Dublé – Michael Bublé Tribute “Cry Me a River”

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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

Happy Lancashire Day!

Lancashire Rose, the heraldic device of the House of Lancaster

Did you know today is Lancashire Day?

It commemorates the day in 1295 when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament by King Edward I of England to attend what later became known as The Model Parliament.

Lancashire Day was first observed in 1996 with the loyal toast to “The Queen, Duke of Lancaster”, and is open to celebration from everywhere within the county.

At Lancaster House we are so proud to be apart of Lancashire that we feature the red rose of Lancashire in the hotels logo, the heraldic device of the House of Lancaster.

Who is having Lancashire Hotpot tonight?

 

Lancashire Fireworks Spectacular 2012

On Saturday 3rd November the skies above Lancaster will be ablaze with colour with the 2012 Firework Spectacular from the historic Lancaster Castle.

The fireworks spectacular can be seen from a number of viewing areas around the Castle. We recommend viewing the fireworks from Ashton Memorial, a perfect place to see the display without the crowds! Our Reception teams will be able to advise on how to get to the best viewing spots. The general rule is ‘If you can see the castle – you can see the fireworks!’ Continue reading

The Olympic Torch in the Lakes District & North Lancashire

The Olympic torch arrived in Cumbria this morning and it is currently on route down from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Windermere. Over the next two days the torch will pass though the Lake District and North Lancashire and on its way it will pass 4 of our 6 properties in Ambleside, Windermere, Morecambe and Lancaster where you will find us lining the streets cheering it on.

Below is the list of approximate times and locations the Olympic Torch Relay is scheduled to visit over the next two days.

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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.

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.”

Charity 3 Peaks Challenge: Sometimes, you just have to ask yourself “Why?”

English Lakes Hotels Charity 3 Peaks Challenge

N10150118264585221_1605The second guest blog post from Tim Bell (General Manager of Lancaster House Hotel) and his team as they prepare for the ultimate British Mountain Challenge – Ben Nevis, Sca Fell Pike & Snowdon in 24 hours in aid of English Lakes Hotels sponsored charities Open Arms International and the Primrose House Trust. Follow the teams progress here and on Facebook with further information on how to donate to the charities to follow soon.

Saturday night, and it's the aftermath of another walk. This one felt a
little different though to last week's disorientating snow-scramble up
Helvellyn. Sure, it was fun, scenic, peaceful – all the usual stuff I look for
in a good Lakeland Trek. But this one was……well……erm……kinda…..it's
hard to put my finger on it. Oh, I've got it! It was "5 HOURS OF FEMUR-BENDING,
PELVIC-ERODING, METATARSAL-MINCING TORTURE!"

DSC00034 But do you know what? Now that my body has been submerged for 1 hour in a
deep bath consisting of 5% water and 95% radox, and my heart-rate no longer
sounds like the kind of frantic drum beats that can often be heard bellowing
from those Vauxhall Corsa's dressed up in Halford's accessories, I can still
look back on today's experience and pigeon-hole it into the "Yeh, that was a
good day" box. I like that box, and I think I need to get a bigger one.

So, before I go off on a random tangent and start waffling about today's
walk and the plight of the ozone layer, (and my colleagues and friends will tell
you that I REALLY can waffle! In fact, I waffle so much, I come with choice of 2
toppings), I guess I must address the question posed in the title of this
blog.

Well, I'll start with the physical side-effects first, and most of them, I
do warn you now, are not pretty! First and foremost, it's the pain! Starting in
your lungs, your ever-increasing pulse seems to accelerate wave after wave of
muscle-stretching anguish to every fibre and nerve-ending in your body. Granted,
I'm sure this doesn't happen to everyone, especially those "zero-fat" lunatics
who actually run up mountains for fun, but I think I represent the average
person here. I like a beer or two, enjoy a slab of red-meat when presented with
the opportunity. But the thought of spending my life looking like the character
from the pepparani adverts just to avoid mountain-induced pain isn't tempting!
And I'd probably be as angry as pepparani-guy if I ate the diet these guys
probably have to eat to stay that fit, and that thin! Leaves and moss probably!

The aches and pains can stay with you for days, the blisters even longer!
And for anyone thinking there's an ounce of glamour in this pastime, forget it!
You sweat….a lot! The journey upwards is a constant battle with the
perspiration ducts. You start off with 4 layers because you've checked the
weather forecast and it looks a little ropey. And then you start the
ascent…..and then you turn into an onion! Before you know it, you're peeling
off every sweat-drenched layer until you realise that you're actually walking in
your Damart thermal underwear, and let's face it, it's no Ann Summers is it? You
reach the summit, it's flippin freezing, so you put all the creased clothes that
have been crammed in to your woefully small rucksack back on again, along with
the obligatory woolly hat. And that hat will truly re-shape even the most rigid,
wire-like of hair do's. I'm fortunate not to have a well-stocked barnet, but I
have seen hair-styles on those mountains that could only be likened to the
aftermath of a Bonfire…….after the Fire Brigade have emptied 1500 litres of
water on it!

