English Lakes is proud of it’s pets welcome policy and guests have been bringing their pets to our hotels in the Lake District and Lancashire for many years. Today we have received a special guest blog from a four legged friend, Max who recently visited The Wild Boar…
Me! Max the Dog
I was so excited to be going on my first holiday, as only being six months old I had only ever slept in my bed at home, so to be going away and sleeping somewhere else, what an adventure!
We arrived at The Wild Boar in the lovely sunshine (my favourite type of weather as I find that the rain spoils my beautiful curly ears) and at Reception all the staff made a fuss of me and said how cute I was, which of course is the truth but I never get tired of hearing it! We were shown to our room by Adam, and it was a doggy dream! There was plenty of room for my bed on the floor, and even French windows leading straight outside so I could be let out quickly when there was a call of nature and didn’t have to cross my paws at all! And I know mummy and daddy were delighted with their huge comfy sleigh bed, but I wasn’t allowed on there! Continue reading
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This weekend Low Wood Bay hosted the first ever Sine Dubio Lake District art festival. The Free festival championed the work of 15 artists from across northern England (including nine local Cumbrian artists).
Andy Levy, Wood Sculptor creates beautiful wood sculptures and tree carvings using traditional tools and chainsaws, and over the two day’s he created a carving of a Wild Boar, live on the lawns of Low Wood Bay with an audience. The finished Wild Boar will soon be place at The Wild Boar Inn to greet guests.
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
Basil, Polly and Dirk from After Dark
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when our party of seven arrived at The Wild Boar Inn for a Fawlty Towers meets Murder Mystery evening on Friday! Yes, it was everything that has just come to mind … Manuel in full slapstick style, Sybil’s soul shivering shrieks, Polly lending a note of sanity to the madness, a murder, a few red herrings and of course, Basil’s bumptious buffoonery! All this, plus a chorus or two of operatic singing, a bowl of salad being let loose across the room, a mysterious German guest but ‘don’t mention the war’, a cleverly crafted plot to keep you guessing ‘who dunnit?’, champagne, canapés and a three-course meal from The Wild Boar Inn, Grill and Smokehouse. Continue reading
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Highlights from our Burns Night Celebration at The Wild Boar in 2012.
Our Next Burns Night Celebrations for 2013 are to be held on Wednesday 23rd January 2013
We begin the evening with a drinks reception followed by a 4 course dinner being served whilst the evening unfolds, including specialty steak and a wee dram of Macallan Whisky. Price: £35.00 per person. Time: 7.00pm.
We host Burns Night at The Wild boar to celebrate the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems. We cannot claim to have many Scottish links at the Inn, other than George on reception! Our very popular Whisky club often features many Scottish tipples and the Chef often looks to traditional Scottish cuisine for inspiration on the menu; plus it is an excuse to celebrate all these things we love!
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The Inn prides itself on stocking over 50 varieties of Whisky
My father, who recently retired, was looking for a hobby for this time of year when the weather makes playing golf a little more difficult. That was when I suggested another famous Scottish creation …whisky, and where better to begin our new pastime than at The Wild Boar Whisky Club.
There was a time when I didn’t much like the taste of whisky but that was probably because, as an ale drinker, I didn’t appreciated the huge variety of whisky available. Having recently attended two whisky clubs at The Wild Boar my point of view has been transformed.
Matt and his Dad at The Wild Boar
Work Every Muscle!
This is the second part of ‘A Walk on the Wild Side’ Read part 1 here.
We couldn’t walk through the woods without having a go on the Wild Boar gym trail, eight exercise stations designed to provide an all-body workout for residents or diners at the Grill and Smokehouse restaurant. For less focused individual, the parallel bars, ladder walk, balance beam and other apparatus can provide some fun and a friendly challenge. Perfect for building up an appetite! Continue reading