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- Our Story | Why We Love The English Lake District
OUR STORY We feel the English Lake District offers something different but something very special, it is one of our favourite parts of the UK and our home. Whilst Hermes & Hestia (our main website) covers the whole of the British Isles we were passionate about creating a dedicated place for The English Lake District. Having a long history in both quality travel management and interior design/art we have naturally discovered a sublime collection of talented artisans, and unique get away destinations which we are delighted to share with you. These are sometimes off the beaten track or slightly harder to find but always worth that extra effort. We hope that you enjoy our hand selected and trusted favourites which will we believe give you a glimpse of the lakes beyond the standard guide books. A UNIQUE COLLECTION
- Explore The English Lake District National Park
A UNIQUE COLLECTION A unique collection sharing some of the regions long held secrets, its talented artisans, places to sleep, eat, drink and more. Knowing that each recommendation has been hand selected because we believe it reflects the spirit of the Lake District and our ethos born of passion, creativity and individuality. READ MORE A GUIDE AROUND LAKE DISTRICT A TRUE MEMENTO OF THE LAKE DISTRICT Our collection represents a vision of sustainable, real luxury, expressed through dedication to makers, materials, method and design. Objects that are deeply connected to culture and place. You will find a mix from both emerging and established craftspeople along with artisans and designers offering you beautiful products made in Cumbria. READ MORE JOIN US With a sublime selection of local businesses, talented artisans and unique get away destinations, we feel the Lake District offers something different but something very special. If you feel your business represents our ethos and the spirit of the Lake District please join us and take advantage of our membership benefits. READ MORE
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- HEAD CHEF DAN McGEORGE FROM CUMBRIA MAKES IT THROUGH TO THE FINALS WEEK OF THE GREAT BRITISH MENU
Dan McGeorge, head chef at Ambleside’s Rothay Manor, appeared on our TV screens between 05th – 07th of May, competing in the North West heats of the 2021 season of Great British Menu. McGeorge featured as one of four chefs battling it out for a place in finals week, fellow competitors included Kirk Howarth of Plates, London, Dave Critchley of Lu Ban, Liverpool and Ashwani Rangta, of Gupshup, Altrincham. The first two days of the programme saw the 30-year-old Liverpudlian produce six dishes, including a canape, starter, fish course, main dish, pre-dessert and a dessert. All of which were based around this year’s theme of British innovation. Veteran judged chef Tom Aikens alongside presenter Andi Oliver oversaw proceedings in the kitchen, before eliminating chefs in two stages as the programme progressed, before going on to decide who would cook for the judges panel. Dan and fellow chef Kirk Howarth made it through as the final two, with only points between them. Each then had the opportunity of cooking their respective menus for the esteemed panel of judges made up of food writer Matthew Fort, restaurateur Oliver Peyton, broadcaster and food creative Rachel Khoo and guest judge Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer and co-founder of fashion brand Red or Dead. Dan‘s menu kicked off with a canape entitled ‘BBQ Not BBQ’, marking the building of the Bridgewater Canal by James Brindly, which allowed coal to be shipped across the north. The canape featured venison tartare, with a charcoal emulsion, squid ink croutons and barbecued beetroot. His starter called ‘Doctor’s Orders’, celebrated Lucy Cradock, Liverpool’s first practising female doctor. A deconstructed take on the classic Liverpudlian dish, scouse, made with Herdwick lamb loin, black garlic, carrot tops, confit pink fir potatoes, finished off with a sauce served from a giant syringe. His fish course called ‘Deep Blue Sea’, was a nod to early submarine designer Reverend George Garrett, whose first design sank off the coast of Rhyll. Featuring barbecued monkfish, served with cockles, kohlrabi and a silver submarine flavoured with Xo sauce, which when dropped into a dashi sauce submerged and dissolved in the process. The main course called ‘The Amazing Adventures of Isabella Bird’, marked the achievements of this intrepid explorer, orientalist and first female member of the Royal Geographical Society. The course was made up of six Asian dishes, one from each of the countries Isabella’s visited, including Korean fried lamb sweetbreads with a sticky BBQ sauce, Japanese tempura vegetables, Vietnamese morning glory with oyster sauce, soy marinated quail eggs, stir fried lotus root and barbecued char sui pork. Matthew Fort praised the ‘‘whirligig of flavours’’, but Oliver Peyton questioned if there are too many. Rachel Khoo strongly disagreed, saying ‘’I think it’s really exciting’’, whilst Wayne Hemmingway commented that his veggie version was ‘’right up my street’’. Dan’s pre-dessert called ‘Deliciously Squidgy’, was a