The Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant are well and truly keeping it Cumbrian this year on their Christmas Day lunch menu.
Being run by a Cumbrian family with the added benefit of a little Scottish hospitality too, it’s no wonder Christmas and New Year at the Applegarth is not to be missed.
Over the past year, Head Chef John Kelly has been really focusing on using even more local produce and local suppliers. Through working with these high quality and knowledgeable suppliers John has not just been able to create a dinner menu utilising local produce to the maximum but also to offer a variety of dishes to suit vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans.
Christmas Day lunch, the most anticipated part of Christmas has of course been given the same “local” attention. This year the choice of starters includes the ever growing in popularity Muncaster crab from the West Coast of Cumbria. A delicious and sweet crab perfect for John’s Tian of Muncaster crab & dill hot smoked salmon. The main event will showcase the very best of Cumbrian birds with an epic 5 bird roast from Brougham Hall with all the trimmings. Desert is another break from the norm in the form of Christmas pudding creme brulee with mine pie ice cream all of which homemade by John.
So there really must be something wrong if that doesn’t tempt anyone to book the last remaining rooms at The Applegarth hotel in Windermere this Christmas! Christmas at The Applegarth starts at £775 per room for 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast.
The countdown to Christmas is beginning and here, there and everywhere festive chitter chatter is being heard. But there is lots going on prior to Christmas and especially in Windermere.
Guy Fawkes is sure to the flavour this weekend with various firework displays being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s hoping for some clear nights so the spectacular pyrotechnics can be watched at their best. A couple of the hotels have displays close to the Lake which is a stunning backdrop.
The Windermere and Bowness Winter Lights will be switched on Saturday 30 November with a full day of Seeking Santa Cruise from Bowness Pier and Stars Parade through Windermere village. It should be an excellent day for the whole family.
As with every month, Blackwell the arts and crafts house., is always worth a visit with exhibitions and at the beginning of December a Christmas Fair with arts and crafts to purchase. A full programme of the events at Blackwell can be found on their website http://www.blackwell.org.uk/
It is worth checking the local paper and tourist information centre if you';re visiting during November as there may be some other events such as local Christmas fares etc at schools or village halls.
But even if there’s nothing that takes your fancy in terms of events in Windermere, taking a short break through November and December is an excellent way to tick off some of that Christmas shopping or simply to relax before the frantic festive season really kicks in. With plenty of fantastic independent shops as well as the large Lakeland and Booths stores, Windermere makes the ideal Christmas shopping destination.
It’s been a busy month in the press for Brimstone at Langdale. It seems journalists can’t get enough of this true one off of a hotel and who can blame them.
The summarize, this hotel only opened in July 2013 but has been receiving praise after praise from guests and journalists alike.
The hotel is made up of 16 stunning suites each with their own parking space. There is no reception, you deal with your host who is at hand to sort anything and everything out for you. The Reading Room supplies guests with 24 hour free snacks and beverages in the surroundings of a plush lounge with Wi-Fi. Then of course there are the onsite facilities synonymous with the Langdale Estate of the luxury spa, restaurants and bar (in room spa treatments are also available). But what really should be missed out is the location, the Langdale Valley and one of the visually pleasing landscapes in the United Kingdom.
It is fantastic to see such high profile publications writing such positive and informative articles on the Lake District and especially of businesses and activities which are new in the region. It is so important UK holiday destinations are supported in the UK and article such as these show that areas like the Lake District are pushing boundaries and are at the forefront of accommodation and attractions.
Next week sees the start of the 3 special Cuckoo Brow packages. Whether you’re a walker, angler or cruiser, the 2 or 3 night special activity deals are a great way to spend a weekend.
With the weather still favourable and with the school holidays coming to an end, September is an excellent time for a short break in the Lake District and especially somewhere such as Cuckoo Brow. Their menu reflects the changes in the seasons and utilises as much local produce as possible in fact they are one of the largest supporters of local produce in the area reflected in their 20 mile menu. All but a handful of ingredients from the menu have been sourced within 20 miles of the Inn. And what a larder it is in the Lake District from game to cheese, fish and speciality breads. The new season menu is being worked on at present and will include some excellent autumnal, Lake District dishes.
The 3 packages are excellent value for money and are inclusive of the cost of the activity as well as dinner and a bottle of wine on the first evening. A choice of 2 or 3 night packages provides flexible duration options.
Some more great offers in the South Lakes area, this time at the Langdale Hotel.
This 4 star hotel on the Langdale Estate in the Langdale Valley is offering a special mid week rate this weekend only on their Signature Rooms. Stay on a bed and breakfast basis for £155 per room per night.
The Langdale Estate is truly unique having everything on one site, including a choice of two restaurants and two bars and the renowned spa and leisure facility. Other extras include the chance to hire an electric car, events going on within the estate and of course, the stunning Langdale Valley surrounded by some of the tallest fells in the Lake District.
Hiring an electric car means a trip over Hardknott Pass to the Eskdale Valley can be enjoyed. Go over England’s steepest road in a peaceful and relaxing mode of transport! but that’s not all, The Guardian published a fantastic article last week “Ten new things to do on holiday in the Lake District” http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/aug/23/new-thingsholiday-lake-district and The Langdale Hotel is perfectly located to take advantage of quite a few of them.
Availability can be checked on the Langdale Hotel website http://www.langdale.co.uk