Play in the Park – Hansel and Gretel

It’s the biggest walkabout theatre event in Britain and has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years… and it’s right on our doorstep at Lancaster House!

(Don’t miss the competition below)

For the last few years I have had every intention of getting along to The Duke’s Play in the Park but it has come and gone amidst the flurry of other family responsibilities. Now that my darling teens-plus are doing their own thing, all of a sudden I have leisure to savour some of these ‘must-do-one-day-when-life-is-less-busy’ activities.

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I love all aspects of the theatre, starting with the sense of anticipation on the journey there. Saturday, 4th July was no exception. The sun was shining after the previous day’s downpours and I had my supermarket ‘Bag for Life’ make-do ground sheet – just in case we didn’t get a log to sit on! 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