Homage to the Work of Eric Ravilious

In November 2013 a striking new mural was painted in Morecambe’s iconic art deco Midland hotel. The painting, by artist Jonquil Cook, is a homage to the Midland’s lost mural, by the acclaimed artist Eric Ravilious.

History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.

History repeating itself. Eric and Tirzah Ravilious, 1933 and Jonquil Cook and Isa Clee-Cadman, 2013.

In the spring of 1933, not long before completion of the Midland Hotel, the renowned water-colourist, Eric Ravilious, and his wife, Tirzah Garwood, installed themselves in lodgings at Heysham, near Morecambe. Ravilious had received a commission from the architect, Oliver Hill, to paint a mural on the walls of what were then to be the tearooms. 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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Video: The Midland’s Search for 1968 Miss Great Britain Constants

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The Midland hotel is searching for stars of the Miss Great Britain competition held in Morecambe in 1968.The Miss Great Britain Competition was held in Morecambe from 1956 to 1989, with the 1968 event being won by Yvonne Ormes from Nantwich in Cheshire. This video, from BBC North West Tonight features Sharman Bardsley, one of the ladies featured in our slides.

Pictures from BBC North West Tonight.

The Vintage Festival to visit The Midland for Iconic Anniversary

The Midland is often cited as being one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. And this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary year the hotel will host a spectacular Vintage celebration.

MID-PostcardDuring a golden period before the Second World War, The Midland, recognised widely as an art deco masterpiece, played host to luminaries and fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson, Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward, who enjoyed the panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells in the distance.

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The Perfect Wedding at The Midland

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Meet Vicky Cruise, The Midland’s wedding co-ordinator and the team at the hotel as they prepare for the day of a bride and grooms dreams.

Getting married at The Midland is like a modern day fairytale come true. The hotel is a perfect example of modern day glamour combined with the classic art deco style and the team here at the hotel enjoy making couples dreams become a reality.

Video from the archives – The Midland Hotel with Thora Hird

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The Art Deco Midland Morecambe has a long and interesting history. Thora Hird visits the hotel pre-development with the BBC’s ‘One Foot In The Past’ program. (Approximate video length 8m:40s).

“Bring Me Sunshine” with daughter of Eric Morecambe

Maria doing an “Eric Morecambe”

This story is written by Maria Walker, Reservations Manager at English Lakes.

Whilst taking a booking from Mrs. Stuart I established that the purpose of her stay was to officially open the RSPB – “Eric Morecambe Hide” at Leighton Moss nature reserve. I was intrigued… who is Mrs. Stuart? Surly the RSPB would not ask any Tom, Dick or Harry to officially open something? Not wanting to sound nosey or cheeky I tentatively asked was she affiliated with the RSPB or Eric Morecambe. It was then I found out that Mrs. Gail Stuart was Eric Morecambe’s Daughter. Continue reading