Wedding Dresses – Why White?

Ahead of our two wedding fayres at Lancaster House and The Wild Boar on Sunday 2nd March 2014. We thought we would follow up our Weird and Wonderful Wedding Traditions blog with a look at the traditional white wedding dress we so often see at our five individual Lake District and Lancashire wedding venues.

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In the west we often accept the tradition of a white wedding dress as a staple part of  the wedding celebration and assume that it has always been the case.

Not so, the white wedding dress fashion was initially introduced as a  protest against the effects of the industrial revolution! Below are a ten interesting facts around wedding attire… Continue reading

Lancaster House – Our New Year Home from Home!

As part of our +1 culture at English Lakes, it is always our aim to make raving fans! John Morley, a self confessed raving fan of Lancaster House (Read his TripAdvisor Review) tells us about his New Year Break with us… 

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Sending our guests “POTTY” at New Year

Here at Lancaster House, we’re fortunate that we have so many return guests join us to celebrate New Year. We’re proud to say that many of them we now regard more as ‘friends’ and it’s always one of my favourite days of the year welcoming old friends back to “The House”.

I particularly enjoy New Year’s Day afternoon when Everyone is feeling a little lethargic after the previous night’s festivities, but there’s a wonderful sense of relaxed happiness as the guests make themselves at home. Over the last ten years, we’ve done all sorts of activities on 1st January from Canal trips to Whisky tasting, Archery to Cake Decorating. But this year will certainly go down in my memory as one of the best yet. Continue reading

Weird and Wonderful Wedding Traditions

Like many others, I never attend a wedding without having first purchased my little box of confetti, which is secreted away until the moment of release when the newly weds are bombarded with a shower of brightly coloured paper. It didn’t strike me until very recently to question why I throw little pieces recyclable, biodegradable, non-toxic, flame retardant heart-felt congratulations over my friends and family …

Aimee and Andy's Wedding at Lancaster House - Credit: Lisa Aldersley

Aimee and Andy’s Wedding at Lancaster House – Photo Credit: Lisa Aldersley

This tradition started many hundreds of years ago where guests scattered the happy couple with grains and fruit to signify their wish for them to a fruitful union – now that makes sense, if indeed they have any inclination or desire to start a family! Continue reading

20 course red rose menu to celebrate Lancashire Day

Lancaster House Foodworks RestaurantLancaster House will be celebrating Lancashire Day and its 20th Birthday in true red-rose style this Sunday by offering a Lancashire Sunday Lunch menu with a difference.

To mark the county’s big day and the hotel’s two decades in business, Lancaster House is serving a 20-course Lancashire tasting menu on Lancashire Day, November 27th at the very special price of just £20.  It’s thought to be the largest tasting menu ever served in the county.

Just 20 places are available for the exclusive meal which will be served in the Hotel’s Lancashire-themed Foodworks Restaurant from 1pm.  Head Chef, Damien Ng will be celebrating the produce of the county in each course with some well-known Red-rose favourites as well as using the best produce from local suppliers.

Dishes on the “Taste-of” menu include contemporary and traditional twists on Morecambe Bay Shrimps, Bury Black Pudding, Minted Lancashire Hot Pot, Bowland Pig Cheek, plumb and cream cheesecake, chocolate sticky toffee pudding and  Lancashire Cheeses.

“We wanted to celebrate Lancashire Day and our own 20th birthday by doing something really special,” said Damian.  “Tasting menus don’t normally include more than ten dishes but we wanted to create a menu that would show the diversity and quality of the great produce and recipes that come from Lancashire.

“Restaurants like ours are fortunate to have access to some fantastic produce on our doorstep.  As well as having some well known traditional recipes, we’ve seen local produce in the county go from strength to strength over the last decade or so.

“It is going to be a big challenge both for the team in the kitchen to prepare so many different dishes but also for the waiting staff who will have to move particularly quickly to get each of the dishes out to our guests.

“There’s no need to worry about how you are going to get through twenty dishes!  Each course on a tasting menu is a small sample of a traditionally much larger dish but still encompassing all the flavours and balance. So hopefully everyone can complete their culinary journey of this great county.

Lancaster House, was opened in 1991 by HRH Princess Alexandra and has enjoyed two decades of success, winning many awards including twice-named “Lancashire Large Hotel of the Year”, “Taste Lancashire Highest Quality” and more recently Gold Status in The Green Business Tourism Scheme.

The bookings for the lunch will be strictly limited to 20 places and on a “first-come first-served” basis and the epic-meal will be served from 1pm.

To make a booking contact Lancaster House on 01524 844822.