English Lakes – Celebrating the Best in Hospitality

A special day in the English Lakes calendar, 24th March was when we announced the winners of our 2016 Employees of the Year. Directors and nominees attended a beautiful lunch at Lancaster House, eager to have the winners of seven different categories, including the prestigious MRWB Award, announced. A short citation taken from the nominations was read, and the winners received certificates and champagne.

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Lancaster House – Flat Caps and Parched Peas

Lancaster House is proud of the region’s rich food history and heritage. Indeed, our Foodworks Restaurant pays homage to the tradition of good

The flat cap of the north

honest food eaten by the ordinary working class families of the area. The flat cap is synonymous with the workers of the north and can be traced as far back as the 14th Century. In 1571, an Act of Parliament, designed to stimulate the woollen trade, decreed that all males over 6 years of age (non-noble) were to wear woollen caps or pay a fine of three farthings per day. Needless to say, the fashion caught on.

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Lancashire’s Ginger Parkin

Served as part of the Lancaster House 8-Course Tasting Menu, Head Chef, Damien, is happy to share the recipe for you to try at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) course oatmeal
  • 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) plain flour
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) butter
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) dripping
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) black treacle
  • 0.25 lbs (113 g) brown sugar
  • 1 oz (28 g) ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Splash of milk for runny consistency

Method:

Melt the butter and dripping over gentle heat. Add all other ingredients. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake in a low over for 1.5 hours, or until a skewer comes away clean.

At Lancaster House …

We serve this with a rich toffee sauce and a generous helping of Walling’s Vanilla Ice Cream Pearls … Delicious!

Five things Mums Really Want for Mother’s Day!

On Mother’s Day, Mums are presented with flowers, choccies, perfume or sometimes a thoughtful personalised gift. Don’t get me wrong, any and every gift is cherished, especially the glitter-laden home-made card. However, research has shown, and I can testify to most of these in various seasons of life, that the most-wanted list is really quite simple …

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Lancaster House Celebrate Yorkshire Pudding Day

A Great Northern Institution

The great Yorkshire pudding. It’s almost an institution in its own right. But by whose stroke of genius did it come to be?

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Five Reasons to Book your Lake District or Lancashire Spring Break

Spring is nature’s way of waking up from sleepy hibernation, and don’t we all need to shake ourselves awake from cosy winter repose? Colour-bursts of new life in the Lake District and Lancashire showcase the vibrant hue of deep-pile carpets of bluebells, Wordsworth’s beloved sun-glow daffodils and fresh green of woodlands putting on their new clothes.

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Lancaster House Visit Grandma on the Cheese Trail

In their quest to taste and treasure the best cheeses that Lancashire has to offer, Lancaster House Head Chef, Damian Ng, and Food & Beverage Manager, Gary Tennant, spent some time at Grandma Singleton’s dairy, which produces one of the strongest Traditional Lancashire cheeses available, and then at the farm which supplies the milk for their sheep’s cheese.

David Orchard shows Gary and Damian around the farm
David Orchard shows Gary and Damian around the farm

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