar Master of Malt, has been reminiscing about childhood family holidays in Scotland as he chooses for his Malt of the Month, the Glenfarlas 15 year old.

This month as I continue on my whisky journey I am back in Speyside, famed as much for is scenic splendour as for the number of distilleries. Having explored the area on many occasions whilst on holiday with my parents, it is an area that I love to come back to again and again. Continue reading

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Gin of the Month – No. 3 London Dry Gin

Following on from Anthony’s introduction to Waterhead’s premium range of Gins, his choice for November’s Gin of the Month is, No. 3 London Dry Gin.

With juniper at its heart, No. 3 captures and brings out the character of a traditional London Dry Gin. It is also considered the perfect gin for a Dry Martini cocktail. The name hails from No. 3 St. James Street, London, the home of Berry Bros & Rudd since 1968, creators of London Dry Gin and London’s oldest wine and spirits merchant. The ‘Parlour’ remains almost intact to this day – a room where for 220 years the Berry partners came together to eat and discuss business. Many great drinks originated around the Parlour’s dining table. The key on the bottle was inspired by the key to the Parlour door. Continue reading