The Walking Poets: Wordsworth and Bashō

Colin Fox 2011Colin Fox has been part of the Japan Forum for almost as long as he has been the Group Marketing Manager at English Lakes. Japan has been our number one international market and this strong relationship is set to continue for many years to come. Japanese guests visit the Lake District for its rich cultural history and timeless landscape. Colin writes below about a new exhibition which combines both English and Japanese culture across the centuries.

At the end of June I was invited to go along to the official opening of the newest exhibition, Wordsworth and Bashō: Walking Poets, at Dove Cottage in Grasmere. I suspect that I was invited in my capacity as Chairman of the Japan Forum or as a self-confessed Japanophile. I was certainly interested to see this collection of cross cultural works of visual and written word. The opening ceremony speeches included David Warren, current Chair of the Japan Society and ex British ambassador in Tokyo, who talked about the importance of a great relationship between Britain and Japan and the synergies between the two countries.

The Walking Poets: Wordsworth and Bashō

The Walking Poets : Wordsworth and Bashō

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Malt of the Month – Laphroaig 10 Year Old

This month The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, is back  closer to home exploring an all-malt whisky from Scotland for his ‘Malt of the Month’ in July 2014. 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced ‘La-froyg’, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay”. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour. 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. 

The Ubiquitous Burger

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

English Lakes Children’s menu helps to build a future

Sam’s Club is our way of welcoming children to the English Lakes family of hotels. Children aged 5 to 10 each receives a goody bag to keep them entertained during their stay at the hotels. During school holidays we have our Sam’s Splashtime at Low Wood Club and Sandpiper Club, where we provide Sam’s pool inflatables and toys. We also have nature walks and craft activities at various times and different locations around the group. Sam makes appearances now and again to welcome the children in person – you just never know when he might pop up!

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Max’s Doggy Holiday – Waterhead, Ambleside

English Lakes is proud of it’s pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. Once again, Max has been out and about and eager to tell us of his visit to Waterhead…

My tail was wagging extra excitedly when I heard that our next holiday was going to be next to the lake at The Waterhead! I do love a good splash about!

I love a good splash!

I love a good splash!

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The Midland Hotel – A Walk Around the Past

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins, Concierge at The Midland in Morecambe, is always in demand for his interesting and insightful tours of the hotel.

Guests from all over the world with an interest in architecture and history visit The Midland and Brian is happy to be in a position to enhance the guest’s experience by furnishing them with details of the original design and architect, Oliver Hill, the restoration, artwork by Eric Gill, Marion Dorn and Eric Ravilious as well as anecdotes of life in the hotel past and present.

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Bring Me Sunshine in a Painting!

Morecambe is renowned for many things including two icons, The Midland hotel and the beloved Eric Morecambe, synonymous with the song that crosses the generation gap – ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

Artist, Neil Eckersley, successfully combines both of these in his painting of that name. When Simon Berry, Chairman and Managing Director of English Lakes saw Neil’s painting, he was quick to purchase the original which now takes pride of place on his office wall.

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