Lancaster House Love a Good Cup of Coffee Grounds

Emma Underwood, Operations Manager at Lancaster House is responsible for ensuring that we maintain the highest possible standards in Green Tourism. She leads a team of Green Champions who are always on the look-out for creative ways to conserve, re-cycle and reduce our carbon footprint. To celebrate National Coffee Day they’ve come up with ten tips for using your coffee grounds. Continue reading “Lancaster House Love a Good Cup of Coffee Grounds”

One of The Wild Boar’s Favourites – Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old

Over the months, George, our Master of Malt, has shared many of the malt whiskies that feature behind the bar at The Wild Boar. One that has become a firm favourite with the team here at The Boar is Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old. Continue reading “One of The Wild Boar’s Favourites – Balvenie Double Wood 12 year old”

World Tourism Day – Our Recommended Lake District Itinerary

To celebrate World Tourism Day on 27th September we’ve put together a two-day itinerary for visitors to the Lake District.

There are so many exciting things to do in the Lake District it can be difficult to know where to start, so our itinerary should help those who may not be familiar with the area and who may be travelling without a car. Waterhead is the perfect base for exploring – right next to the jetty for cruising the lake and with a bus stop perfectly positioned for day trips throughout the beautiful Lake District countryside.  Continue reading “World Tourism Day – Our Recommended Lake District Itinerary”

Low Wood Bay to Host Brathay’s 70th Anniversary Ball

English Lakes have been privileged to support the work of Brathay Trust over the years and are delighted to be hosting their 70th Anniversary Ball in November 2016 at Low Wood Bay.

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Brathay Hall

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Waterhead Gin of the Month – Death’s Door

Our Waterhead Gin of the Month takes us across the Atlantic and tells a story of sustainability at its best. Death’s Door Spirits have reinvigorated the local agricultural heritage as well as creating a superb and highly acclaimed gin. 

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Photo credit Death’s Door Spirits

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The Wild Boar Malt of the Month – Whisky Galore and a Mafia Connection

George, our Wild Boar Inn Master of Malt, has chosen Edradour 10 Year old for his September Malt of the Month. Although officially the smallest traditional farm distillery in Scotland, Edradour has a big history and is an extremely popular destination for visitors from around the world.

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Eradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland

A Model Village or a Distillery?

There seem to be two translations of Edradour to choose from, ‘the land between two rivers’ or ‘Edred Dobhar’ meaning the stream of King Edred. Whichever you choose, the distillery is perfectly placed beside a fast paced fresh water supply not far from the central Highlands town of Pitlochry. The site of the distillery itself is quite unique with whitewashed farm buildings and picket fences, more like a model village than a commercial production facility.  On your approach, the site offers a feeling of ‘coming home’ in a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ type of way.

Mafia Connections

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Frank Costello

Established in 1825 as a local farmers co-operative, the distillery has exchanged hands a fair few times over the years and has included at least one shareholder with dubious credentials. Frank Costello, New York mafia Godfather invested heavily in the distillery in 1938 before handing it on to various international consortiums.

13_Whisky_Galore_BookI wonder if the mafia had anything to do with the sinking of a ship off the island of Eriskay in 1941. This was the famous story of 20,000 cases of whisky, including blends from Edradour, that were lost overboard, several finding their way into the hands of the locals ‘entrepreneurs’. Compton McKenzie went on to immortalise this story in ‘Whisky Galore’ and I hope we have all seen the hilarious film of the same title.

Keeping it Traditional

Little has changed in the production process at Edradour since 1825. The distillery is in the original farm buildings and mash tun, washbacks and a pair of stills (the smallest permissible for commercial distilling) all snugly fit into one room. There’s no automation and much of the equipment is made from wood.  Incredibly they manage to produce 90,000 litres of whisky annually expressed through no less than 25 different and distinct flavours of single malt including Ballechin, a range of heavily peated malts and a range matured solely in wine casks with a depth of flavour and character emerging from the barley and sweet fruits of the wine.

Whisky Tasting at The Wild Boar

Here at The Wild Boar, we host regular Whisky Tasting Evenings to enable you to learn more about this classic age-old spirit. Take a look at  The Wild Boar Events page and join George at our next whisky tasting event.

George Hutton, Master of Malt
George Hutton, Master of Malt

 

Divine Sunset at The Midland

We have seen some amazing photographs taken from The Midland, but this takes some beating. The story behind the photograph makes it even more poignant.

Beautiful sunset from The Midland
Beautiful sunset from The Midland

Midland guest, Chris Peear-Wilson, has been diagnosed with various auto-immune illnesses and a degenerative condition which affects both eyes and has rendered her partially blind. She never has a day free from pain. With the vision she has left she is making every second count. Keen on nature, with a passion for ornithology, flora and fauna, Chris had, until quite recently, made quite a name for herself locally in Denbighshire as an jounalartist who loves to draw birds. Observing them from close quarters, she developed a way of committing their shape and colour to memory, later re-creating the images on paper. Unfortunately, Chris is now no longer able to see well enough to draw.

Indefatigable, Chris has taken up photography and captures nature through the lens whenever possible. She was delighted with this particular shot – the light on Morecambe Bay sands in the shape of a cross echoing her own strong faith.  She calls the photograph ‘Divine Sunset’ and commented,

‘Divine Sunset’ was followed by a ‘divine evening’ that only The Midland could deliver. I hope this photograph encourages and inspires others.

We wish Chris every success in the future as she faces the challenges that her illness brings. Thank you for sharing this magnificent image with us.

Room with a View

The Midland with its Sun Terrace restaurant and bedrooms overlooking Morecambe Bay is the perfect place to experience your own divine evening. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Watching the sun setting with a glass of bubbly
Watching the sun setting with a glass of bubbly