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Cassie Patten’s Training advice for the next Great North Swim

In the final video of our series filmed at Low Wood Bay, Cassie Patten talks to Kate, Anna and Rachel about training in preparation for next years Great North Swim. Continue reading

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The Wild Boar Malt of the Month – Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old

For June’s Malt of the Month I have chosen what has become a firm favourite with a few of the staff here at The Wild Boar, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year old. Continue reading

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Waterhead Gin of the Month – No.3 London Dry Gin

Waterhead has a large collection of Gin , on your next visit to the bar, be sure to ask about our Gin Library! Each month we feature a Gin of the Month, for May our choice is No. 3 London Dry which celebrates a long heritage of excellence in the wine and spirit trade. Continue reading

Inspiring Art – The Gondola Sails for Home

Waterhead enjoys a close link with local artists in our community. For the next few months we are hosting a work by Mike Labrum entitled, ‘Evening, The Gondola Sails for Home’. Continue reading

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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

Slum Dog Hotelier Launches New Charity

Elliot Berry is the youngest son of Simon Berry, English Lakes Chairman and Managing Director. In the run up to the fundraising dinner for a new charity he tells us a little about his work in Africa. 

The Lake District and Kambi Teso Slum 7,484 km apart, but both my home. I feel comfortable in any of the English Lakes hotels or in any of the shacks in the dark slum alleys. Whether suited and booted for a function or booted and fully deet sprayed (to repel flees) either of them is my life. Continue reading

Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art

Local artist Rebekah Claire Matthews will be showcasing some of her art, created using melted beeswax at The Festival of Smoke at The Wild Boar. Ahead of the festival we take the time to learn more about this ancient form of painting…

Encaustic Art, an ancient form of painting

art5Encaustic art is an ancient form of painting using coloured beeswax which is applied to card using an iron. The word “Encaustic” comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos”, which means “to burn in”.

Rebekah has spent the last few years developing and perfecting her skills and knowledge of Encaustic art afterfirst being introduced to the medium by local arts and crafts specialist Marilyn Hale.

Encaustic Art is an ancient form of painting which uses melted beeswax to which coloured pigments have been added.  This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300AD.  Rebekah is one of only a handful of artists in Cumbria to specialise in the art-form. Continue reading