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.
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.
Dublé is one of the first and definitely still one of the best Michael Bublé shows around, with a sensational voice that never fails to astound his audiences. This clip is of his opening performance of “Cry Me a River” at Lancaster House Hotel in 2012.
Dublé returns to Lancaster House on Saturday 7th June 2014. Evening inclusive of arrival glass of Bucks Fizz, delicious 3 course dinner & cabaret entertainment from only £32.50 per person. Telephone: 01524 844 822
In a year that has given so many reasons to celebrate such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Olympics, as well as English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues celebrating its own 60th Birthday, the Lancaster House team have been inspired to challenge themselves once again for a local charity who are also this year celebrating their own 25th anniversary. Continue reading “A “Cracking” Christmas Run for local Charity”→
I have always been of the opinion that when it comes to planning a great meal, sometimes its best to look to the past rather than trying to re-invent the wheel. Every chef boasts about their “own interpretations” or “contemporary twists” on dishes. But for me personally, you’d be hard pressed to beat a true classic that’s been around for generations. Something your Gran might have made. Something that evokes warm, childhood memories of happy times at the family dinner table.
With this is mind, here’s a dish we’ve reincarnated recently at Lancaster House, and what’s more, it’s incredibly easy and also relatively cheap to make.
Beef Daube in a Guinness & Red Wine Stew and “Real” Dumplings (For 2)
For the Stew
For the Dumplings
2 Beef Daubes diced into 1½ cm cubes
1 Large Diced Onion
1 Small Swede & 2 carrots cut into 1cm cubes
2 celery sticks (roughly chopped)
3 Tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
2 glasses of red wine
2 cans of Guinness or stout
25g Fresh Thyme (finely chopped)
½ bulb of garlic (crushed)
Beef-based Thickening agent
4½ oz of Self Raising Flour
1½ oz of Beef Suet
¼ tspn of Salt
1 tbsp of Chopped Parsley
½ tbsp of Fresh Thyme
2 Cloves of Garlic
3½ fl/oz of water
Place all the ingredients (except the thickening agent) for the stew in a deep sauté or good non-stick saucepan
Add the red wine and the Guinness and make sure there is enough to cover all the ingredients, bearing in mind some of the liquid will evaporate during cooking. If you need to add more wine, then feel free to do so. (You can never have too much of a good thing I say!)
Bring the pan to boil. Once it’s reached boiling, turn the heat down and let it simmer for at least 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.
For the dumplings, place all your carefully weighed out ingredients (except the water) into a bowl and make a “well” in the middle of it. Now add the water and mix with your hands to make into a nice soft, spongy dough.
Clean and dry your hands thoroughly. Now add a little flour to cover the inside of your hands and roll out 6 balls of the dough mixture into round dumplings
As soon as the meat is tender, start adding some of your thickening agent (Bisto is good). But don’t thicken it too much as you don’t want it to burn after you’ve added your dumplings
Now, the most important part. Season with Salt & Pepper (to your own liking) and add the dumplings to the pan and keep on a low heat for another 15-20 minutes. The dumplings should rise a little.
Serve into a bowl accompanied with your favourite vegetables. I’d go for some nice creamy mash and green beans. Hope you’ve also saved a little red wine to accompany your meal
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.