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”

Lancaster House and the Sandeman Connection

Over the next few months Lancaster House Bar Manager, Tom Chalmers, is going to introduce us to the delights of Sandeman ports and sherries featured on our menus and, of course, in our Sandeman’s Bar. He starts by telling us how our connection to the famous brand began.

Tom Chalmers shares a toast with George Sandeman

Sandeman’s Bar at Lancaster House is founded upon a  friendship which had an usual beginning and a local connection with a branch of the Sandeman family, boasting over two hundred years of port and sherry production. Continue reading “Lancaster House and the Sandeman Connection”

Top Five Car-Free Days Out from Ambleside

We are delighted to introduce you to Dr and Mrs Eagle, regular guests to Waterhead. They share with us their top 5 car-free days out from the hotel in Ambleside, which adds to a relaxing stay in the Lake District. 

Waterhead Hotel
Waterhead Hotel

Having tried lots of places over the years Waterhead remains our favourite. It’s a luxurious break without the guess work of whether the bed will be comfy or the quality of food and wine or if the staff are friendly.  I’m quite fussy and like a quiet room, thick curtains and a powerful shower. Add to this a stunning view, fluffy towels and bathrobes, a library of DVDs, gingerbread and freshly roasted coffee! All of this adds up to a really relaxing break and that is why we keep coming back.

We love just parking the car when we arrive and then ignoring it for the duration of our stay. Here are out top five picks for car-free outings from Waterhead:

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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.

Brathay Hall

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Celebrating 25 Years of Hospitality at Lancaster House

Directors and managers, along with their partners, celebrated 25 years of business and life at Lancaster House with a beautiful three course meal and speeches reflecting on the preceding quarter century. Doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourselves! Continue reading “Celebrating 25 Years of Hospitality at Lancaster House”

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. 

Deaths Door 4
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.

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

Frank Costello
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