It’s been a tough week for many people in Cumbria following on from the floods and devastation of storm Desmond. Our two lakeside hotels; the Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale and the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater have both suffered from the storm, however we are pleased to announce that both hotels are open as usual.
For over 36 years, local residents from the Eden area have held their over 60’s luncheon at the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater, which is organised by Jean Smith. Jean started the annual luncheon by having a swear box in the Hikers Bar, now known as Ramblers Bar situated in the grounds of the hotel, which over the years has helped to fund these events.
Elf on the Shelf is a fun family Christmas tradition which began as a children’s book in the US in 2005, telling the story of how Father Christmas sends an elf to check whether children are being “naughty or nice”. This has led on to children around the world going crazy for Elf on the Shelf; the book comes with a elf puppet which allows the parents to recreate the story in their own homes, by placing the elf in different locations in the house every night from the 1st December right up until Christmas Eve.
There was great excitement at the Inn on the Lake on Sunday 29th November, when pupils from Patterdale School and children from Glenridding came to help Santa switch-on of the Christmas lights.
For Tricia Irving, our Interior Floral Designer Christmas starts in February, with all the preparations of selecting new decorations and planning new colour schemes for the Lake District Hotel group. Each year Tricia and her assistants decorate all six of the hotels, with 2015 being a record year after the hotel group added their newest hotel, Inn on the Square to the decorating list, increasing the number of hotels to decorate to seven.
What an absolute delight is in store for everyone at this year’s Keswick Live Advent Calendar! 24 days filled with live pop-up concerts, magical story telling; drama; talks, Christmas food and drink demonstrations, not to mention crafty workshops. As well as 24 beautifully illuminated windows which stay lit until 4th January 2016 to form a festive window trail to follow.
The annual Christmas light switch on at the Lodore Falls Hotel officially marks the start of the festive season, with Christmas lunches, dinners and festive afternoon tea’s on the menu. The light switch on took place at the hotel on Thursday 19th November, where teachers and pupils from the local Borrowdale School came to attend the event.
Every year our seven family owned and run hotels, illuminate Keswick, Glenridding and Penrith, with our glowing contribution to the Christmas lights. This year we continued to exceed people’s expectations as our newest hotel, Inn on the Square in Keswick added to the town’s light display, with its spectacular festive lights.
Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or a dish to really wow your dinner guests, you’ll find a new delicious recipe posted on our blog every month! For November, Kyle Bowman, Head Chef at the Inn on the Square wanted to share one of his favourite festive desserts with our readers.
It was a wet and wild day for our Winter Wonderland Wedding Fayre yesterday but that didn’t stop us… Our friendly team greeted guests with hot punch and winter treats, as our wedding co-ordinators and local wedding exhibitors were on hand to give guidance and advice amongst the festive lights.