Groundforce Lancaster

As part of Lancaster House’s commitment to local charities, members of the hotel team recently swopped their chef’s whites and uniforms for Gardening gloves and Wellington Boots for Heysham-based charity Primrose House  The local residential care home which provides dedicated 24-hour care for severely disabled young adults had a back garden in desperate need of a Horticultural make-over. 10 years of thorn and weed growth had overgrown a sizeable area and was preventing the residents from enjoying this spacious area.

Lancaster House Groundforce Team
Helen Luszczak, Wedding Coordinator, Dave Jarret, Head of Maintenance, Damien Ng, Head Chef, Emma Underwood, Operations Manager, and Ricky Robinson also from the maintenance department

They were also joined by Tim Bell, General Manager who is Chair of Trustees for Primrose House and a keen supporter and fund-raiser for the charity.

“It was a certainly a very different day for us” Tim comments. “The sheer scale of the gardening challenge was very daunting when we first arrived in the morning, but thanks to some great team work and a few handy tools lent to us by a local landscape gardening firm, we were able to completely clear the area in just 5 hours. Now, the residents and staff can fully appreciate the back garden and enjoy the nice weather we’re hopefully looking forward to this Spring and Summer”

The team were recently awarded Gold status in the Green Business Tourism scheme thanks to efforts and projects such as the gardening day at Primrose House and are looking forward to helping more local charities and projects in the future.

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.

The Midland to Host Ladies Day at the Races Event

November The Midland is proud to host ‘Ladies Day at the Races’ this Sunday 3rd July 2011, an event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK organised by fundraiser Kate Hardcastle, who has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness of the cause.

"Pancreatic Cancer claimed the lives of my mother, Marguerite, and my brother, Terry.  Their pain made me determined to raise awareness of and funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK; so that a test may be found to detect this cancer early and so to save more than the 3% who currently survive."

"Since 1st March 2009 over £10,000 has been raised due to the generosity of people on our previous charity events such as our 7,000 mile Odyssey around the UK by bus in 2009 and on our 97 mile walk from Morecambe to Saltburn in 2010.  My goal is £20,238 and with your help this can be achieved”.

At the event you will own and name your own racehorse and the winning horse gets a bottle of champagne. The afternoon is inclusive of strawberry afternoon tea, half price cocktails, a ladies Hat competition, grand raffele and you could even win money by betting on the races. Entertainmet for the even will be porivded by Ray Evans, Lounge Pianist.

Tickets for the event are £30 per person and include a Pimms reception, your own racehorse, strawberry tea and half price cocktails.

The event starts at 2.30pm at The Midland Morecambe. Tickets can be purchased through Kate on 01524 823080 or 07702980903. All proceeds will go to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Midland cinefilm shows 1950s Morecambe life

MID Film Rare cinefilm depicting Morecambe life in the 1950s is now on show at the iconic art deco Midland hotel in Morecambe.

The film gives a fascinating insight into life in a sunkissed Morecambe in 1959.  It features a packed seafront of happy go lucky holiday makers enjoying the summer sunshine, with children playing in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoying a traditional Punch and Judy show on the beach, and even tall ships moored by the pier.

Historic Happy Mount Park is also featured with its gardens, mini train and even a small zoo with seals, pelicans and bears.

The footage was discovered by chance at a car boot sale by the parents of one of the architects involved in the redevelopment of the property.  It was then digitally converted to DVD by staff at English Lakes, which runs The Midland, and there was a surprise for IT Manager Harvie Rollins when he spotted his parents and elder brother in some of the footage.

Harvie says: “I was just checking the film to see if it was in the correct format for digital conversion and was only about 30 seconds in when by chance I spotted my family in one of the scenes on the seafront.  It was a nice surprise and struck a chord as my Dad was a keen cinefilm buff and amateur film maker.”

The film is now showing to guests in rooms at The Midland. Matt Stanaway, the manager of The Midland says: “The Midland has such a wonderful history, and to be able to show guests the film of Morecambe as it used to be is a nice addition to the rooms.  No doubt there will be some other people – locals and visitors – who will spot family members in the film.

“I'm sure some local people will also have similar footage and if so we’d love to hear from them.”

The film was also used as inspiration for the redevelopment of the hotel.  Still frames were used as prints in each room and the colour schemes of the rooms is based around the stills.

Originally built in the 1930s, the art deco inspired hotel helped to make the town fashionable, with celebrity guests including Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson and Lawrence Olivier.

The Midland overlooks the uninterrupted coastline of Morecambe Bay with views across to the Lake District.

A Winter Wonderland

The Lake District and North Lancashire have recently enjoyed snowfall over the past week creating a stunning winter wonderland. Many guests are enjoying winter walks, sledging in the nearby hills and fells and some beautiful photo opportunities.

With a fine selection of hotels in the heart of the Lake District and two hotels in north Lancashire with the Trough of Bowland, Lune Valley and Morecambe Bay on the doorsteps; now is the perfect time to come and admire the beauty of the surrounding snow dusted landscapes. Enjoy the snow while it lasts - especially since we have put together a great selection of 2 night January Super Saver offers with prices starting from £89.00 per person for a two night bed and full English breakfast stay with dinner included on the first night. For more information visit our special package deals.

Hazy snowy view

Snowy view towards Haweswater

Snowy view to Haweswater and High Street

Lone walker on Knipe Scar

Lancaster castle snow

Morecambe Snow 2009

Morecambe Snow 2009

Morecambe Snow 2009

Many thanks to Adam Stephenson Photography, Chris Cant and Campdavemorecambe for allowing us to share a selecetion of the above photos.