WBI-MID-Montage

The Wild Boar & The Midland: Finalists in VisitEngland Awards

We are pleased to announce that two English Lakes properties have been named as finalists in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

The Wild Boar, Windermere, has been shortlisted for Tourism Pub of the Year and The Midland, Morecambe, is in the running for the Tourism Event of the Year, for the Vintage by the Sea Festival. Continue reading

Whisky Head

Malt of the Month – Old Pulteney 12 year old

This month, George, our master of malt, takes us as far up north as it’s possible to go without falling into the sea. The Pulteney Distillery is one of the few remaining that shun technology, preferring to stick with traditional distilling methods.

The History of Pulteney Distillery

Pulteney Distillery is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland, situated in the fishing port of Wick. Established in 1826 by Mr James Henderson, it was located there for ease of transportation by sea, the only means available at this time to reach the main consumers in the provincial towns of Scotland. Continue reading

Supplier Spotlight: Rebekah’s Encaustic Art

Local artist Rebekah Claire Matthews will be showcasing some of her art, created using melted beeswax at The Festival of Smoke at The Wild Boar. Ahead of the festival we take the time to learn more about this ancient form of painting…

Encaustic Art, an ancient form of painting

art5Encaustic art is an ancient form of painting using coloured beeswax which is applied to card using an iron. The word “Encaustic” comes from the Greek word “enkaustikos”, which means “to burn in”.

Rebekah has spent the last few years developing and perfecting her skills and knowledge of Encaustic art afterfirst being introduced to the medium by local arts and crafts specialist Marilyn Hale.

Encaustic Art is an ancient form of painting which uses melted beeswax to which coloured pigments have been added.  This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300AD.  Rebekah is one of only a handful of artists in Cumbria to specialise in the art-form. Continue reading

Whisky Head

Malt of the Month – Bushmills 10 Whisky

For our Malt of the Month this month we are crossing the Irish Sea to pay homage to St Patrick, who as legend has it drove all the snakes out of Ireland.

Interesting Facts

Bushmills distillery in County Antrim was granted a license to distil whiskey in 1608 and has been producing some fine malt whiskies ever since with only a couple of small breaks due to barley shortages during both World Wars. This makes it the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world! Continue reading

festival-of-smoke

The Wild Boar Festival of Smoke – Sunday 22nd March

It’s back! After the success if the first Festival of Smoke last year, it is going to be bigger and better this year! We take a look at what we can expect to experience this year…

  • Festival of Smoke – Sunday 22nd March 2015, 12 noon
  • The Wild Boar Inn Grill & Smokehouse
  • FREE entry to a family day of fiery fun!

Continue reading

WBI-Wed-Makeup-Feature

Award Winning Wedding Hair and Make up at The Wild Boar

Everything to do with weddings at The Wild Boar is woven around the individual needs of the bride and groom to create a truly unique day and happy memories to share with family, friends and future generations. We love to work with individuals and companies who have the same ethos and impeccable standards and who share our passion for bespoke weddings.

None of those individuals know The Wild Boar in quite the same way as Katie Dale, voted Best Wedding Hair Stylist of the Year in the North West of England 2015. Continue reading

WBI-Wed-Dress-Feature

Beautiful Bespoke Wedding Dresses at The Wild Boar

Everything to do with weddings at The Wild Boar is woven around the individual needs of the bride and groom to create a truly unique day and happy memories to share with family, friends and future generations. We love to work with individuals and companies who have the same ethos and impeccable standards and who share our passion for bespoke weddings.

At our recent photo shoot at The Wild Boar it was great to catch up with Julia Tasker of Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, wedding dress designer and stockist of wedding dresses by leading and award winning British Bridal Designers, Sassi Holford, Caroline Castigliano, Stephanie Allin and Ritva Westenius who make wedding dresses right here in the UK. Continue reading