Waterhead – Raising the Bar on Burgers

English Lakes has a passion for food – whether it’s a traditional Afternoon Tea or a sumptuous three course feast, regional classics with a modern twist and championing the finest local ingredients … Here, Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead, shares his quest for a better burger. 

The Ubiquitous Burger

Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead - on the quest for the best burger!
Mark Needham, General Manager of Waterhead – on the quest for the best burger!

The rise of the burger has been dramatic over the past few years with more and more restaurants featuring a quality burger as part of their offering. We have also seen many new eating establishments which specialise in just burgers and it’s these places that have really raised the bar on what we have come to expect in a quality burger. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good old cheeseburger from the golden arches and for me it’s still great value for money.

However, having worked in the industry for many years and having spent some time in the USA (the homeland of the burger, or so they claim) I have had the pleasure of eating many burgers from many different places. My most memorable burger experience was during a holiday in California; I was 14 years old and we were driving from California to Las Vegas. We stopped in the middle of the desert where there was a huge shopping mall and a fast food burger place called IN-N-OUT BURGER, the menu was so simple – Hamburgers with or without cheese, fries and milkshakes. That was it and it remains today one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. This was all down to the quality of the ingredients used, keeping it simple and the obvious care taken in producing it. Continue reading “Waterhead – Raising the Bar on Burgers”

Max’s Doggy Holiday – Waterhead, Ambleside

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. Once again, Max has been out and about and eager to tell us of his visit to Waterhead…

My tail was wagging extra excitedly when I heard that our next holiday was going to be next to the lake at The Waterhead! I do love a good splash about!

I love a good splash!
I love a good splash!

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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 “Wines From Around the World”

Inspiring Art … multi-media experiments

Jennifer Moffett is the latest in our series of featured artists living and working in the communities close to our Lake District Hotels.  Jennifer’s painting is inspired by the beautiful surroundings and she uses interesting techniques which add depth and character to her work. Her work is currently on display in Waterhead reception.

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UK Coffee Week at Waterhead

At Waterhead we love coffee. So much so, that we wanted to be able to create the perfect cuppa, which means using the freshest and best quality beans right here in Ambleside, at the hotel.

What better way to celebrate our love for coffee than to support UK Coffee Week, which gives coffee lovers a chance to enjoy new and exciting blends while supporting charities relating to the origin of their favourite beans.  Continue reading “UK Coffee Week at Waterhead”

Inspiring Art … Green – After Monet

Artist Patsy Derry
Artist Patsy Derry

Patsy Derry is our second featured artist living and working in close proximity to our Lake District Hotels. Patsy’s beautiful and intriguing photograph will be hanging at Waterhead’s Reception area between February and April.

“Unfortunately, I can’t remember exactly where I took this photograph, so my outdoor photography always involves a bit of a quest to rediscover the location”! Continue reading “Inspiring Art … Green – After Monet”

Choosing a Perfect Wine for Valentine’s Day

There are several stories relating to the origin of Valentine’s day, the most recognised being the story of a Christian saint named Valentinus. He was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were at this time persecuted under the Roman Empire.

Cheers!
Cheers!

Legend has it that during his imprisonment he healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution wrote her a letter which he signed ‘Your Valentine’. Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love, using the day to show our affection and appreciation for that special someone in our lives.

This year, whether all you can manage together is a fish and chip supper, or a six course spectacular, why not make the evening extra special by enjoying something sparkling together? Continue reading “Choosing a Perfect Wine for Valentine’s Day”