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Lancaster House: A deep-rooted love of Autumnal Fayre

Lancaster House general manager and Food & Wine lover Tim Bell, tells us why this Autumn should taste extra special this year.

Horticulturaly speaking, it’s been a pretty good year so far. The spring was mild and relatively frost-free, the summer heralded some great periods of warm, unbroken sunshine, and here now, as the leaves slowly turn into their annual shade of gold, we’ve enjoyed a sublime autumn. The net result of this continual run of fine weather is an autumnal harvest of un-paralleled quality for the Great British Crop.

So, what should we be looking out for on our home-grown Supermarket shelves this month, and what are some of the best dishes to celebrate the depth of flavours in this year’s offerings? Continue reading

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Wines From Around the World

When it comes to wine and its origins, everyone has an opinion. Which country is best, which grape is best, ‘I won’t even look at a screw top’, etc etc. While it is good to remain open minded, there is little doubt that some regions make certain wines better than the rest. Depending on who you ask of course … Here, Lindsay Price, Deputy Manager of Waterhead, shares a few of her favourites. Continue reading

Recipe: Blade of Beef, A Real Winter Warmer

Head Chef, Michael Wilson

Head Chef, Michael Wilson

With this recipe Head Chef at The Midland, Michael Wilson, proves that you can take a relatively ordinary cut of meat such as the blade, and transform it into a glorious melt-in-the mouth triumph. Just perfect for those autumn/winter evenings accompanied by your favourite glass of red wine!

This method requires the meat to be placed in a deep pan with enough liquid to cover the piece of meat. The pan must be covered with a secure-fitting lid to prevent the liquid from evaporating during the long cooking process (if you don’t have a deep pan, we have also tried this in a slow cooker).

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Recipe to Make Our Braised Ox Cheek Terrine at Home

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Andrew Caulfield, head chef at Waterhead

Often when one is planning what to make for a dinner party, or even just a large family meal, the two main considerations are not being stuck in the kitchen all evening whilst your guests are enjoying themselves and not breaking the bank when it comes to ingredients.

Andrew Caulfield, head chef at Waterhead has come up with the following recipe which would make a perfect starter for any occasion, especially when you are catering for a large number of people.  Not only can the whole dish be prepared well in advance, leaving you time to socialise with your guests, but also the main ingredients, ox cheek and onions, are relatively inexpensive, and make for an incredibly tasty dish.  This recipe makes twelve portions. Continue reading

A Simple Recipe to Create Smoked Salmon at Home

Marc Sanders Head Chef at The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse

Marc Sanders Head Chef at The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse

As most of our followers have a keen interest in food and many are accomplished cooks, I hope the Chefs of English Lakes can help inspire you to be even more creative and try new recipe ideas.

When we run our smoking courses in conjunction with Jo and Georgina from Smoky Jo’s, the hot Smoked Salmon is always one of the first things our ‘students’ get to taste. A great introduction to smoking food for the first time which can be done without having to buy expensive equipment; just use an old biscuit tin or a deep metal tray with a cooling rack covered with tin foil. We use a Cameron stove top smoker which can easily be purchased from good garden centres or online. It is  very important that the sawdust you use for smoking food does not contain any oil that may have come from a chainsaw. Oak is one of the most popular sawdust’s used for smoking. Continue reading

New Waterhead menu inspired by the culture of Cumbria

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Head chef Andy Caulfield at Waterhead has produced a full menu of more than 40 dishes that are inspired by the county’s extensive food heritage, but with an innovative contemporary twist.

A trio of famous Lakeland fell-bred Herdwick lamb

Andy and his team use familiar tastes in unconventional ways to create exciting new dishes. Starters such as ‘sticky toffee duck leg’ combine flavours of the famous pudding with a juicy confit duck leg. Mains include a trio of the famous Lakeland fell-bred Herdwick lamb – including a mouth-watering roast rack, rump and herb crusted braised shoulder.

Sweet-tooths are also catered for with desserts such as a Kendal mint cake flavoured trifle, Grasmere gingerbread cheesecake, a Cumbrian sharing fondue, and Cumberland Rum Nicky – one of the area’s oldest known desserts dating back to the East Indies trading routes.

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Cumbria has a fantastically rich history and heritage for its food, thanks in large part to the intrepid 18th Century sea-faring traders. The trade that passed through Whitehaven saw an influx of exotic spices, rum, fruits and molasses which gave birth to a range of favourite foods.

The new hyper-local menu is a blend of that rich history and the great contemporary products, all given an innovative twist by the chefs in our kitchen to create a truly stunning menu that will make Cumbria and the Lake District proud.

 

Waterhead’s New Bar & Grill

Rob-photographer-24-MODIFIED2-M The Waterhead at Ambleside has recently introduced a whole new concept of dining, Bar & Grill at Waterhead.  Previously the Bay Bar & Restaurant, the Waterhead now offers an extensive all day menu served between 11.30am and 7pm, and then an evening a la carte menu from 7pm until 9.30pm.

Bar & Grill at Waterhead offers a bright, modern setting in which to enjoy anything from a classic Afternoon Tea to a selection of steaks cooked exactly to your liking from the grill menu.  Bar & Grill at Waterhead has the perfect garden terrace to enjoy the views of the lake and the historic steamers dropping passengers off at the pier opposite.

Rob-Photographer-43-LThe concept of Bar & Grill is inspired by the wealth of fresh Cumbrian produce that is available right on our doorstep, mixed with comfortable interiors, good beers and wines and attentive, but not intrusive service.

Bar & Grill is offering 50% off all grill items throughout October (available Sunday-Thursday only, grill menu available 7pm until 9.30pm), for example, 8oz fillet steak is usually £25, and will be £12.50 for the duration of the offer.  Booking is essential and you must quote the offer on booking.

Perfect for all occasions from an in intimate dinner for 2 to a hearty family Sunday lunch, please call 015394 30708 to make your reservation today.