James and Emma’s Wedding at Lancaster House

James and Emma recently held their wedding at Lancaster House. We are thrilled that they shared with us details of their wedding planning along with photos of their wedding celebrations.

The couple met while they were both at Sixth Form College, when Emma was 16 and James, 17. They were on a college trip to view Leeds University, and none of James’ friends went so he tagged along with my Emma’s friends. The rest is history! Continue reading “James and Emma’s Wedding at Lancaster House”

Lancaster House, New Manager Inspires a Green Future

Lancaster House welcomes Andy Lemm as General Manager. Andy has bags of vision for the future of the hotel, but he is also returning to a place that is a significant part of his past. 

Lancaster House has always been a special place for me. It was my home for nearly two years and I met Michelle, my wife, here when she was Restaurant & Banqueting Manager.  We married at Lancaster House and so it has been a huge part of my life already. Lancaster House was a great management training ground and prepared me for my first general manager’s position at The Wild Boar, also part of the English Lakes family of hotels.

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10 Romantic Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding

Traditionally the weather-obsessed Brits have chosen Summer as the time for tying the knot. However, there is a growing trend for a cosy intimate winter weddings. There’s a number of good reasons for this, here are our top ten. Continue reading “10 Romantic Reasons to Consider a Winter Wedding”

3 Tasty Turkey Alternatives for Christmas Dinner

Lancaster House General Manager Tim Bell, convinces us to try something different for Christmas Day this year.

Having been in the hotel and restaurant game for 25 years, you’ll forgive me for exhaling a deep sigh when the topic of Turkey comes into festive conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against the traditionally seasonal poultry. The sight of a magnificently oversized, perfectly cooked bird adorning the dinner table every December 25th is what we Brits do! Continue reading “3 Tasty Turkey Alternatives for Christmas Dinner”

Top Tips for Saving Money and the Environment

Emma Underwood
Emma Underwood

The team at Lancaster House is dedicated to ensure that the hotel is one of the Lancashire leaders when it comes to green initiatives, reducing our carbon footprint and supporting our local environment.

Adding to our Gold status in the Green Business Tourism Scheme, the hotel was recently shortlisted in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, Sustainable Tourism category. Emma Underwood, Deputy Manager at Lancaster House and our ‘Green Champion’ is keen to spread the message that it’s not just businesses that can get involved. Here are her four top tips that will help save you money, whilst also saving the environment. Continue reading “Top Tips for Saving Money and the Environment”

Keeping it Cool with Cool Cow Ice Cream

Did you know July is officially the month of Ice Cream? President Ronald Reagan of the United States proclaimed that July was forever to be ‘Ice Cream Month‘. Here in the UK we don’t need an excuse, serving ice cream 12 months of the year, but in honour of the month we want to introduce you to our local supplier… Cool Cow.

When English Lakes Hotels are looking for a new supplier, our criteria is pretty strict to say the least. Certainly, price is way down the list of pre-requisites, as we always prioritise the far more important qualities of great food and drink such as flavour, variety, ethical methods of production, locality, environmental awareness and of course, true quality. Continue reading “Keeping it Cool with Cool Cow Ice Cream”

Play in the Park – Hansel and Gretel

It’s the biggest walkabout theatre event in Britain and has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years… and it’s right on our doorstep at Lancaster House!

For the last few years I have had every intention of getting along to The Duke’s Play in the Park but it has come and gone amidst the flurry of other family responsibilities. Now that my darling teens-plus are doing their own thing, all of a sudden I have leisure to savour some of these ‘must-do-one-day-when-life-is-less-busy’ activities.


I love all aspects of the theatre, starting with the sense of anticipation on the journey there. Saturday, 4th July was no exception. The sun was shining after the previous day’s downpours and I had my supermarket ‘Bag for Life’ make-do ground sheet – just in case we didn’t get a log to sit on! Continue reading “Play in the Park – Hansel and Gretel”