Our Tenth Christmas at Waterhead

We have many regular guests who we welcome each year for our festive packages at English Lakes. Mr Peck a regular guest at Waterhead shares with us why he keeps returning…

David and Barbar Peck, regular Waterhead Guests
David and Barbar Peck, regular Waterhead Guests

Christmas 2004 proved a bit of a turning point for my wife and I. For years we had enjoyed a traditional family Christmas at our daughter’s house, but that year building works at her home meant that we had to re-think our plans for over the festive season.

Our initial attraction to Waterhead was that during the Christmas package they did not encourage children under the age of 16. This appealed, not because we dislike children (we have 11 lovely grandchildren!) but it provided a quiet, relaxed break for my wife and myself.  Continue reading “Our Tenth Christmas at Waterhead”

English Lake District – inspiring art

Jean Grazier begins our series of blogs from artists living and working in close proximity to our Lake District hotels. In December through to February we will feature one of Jean’s paintings in our Reception area at the Waterhead in Ambleside.

Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead
Displayed at Reception, painting of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead

“I was born in Manchester and my interest in painting began early whilst at school. However, it wasn’t until retirement to the Lake District that I found the opportunity to renew my school-day passion for painting. Various workshops and courses were then pursued in order to develop my skills. My tutors included the late pastellist, Christopher Asheton-Stones and Tiana Marie who taught and supervised my O.C.N.W. course. Courses in botanical illustration at the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird, Windermere, as well as at Higham Hall, contributed to my interest in floral painting”. Continue reading “English Lake District – inspiring art”

Buying Local: Best for our Community and Environment

Waterhead - Green Business Award Winners
Waterhead – Green Business Award Winners

When thinking about ‘going green’, many people automatically think all this involves is turning off lights and taps and walking rather than driving.  However working closely with Green Tourism over the last few years has revealed so many different ways of being green, and making small changes that can make a huge difference.

The area I have found to be the most interesting and rewarding is the concept of ‘buying local’.  We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful and resourceful areas of the country and even the world.

How does buying local help you go green, you may ask?  Well being green can manifest itself in many different ways, and the things that are taken into consideration in this instance are;

  • The more local the less transportation needed for delivery, reducing our carbon footprint
  • Supporting the local economy and smaller family farms
  • The produce reaches us being as fresh as possible, being better for the guest’s health as it has lost little of its nutritional value
  •  Buying local means our guests are eating foods that are in season
Local Art at Waterhead
Artwork in our lounge from local artist Julie-Ann Scott

Buying locally means you can create relationships with local businesses, and actually see where your food is coming from, and can even order bespoke products for your individual hotel or even individual guests. The lake district not only offers fantastic quality meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy, beers, sauces and chutneys, breads and cheeses, but also offers an impressive array of locally produced arts and crafts, including well-known artists, photographers and poets.

Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread
Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread

Here at the Waterhead we try and make the most of all the wonderful produce we have on our doorstep, as we believe one of the main reasons people come to visit this part of the world is to sample everything it has to offer.  Guests with a sweet tooth will love local favourite Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread, which features in all our bedrooms, and Kendal Jacksmith’s flapjacks which are served with hot drinks in the bar.  Our lounge also doubles as an art gallery featuring paintings from local artist Julie-Ann Scott, which guests can admire while enjoying a glass of own brew of local Haweswater Gold lager, or Hawkeshead beer.

Local produce on Waterhead's hyper-local menu
Local produce on Waterhead’s hyper-local menu

Our current ‘hyper-local’ dinner menu is inspired by the history of the lake district and the 18th century spice trade coming through Whitehaven which created the modern-day local favourites, which we have re-created using local produce wherever possible. Our wonderful location in the heart of the Lake District really does make buying local a pleasure.

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Guest post written by Lindsay Price, Deputy General Manager at Waterhead.

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 “Recipe to Make Our Braised Ox Cheek Terrine at Home”

An Introduction to Waterhead

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A short introduction to the 4 Star Waterhead Boutique Hotel close to Ambleside, the Lake District. Featuring hotel manager Mark Needham.

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.

Waterhead Fish & Chips

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.

 

2012 Olympic Torch Relay visits Windermere

More details about the route the Olympic Torch will take through the Lake District have been revealed yesterday.

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Waterhead on the shores of Lake Windermere will be the ideal place to see the torch on 21st June

On the afternoon of 21st June 2012, the torch will arrive in Grasmere – then travel along the A591 to Ambleside.

The Torch will then board a steamer from the jetties outside of the Waterhead Boutique Hotel and set sail along Windermere. The torch will sail pass Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel & Marina to Bowness Pier, arriving just before 8pm, where a huge event to mark the occasion is being staged on the Glebe.

Both Waterhead and Low Wood Bay will be the perfect location to see the torch on this historic occasion as it passes through the Lake District before the London 2012 Olymic Games.

Les Commandos Percu world premiere

The Glebe in Bowness in the Lakes will be welcoming the Olympic Flame.

On The Night Shift
Les Commandos Percu combines percussion and pyrotechnics to wow audiences

Bowness on Windermere will hold an Olympic Torch evening celebration on Thursday 21 June. As part of a programme for the evening you can also experience one of the opening events of the prestigious London 2012 Festival, On the Night Shift.

This free show will see streams of colour and light blaze across the skies above Lake Windermere. Presented by Lakes Alive, On the Night Shift is a brand new commission from French pyrotechnic wizards Les Commandos Percu, who wowed audiences at Mintfest and Maryport in 2010 and have a worldwide reputation for incredible productions.

On the Night Shift is not a concert, nor is it a firework display, but it brings the most exciting and exhilarating moments of each to create a spectacular event that you’ll remember for a very long time.

Featuring specially selected UK artists, live music, dance and amazing rhythmic percussion, this will be a show not to be missed.