£45,000 Fundraising Target Reached!

Congratulations and thanks to everybody that helped raise an incredible £45,000 in 2010 which will build and equip an orphan home in the Open Arms village in Eldoret, Kenya.  This has been a tremendous effort by all and the results will undoubtedly, and in a very real way, improve the lives of dozens of children for years to come.

The Open Arms fundraising project has clearly shown the dedication and care of the staff at English Lakes who have risen to the challenge with their usual enthusiasm and commitment. The list of activities undertaken this year demonstrates the creative energy that we have within the group:

Open Arms Car Wash Sponsored swimmers, face painting, aerobathon, boxing dinner, raffle, salary giving, learn-to-sail scheme, jumble sale, 3 peaks challenge, 5-aside football competition, sponsored walkers, country and western evening, cellar tours at Storrs, guess the baby’s weight, cake baking, cross bay walk, sponsored runners, Christmas gift fair, silent auction, staff raffle, pyjama party, beauty evening, Land’s End to John o’ Groats static bike ride,  photo competition, car washing, Morrison’s collection, pub quiz, tuck shop … the list is long and impressive!

We hope that the building work on the orphan home will start in Spring 2011 – watch this space for more details.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Vouchers

1005845_untitled1copy Gift Vouchers are the ideal gift for close friends, family, or an important business client. English Lakes offer a choice of hotels within the Lake District and Lancashire providing some of the best locations for a special break in the North West of England.

English Lakes gift vouchers allow flexibility of choice and can be redeemed against short breaks, romance packages, fine dining, watersports activities and more.

Order by 3pm on 21st December 2010 for Christmas delivery.

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Chef returns to Lancaster House

The FoodworksWe are please to announce Damien Ng's returns to Lancaster House as Head Chef. He was previously the sous chef and will now be running The Foodworks the hotel’s rosette awarded Restaurant. Damien was previously at The Borough, one of Lancaster’s most popular eateries since his first stint at Lancaster House.  

He has created a new menu for the restaurant which reflects his passion for fresh local produce and he is proud that all the restaurant’s food is sourced from within 25 miles of Lancaster.

Dishes on the new menu include pan fried king scallops and black pudding with cauliflower puree and crispy cured bacon, Forest of Bowland trio of game breast with creamed mashed potato and red current reduction,  and chocolate rum and raison tart with white chocolate sauce.    

Damien says “I am delighted to have been appointed Head Chef of Lancaster House Foodworks Restaurant. I worked here for six years earlier in my career and I really enjoyed it. I always wanted to come back as head chef and now I am very excited about being able to try out some of my ideas and build on the restaurant’s excellent reputation.’

Damien became a chef at 16.  He first got a taste for cooking at Our Ladies High School in Lancaster where he remembers being taught to make a really good sweet and sour chicken dish. 

Tim Bell, the manager at Lancaster House says “I’m really pleased that Damien has come back to work with us again. He is a very talented chef and I am sure that he will bring fresh ideas to the kitchen while also maintaining our high standards of quality and customer service.”

The Foodworks Restaurant at Lancaster House has established itself as one of the best restaurants in the area.