I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when our party of seven arrived at The Wild Boar Inn for a Fawlty Towers meets Murder Mystery evening on Friday! Yes, it was everything that has just come to mind … Manuel in full slapstick style, Sybil’s soul shivering shrieks, Polly lending a note of sanity to the madness, a murder, a few red herrings and of course, Basil’s bumptious buffoonery! All this, plus a chorus or two of operatic singing, a bowl of salad being let loose across the room, a mysterious German guest but ‘don’t mention the war’, a cleverly crafted plot to keep you guessing ‘who dunnit?’, champagne, canapés and a three-course meal from The Wild Boar Inn, Grill and Smokehouse. Continue reading
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Head chef Andy Caulfield at Waterhead has produced a full menu of more than 40 dishes that are inspired by the county’s extensive food heritage, but with an innovative contemporary twist.
Andy and his team use familiar tastes in unconventional ways to create exciting new dishes. Starters such as ‘sticky toffee duck leg’ combine flavours of the famous pudding with a juicy confit duck leg. Mains include a trio of the famous Lakeland fell-bred Herdwick lamb – including a mouth-watering roast rack, rump and herb crusted braised shoulder.
Sweet-tooths are also catered for with desserts such as a Kendal mint cake flavoured trifle, Grasmere gingerbread cheesecake, a Cumbrian sharing fondue, and Cumberland Rum Nicky – one of the area’s oldest known desserts dating back to the East Indies trading routes.
Cumbria has a fantastically rich history and heritage for its food, thanks in large part to the intrepid 18th Century sea-faring traders. The trade that passed through Whitehaven saw an influx of exotic spices, rum, fruits and molasses which gave birth to a range of favourite foods.
The new hyper-local menu is a blend of that rich history and the great contemporary products, all given an innovative twist by the chefs in our kitchen to create a truly stunning menu that will make Cumbria and the Lake District proud.
- Written by: +Kris Littlewood
Lancaster 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.
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!
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.
The Waterhead at Ambleside has recently introduced a whole new concept of dining, Bar & Grill at Waterhead. Previously the Bay Bar & Restaurant, the Waterhead now offers an extensive all day menu served between 11.30am and 7pm, and then an evening a la carte menu from 7pm until 9.30pm.
Bar & Grill at Waterhead offers a bright, modern setting in which to enjoy anything from a classic Afternoon Tea to a selection of steaks cooked exactly to your liking from the grill menu. Bar & Grill at Waterhead has the perfect garden terrace to enjoy the views of the lake and the historic steamers dropping passengers off at the pier opposite.
The concept of Bar & Grill is inspired by the wealth of fresh Cumbrian produce that is available right on our doorstep, mixed with comfortable interiors, good beers and wines and attentive, but not intrusive service.
Bar & Grill is offering 50% off all grill items throughout October (available Sunday-Thursday only, grill menu available 7pm until 9.30pm), for example, 8oz fillet steak is usually £25, and will be £12.50 for the duration of the offer. Booking is essential and you must quote the offer on booking.
Perfect for all occasions from an in intimate dinner for 2 to a hearty family Sunday lunch, please call 015394 30708 to make your reservation today.