As for the call of mother nature, well, I think you can use your own
imagination there.

So, you're in agony. Your hair looks like a war-zone, you've tinted the
snow yellow in front of your sister, and you now have to put the washing machine
on before a rainbow forms above your laundry pile. So, I ask myself
again……"Why?"

Well, let's turn to the chemical argument, and by this I mean let's venture
into your frozen ear and dig deep into the grey matter. Here I'm glad to say, it
all starts getting a whole lot better. Let's talk neurotransmitters. Serotonin
is released with the elation and happiness of accomplishing a mountain peak. Not
just once, but probably every time you recant the story of how good it felt to
stand at the summit and gaze upon that fantastic view. No doubt the great
outdoors and 6 hours of sun exposure will produce melatonin which helps keep the
happy levels above any "danger levels" and avoid those winter "blues". And then
there's endorphins which are released when actually doing exercise. Again,
bringing about a natural "high" and a feeling of elation. In short, we're
starting to feel good.

So, you look like a dinner that the dog turned its nose up to, but hey,
you're happy! And that happiness stays so much longer than the aching muscles,
blisters and the sweaty/mossy aroma on your Berghaus fleece. Actually, that last
part is not true, so just deal with it and buy a can of lynx.

And then there's the "experience", and here I could waffle on for ever and
even add a third or fourth flavour to my toppings menu. Experiences evoke
memories, and they stay with you forever, and no bio-detergent is ever going to
shift them! The changing scenery, the skies, the weather – they all add to the
richness of the outing and gives you plenty of waffle-fodder for years to come.
It can be a hugely sociable experience, spending hours with a good friend or
family member with no interruptions so one can talk until your hearts content.
Today for instance we covered relationships, favourite foods and even the funny
side of flatulence. And that's quite a subject! You occasionally come across
other walkers, and what a smashing bunch of people they all are! Always up for a
chat, and happy to share the tales of the mountain, past and present. After all,
they are here for the same reasons you are. However, every now and again you
will come across a large group of walkers, all of them keenly strolling their
way across the baron, steep fellsides, except for the one person who's 60ft
behind them and by the look on their face (which can only be likened to a
clenched fist), one can tell that they would rather be gorging on a Bic Mac and
watching the Hollyoaks Omnibus on this fine Sunday morning. That person clearly
isn't enjoying the experience, and probably volunteered themselves for something
that sounded like a fun stroll in the park. But I'm sure they will still get the
"chemical" thing, and I bet they will be back for more.

But you don't even have to walk with someone to get these benefits. Many
people, myself included will take a solitary stroll, deliberately choosing walks
where I know I won't bump into dozens of fellow ramblers. Sometimes, you just
need a little "me" time, a chance to think and digest the worries of the world
and put life back into clear perspective. It's not uncommon to meet perhaps just
1 or 2 people over a 6-hour stroll over certain Lakeland peaks. And who said the
Lake District was congested?

I think I'm waffling now, but hopefully you get the picture. In short, it's
exercise, but in magical surroundings and who wants to hear about your 90-minute
treadmill work out?

So, I guess I should briefly cover today's walk for the benefit of our
anonymous solitary reader who wants to know. Well, today's route was, on paper,
a medium/hard walk taking in 4 peaks along the long Helvellyn range. However,
the Ordnance Survey didn't recognise the official route up to Calfhow Pike, and
I don't blame them. It was a full-on slog, with more silent swearing than I've
probably ever done before. I thought the west flank of Kirk Fell was tough, but
this was in a whole new ball park. Throw in some ice, constantly changing
temperatures and the knowledge that this ascent is only taking you to the lowest
of today's summits, and you've got yourself a classic ridge walk – a bucket load
of pain to get to the ridge plateau, then mile after mile of gentler, undulating
slopes which swallow up the "Wainwrights" effortlessly. Superb!

On a closing note, I see we're up to 81 members in our facebook group now
which is fantastic! I'm sure you've all got friends who would like to support
our group and its causes so please invite as many people as you can. We're
relying on you.

The whole group is meeting up soon to finalise details and really get this
thing in to top gear. We'll have our justgiving.com link up soon and also full
details on the fantastic competition where all people who donate get the chance
to guess the exact time it will take us to do the challenge, and possibly win a
superb prize!

Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting and let's all make a
difference and raise money for our great charities Open Arms International & Primrose House Trust.

The 3-peakers