take on a British classic, his own version of the famous malt loaf invented by John Rahbek Sorensen. This featured circles of malt loaf, malted milk ice cream, a brown butter crumb, caramelised yoghurt, poached rhubarb, a rhubarb tuile and a rhubarb gel. His final course, called ‘Give A Dog A Bone’, celebrated the training of the first four guide dogs by Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond. It featured a bone shaped milk chocolate mousse, with a miso caramel centre, sprayed in chocolate, served with a miso caramel sauce, salted caramel ice cream, honeycomb miso tuile and yuzu gel and zest. Guest judge Wayne Hemingway commenting on Dan’s dessert, said: “I could eat it until I was sick and Oliver Peyton remarked ‘‘Lovely back story, lovely pudding’’. After a little deliberation, the judges choose Dan as the winner to go through to finals week and represent the North West. Commenting on his win Dan said: ‘‘I really didn’t expect to win with such strong competition, especially from Kirk. But I’m really chuffed that I did and now I’m going to push on in finals week to see if I can get a dish to the banquet and do the North West proud.’’ Dan McGeorge 30-year-old Liverpudlian, Dan McGeorge, is new to Great British Menu, he thrives in a competitive environment, having previously been a semi-finalist twice in National Chef of the Year. After studying for a law degree, in 2011 Dan decided to attend Liverpool Community College and develop his passion for cooking. Since then, Dan has worked in several high-profile kitchens including The Bath Priory under exec chef Sam Moody and under Ben Mounsey at modern European restaurant The Lawns at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa. For over three years, Dan has been head chef at Rothay Manor, Ambleside, a boutique hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Lake District, and during his tenure he has earned the restaurant 3 AA Rosettes and most recently a Michelin Plate. Dan also recently achieved a 2020 Acorn Award, which recognises the brightest stars in UK hospitality under the age of thirty. Photos credit: Optomen Television © 2020. An all3media Company.
- STEVE HICKS - BLACKSMITH AND ARTISAN LIVING IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
When Fire runs through your veins the call of the forge is an obvious career path – and when your home environment is your passion you have a unique set of conditions to inspire allowing you to fashion creations of function and beauty. And so it is with Steve Hicks – A true Blacksmith and creative artisan with his forge and studio overlooking Lake Windermere it’s not hard to understand his inspiration for creating unique pieces. Ranging from domestic tables and chairs either built to his design or fashioned to your requirements, through to commercial works such as railings and gates, Steve Hicks offers true craftsmanship. Steve’s work combines his skill at the forge, with the careful selection of local hand hewn timber which he marries together - producing unique pieces to grace any room or location. He will often be led by the beauty of a particular piece of wood and weave a design from its form. Regularly commissioned to create unique pieces for home, restaurants, hotels and offices, he can deliver pieces to suit. He works closely with his clients to fully understand their needs and shares with them his approach and understanding. Ornate and commercial structural work have regularly been commissioned for period and specialist projects over his thirty years as a traditional local blacksmith, which he still is today. BESPOKE FURNISHINGS & STUDIO Bespoke creations hand made in the English Lake District by Steve Hicks. Unique creations can be ordered to your exact design and requirements please contact Steve for more information. Why not pop into the studio nestled between Orrest Head and the edge of Elleray Wood with the backdrop of the Lakeland fells and see for yourself samples of his work or call to discuss ideas that you may have for a commission. Steve Hicks | Iron Craft | Windermere | Lake District
- SUPERLOVE MERINO - PLAY ALL DAY, SLEEP ALL NIGHT
Superlove Merino was founded during the particularly frozen winter of 2012, in the English Lake District by - Becky Sayer, an English textile and garment designer for whom every problem is an invitation to create; and Suse Fletcher a Kiwi wool-geek with a penchant for perfect products and a background in merino wool marketing & development. As long-time merino converts (once tried you can never go back) they knew the life changing power that really good merino garments bring, a luxe layer of softness next to skin, regulating body temperature and insulating naturally without any bulk. They can't live without theirs and they wanted to wrap their beloved babies in the same. But while the merino products available for little ones at the time were soft enough, they were not particularly substantial and certainly didn't cut it if you stepped out of doors, they needed the proper stuff. The result was Superlove Merino, Britain's first range of performance merino clothing for babies, toddlers and kids aged 0-6 years designed especially for the British and European Climate. Visit Superlove Website