Lancaster Canal – Restoring Travel from a Bygone Era

Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal over the river Lune
Opened in 1797 the Lune Aqueduct carries the Lancaster Canal over the river Lune

In the mid-18th century Lancaster was a prosperous port but this was threatened as ships grew in size making navigating up the River Lune difficult. Whilst the port at Liverpool in the south was flourishing, the future of the ports of Lancaster and Milnthorpe was in doubt. In an effort to re-invigorate trade, the merchants proposed building a canal which would start at Kendal and run almost due south through Lancaster, to Preston. Initially the scheme did not attract support in the town but eventually in 1770, a group determined to put Lancaster on the canal map won out and John Rennie was asked to survey the canal. Continue reading “Lancaster Canal – Restoring Travel from a Bygone Era”

Sam Says “A Big Thank You!”

Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary
Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary

In a quest to find food that children love and want to eat, whilst at the same time being healthy and nutritious, Lancaster House enlisted the help of a team of school children from Scotforth Church of England Primary School in Lancaster. The creativity and the passion for food that they expressed proved inspirational and helped shaped the new Sam’s Menu at The Foodworks Restaurant, Lancaster House. On 4th June the children were invited to the hotel where Chef had prepared a taster menu, transforming their creative ideas to an edible reality. Continue reading “Sam Says “A Big Thank You!””

Mont Blanc looms for Lancaster House Hotel Manager

Tim Bell practicing for his next charity challenge.
Tim Bell practicing for his next charity challenge.

At English Lakes we are always looking out for ways to have a positive impact on our local communities. We do this in a number of ways from policy and practice to voluntary support and raising funds for charity. We all try to do our bit, but one member of the Lancaster House always strives to take his fund raising to new heights!

Tim Bell, Lancaster House General Manager, is due to make his attempt to summit Mont Blanc between June 15 and 21. He is climbing the mountain to help raise money for local charity St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

Lying on the France-Italy Border, and standing at 15,781ft, the notorious Alp, which is the highest peak in Western Europe, has often claimed around 100 lives each year. Continue reading “Mont Blanc looms for Lancaster House Hotel Manager”

TEDx at Lancaster University

logoLancaster University will be hosting a TEDx event on 18th June within a few minutes walk of Lancaster House on the University campus.

TED is a world renowned nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and previous speakers have included Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates and several Nobel Laureates. Continue reading “TEDx at Lancaster University”

Toasting The Lancaster Bomber at Lancaster House

Say the name “Lancaster” to most people in the street and chances are it will conjure up two distinct images. The historic Northern city with it’s Castle, rich heritage and internationally renowned University. And of course, the name of Britain’s most illustrious and celebrated Bomber Plane, made famous by it’s “Bouncing Bomb” missions during World War II.

Lancaster Bomber (Photo Credit: Steve Slater)
Lancaster Bomber (Photo Credit: Steve Slater)

May 2013 marks the 70th anniversary since 617 squadron took to the air in a “Lancaster” heading for the Ruhr Valley armed with a revolutionary bomb, (devised by the great inventor Sir Barnes E Wallace), with the primary aim to destroy the great Dams and industrial heart of Hitler’s Germany. “Operation Chastise”  was an audacious plan to break down the infrastructure of the industrial factories in central Germany, with “The Bouncing Bomb” which had been devised and tested under great secrecy in Kent and Chesil Beach.  Continue reading “Toasting The Lancaster Bomber at Lancaster House”

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.

I asked why The Midland had become her regular ‘home from home’. Continue reading “The Midland – So Much More Than the View!”

A New Lancaster House Menu What Children REALLY Want

Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary
Damien Ng and Emma Underwood, Lancaster House and the children of Scotforth C of E Primary

The planning of a new children’s menu can be fairly long, drawn-out affair. Quality local suppliers must be sought, analysis of what children are favouring from our current menu, ensuring that we are keeping up with the ever-changing high street trends, and even, as we have done in the past, consulting to underline our commitment to healthy eating.

But for the next Lancaster House Sam’s menu, the team wanted to know what Kids Really want. So, we have gone ‘back to school’ to find out from the children themselves. Continue reading “A New Lancaster House Menu What Children REALLY Want”