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The Wild Boar Festival of Smoke – Sunday 22nd March

It’s back! After the success if the first Festival of Smoke last year, it is going to be bigger and better this year! We take a look at what we can expect to experience this year…

  • Festival of Smoke – Sunday 22nd March 2015, 12 noon
  • The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse
  • FREE entry to a family day of fiery fun!

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Open Water Swimming – It’s good for you!

Low Wood Bay is hosting the Big Chill Swim Windermere which will take place over the weekend of 30th January – 1st February. It would seem that open water swimming is the new hot (or should I say cold!) trend.

The Outdoor Swimming Society reports a 77% increase in membership since 2006 and growing by around 9 members daily. They list details of 940 outdoor places to swim in England – the fact that it’s a long list is probably not surprising since it is said that wherever you are in the UK you are not more than 70 miles from the sea, not to mention the many and varied lakes and rivers! Continue reading

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Waterhead – Raising the Bar on Burgers

English Lakes has a passion for food – whether it’s a traditional Afternoon Tea or a sumptuous three course feast, regional classics with a modern twist and championing the finest local ingredients … Here, Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead, shares his quest for a better burger. 

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Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead - on the quest for the best burger!

Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead – on the quest for the best burger!

The rise of the burger has been dramatic over the past few years with more and more restaurants featuring a quality burger as part of their offering. We have also seen many new eating establishments which specialise in just burgers and it’s these places that have really raised the bar on what we have come to expect in a quality burger. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good old cheeseburger from the golden arches and for me it’s still great value for money.

However, having worked in the industry for many years and having spent some time in the USA (the homeland of the burger, or so they claim) I have had the pleasure of eating many burgers from many different places. My most memorable burger experience was during a holiday in California; I was 14 years old and we were driving from California to Las Vegas. We stopped in the middle of the desert where there was a huge shopping mall and a fast food burger place called IN-N-OUT BURGER, the menu was so simple – Hamburgers with or without cheese, fries and milkshakes. That was it and it remains today one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. This was all down to the quality of the ingredients used, keeping it simple and the obvious care taken in producing it. Continue reading

Recipe to Make Our Braised Ox Cheek Terrine at Home

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Andrew Caulfield, head chef at Waterhead

Often when one is planning what to make for a dinner party, or even just a large family meal, the two main considerations are not being stuck in the kitchen all evening whilst your guests are enjoying themselves and not breaking the bank when it comes to ingredients.

Andrew Caulfield, head chef at Waterhead has come up with the following recipe which would make a perfect starter for any occasion, especially when you are catering for a large number of people.  Not only can the whole dish be prepared well in advance, leaving you time to socialise with your guests, but also the main ingredients, ox cheek and onions, are relatively inexpensive, and make for an incredibly tasty dish.  This recipe makes twelve portions. Continue reading

Film & Photography Competition Winners

The Autumn and Winter Lake District Film and Photography competition came to a close on the 28th February 2011. The competition received over 500 high quality and unique video and photo entries. They were submitted by contributors of varied abilities, making it such a difficult task for Simon Berry, the Chairman and Managing Director of English Lakes to judge. We were looking for films and photography that best portrayed aspects of the Lake District, with this competition focusing on autumn and winter.

The winning film was submitted by Andrew Mason. It is a short video showing a family holiday at Rawfell in the Langdale valley. The video is cleverly edited together similar to a film trailer and really caught the judge’s eye.

 

The winning photo was submitted by Graeme Nicholson. It features a sheep standing by a tree looking out at the surrounding Lake District scenery. Simon Berry commented “with so many great pictures to choose from this was a really hard decision; however I just loved this shot. The sheep is almost saying: I live in the most glorious corner of England, why not come and visit me?”

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Both winners of the Autumn and Winter Film and Photography competition have won a two night break at their choice of English Lakes luxury property, inclusive of dinner on the first night.

Simon Berry says: “When we created this competition we wanted to create a site that would help show off some of the fantastic views and attractions around the Lake District. Many people already make short films and take photos of their visit to the Lakes and this site serves as a showcase to show what they’ve been doing, as well as giving potential visitors the chance to see what’s on offer.” All entries submitted will be showcased on our site for all to see.

As a result of the success of our previous competitions, once again we will be inviting photography entries for a Spring and Summer 2011 competition. Further details on the new competition will be published shortly.

Onesimus director commentates on Asian Games to audience of 500 million

Ian1 A former Olympic athlete from Windermere has been commentating at a sporting event to a massive audience of around 500 million viewers.

Ian Woods, 45, the director of Low Wood Bay-based people development company Onesimus, temporarily swapped working with managers at top UK firms for a microphone and headphones at the recent Asian Winter Games held in Kazakhstan.

Mr Woods, who represented Great Britain in biathlon at the Albertville and Lillehammer Winter Olympics, was commenting on his former sport as well as the cross country skiing event.

“It was a great adventure,” he said. “I really enjoyed doing the work and it was a fantastic experience. The people in Kazakhstan are wonderful and I was very surprised by how good the infrastructure was. They had clearly spent a lot of money to create a positive impression.”

Viewers from more than 20 different countries across Asia and Australasia tuned in to the Astana-Almaty Games. Mr Woods was helping provide the English language commentary for the International Games Broadcasting Service which provided the television footage for the events.

Mr Woods, who has previously done television commentary for Eurosport and was also the national coach of the British biathlon team after hanging up his skis and rifle, likened the competition’s standard to the Commonwealth Games.

Female Range He said: “The standard was very high in some of the sports – particularly the ones I was commentating on, such as biathlon and cross country skiing. They are big winter sports fans in Kazakhstan, especially having taken a silver medal in the biathlon sprint at the Olympics twelve months ago, so there were huge crowds with high expectations.  They have a lot of history in these sports from the Soviet era.”

Ian Woods has been the Director of Onesimus since 2001.  The company is part of the English Lakes group which also includes three hotels and an inn here in the Lake District and two hotels in Lancashire.

Two years ago Ian led an English Lakes team which took a giant red nose up to the top of Skiddaw for Red Nose Day and two years earlier he travelled Around the Lakes in 80 Ways for the charity.

For more information about Onesimus please visit www.onesimus.info


Two great nights for one great price!

Chefs at work Storrs Hall and Kendal College are working in partnership to bring you a culinary treat, in the form of two spectacular dining events on two separate nights, one at Kendal College and one at Storrs Hall.

On March 24th the Kendal College culinary team will be cooking and serving at the prestigious Storrs Hall, to recreate the Grade 1 Centre of Vocational Excellence food that Kendal College is well known for.

On March 31st Will Jones and his team from Storrs Hall will be taking control of the Kendal College kitchen and restaurant to produce the two AA red rosette food of Storrs Hall, using the College culinary team as their restaurant team and kitchen brigade.

This opportunity to attend these exciting events will cost only £50 per person for dinner at both venues. To secure your place call Storrs Hall on 015394 47111.

Whilst we can only take payment as a single booking for both nights, places are transferable, so if you can’t make both nights you are welcome to offer a place on one of the nights to a friend, relative or loved one.