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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5 things you may not know about The Midland Hotel

The Midland FrontageThis year sees The Midland celebrate its 80th anniversary having first opened its doors on 12th July 1933. Designed by Oliver Hill with interior decoration by Eric Gill the hotel has a rich heritage. The Midland has allegedly been a favourite haunt of celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Noel Coward which only adds to its illustrious history and air of seaside glamour.

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The Vintage Festival to visit The Midland for Iconic Anniversary

The Midland is often cited as being one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. And this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary year the hotel will host a spectacular Vintage celebration.

MID-PostcardDuring a golden period before the Second World War, The Midland, recognised widely as an art deco masterpiece, played host to luminaries and fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson, Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward, who enjoyed the panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells in the distance.

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The Midland – So Much More Than the View!

The Midland, Morecambe

The Midland, Morecambe

Chatting with one of our regular guests, Pauleen MacDonald, and enjoying the view from The Midland on a perfectly clear, crisp winter’s morning over Morecambe Bay to the snow covered Lake District mountains in the background, it struck me that Pauleen’s enjoyment of The Midland had nothing to do with the spectacular view. Despite being born almost completely blind, Pauleen leads an active and independent life, traveling regularly from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe.

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A +1 Wedding to Remember

Take a beautiful young Receptionist from Low Wood Bay, a soldier home from duty, a tight timescale, slim budget and stunning location mix them together with the highly professional Low Wood Bay team add a generous helping of +1 acts of kindness and you have … another Low Wood Bay fairy tale wedding!

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Lancaster hotel strikes gold with green award

Green_tourism_gold.logo_web Lancaster House has achieved a ‘gold award’ following an inspection by the national tourism environmental assessors.

Following an audit by the Green Tourism Business Scheme Lancaster House has been accredited with the highest level of award achievable.

The hotel, which is located in south Lancaster and is part of English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues, was commended for its strong management of the hotel which ensures that energy, water and waste are monitored to achieve reductions. The audit revealed that the hotel’s staff are well informed and trained in sustainability issues. Lancaster House has supported various environmental and social projects and is keen to encourage its guests to be more aware of the impact of their stay.

Other initiatives which led to the Gold Award include the use of water coolers to reduce plastic bottle waste, the fitting of LED lighting, reduced water flows and also good recycling.

Lancaster House’s Taste of Lancashire award for sourcing produce from within the county was also taken into consideration.

Emma Underwood, operations manager at Lancaster House, said: “It is fantastic that we have been recognised for all the work and effort that has gone in to really reduce the hotel’s impact on the environment.

“English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues take sustainability and the environment extremely seriously and have worked hard to introduce a range of measures to make Lancaster House, and all the other hotels we operate, much more environmentally-friendly.”

Stuart Brain, senior assessor with the Green Tourism Business Scheme, said: “The Green Tourism Gold Award is a significant achievement that reflects the commitment and dedication of the recipient to assess their business’ impact on the environment."

“Lancaster House has obviously invested a lot of time and effort to reduce its environmental footprint and is thoroughly deserving of this Gold Award.”

Waterhead’s New Bar & Grill

Rob-photographer-24-MODIFIED2-M 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.

Rob-Photographer-43-LThe 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.