Holiday Book Review: The Grave Tattoo

Holiday Book review of Val McDermid's Lake District based Thriller

Holiday Book review of Val McDermid’s Lake District based Thriller

Before setting off on holiday, I like to try to read a novel either about the place I am visiting or by a local author. I don’t mind if the details of the plot are factually correct or if the author has used artistic license, I am more interested in soaking up an atmosphere or the ‘sense’ of a place; a preparation for discovery.

For visitors to the Lake District, Val McDermid does this in her psychological suspense thriller The Grave Tattoo.  She mixes history, literature and murder most foul wrapped up in the culture and heritage of Wordsworth country. Many of the place names are actual – Lancaster, Kendal, Keswick, Coniston –Dove Cottage, Grasmere and even Zefferelli’s cinema in Ambleside get a mention. Continue reading

The Olympic Torch in the Lakes District & North Lancashire

The Olympic torch arrived in Cumbria this morning and it is currently on route down from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Windermere. Over the next two days the torch will pass though the Lake District and North Lancashire and on its way it will pass 4 of our 6 properties in Ambleside, Windermere, Morecambe and Lancaster where you will find us lining the streets cheering it on.

Below is the list of approximate times and locations the Olympic Torch Relay is scheduled to visit over the next two days.

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Waterhead features on ITV’s “There’s No Taste Like Home”

Update 4/11/11: For the next 30 Days you can watch Waterhead’s episode of There’s No Taste Like Home for free online on the ITV Player. Watch Now!

Gino D'acampo and Mark Needham at Waterhead

Gino D'acampo and Mark Needham

ITV cookery programme “There’s No Taste Like Home” in a competition to find the best home cooked meal from three local home cooks.

Waterhead played host to TV chef Gino D’Acampo and film crew in March and the results can be seen at 4pm November 3 on ITV1.

The yet to be revealed winning dish will then have the honour of being featured on the Waterhead’s menu for a whole month after the programme airs.

The show aims to celebrate unsung traditional family recipes and prove they can still have a place in modern restaurants.

Barbara Baty, 59, from Carlisle; Cecelia Campbell, 47, from Grasmere and Andrew Sharp, 47, from Ambleside all had to impress with their choice of home cooked dishes.

Paying diners at Waterhead had to judge between the three dishes before Gino awarded the winner a coveted place on the restaurant’s menu.

Mark Needham, general manager of the Waterhead, said: “It was great fun having Gino and the crew here filming and the diners really got into the spirit of the occasion.

”We can’t wait to have the winning dish on the menu and expect it to go down really well with customers.”

Waterhead is a boutique hotel on the shores of Windermere with an award winning restaurant that has views over the lake.

The restaurant has just been given a modern makeover and transformed into a new bar and grill with a fresh new menu that uses the best local produce to serve up classic bistro dishes with a creative twist.

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Individual Room Competition

278260_189281261129357_129784910412326_523431_4886490_o In April we announced our new Individual Rooms where Waterhead became the first hotel in the Lake District to give its guests the opportunity to personalise their rooms.

Following a public vote, today we have an addition to our individual room collection chosen by you. Before now we have simply referred to it as “Modern Teapot” which received over 150 votes in our Facebook competition.

The new addition is an Alessi Tea pot designed by Michael Graves which adds a contemporary look to the much used and loved tea pot. On our Facebook page Kara Harris described it as “a very classy modern piece, which speaks for itself” and Suzie Dickens says “It reflects clean lines and clean living, just like the fresh open air in the Lakes.”

We could only have one winner and unfortunately our quirky “Post Office Teapot” described by Jen Lambert as “kitsch and fabulous” lost the battle. Our Bathtub and Rubber Duck Tea Pot retains its quirky crown in the collection.

We are pleased to announce that Emma Mays was randomly selected as the winner of a stay in one of our new individual rooms at Waterhead.