Saturday, 5 April 2014

Lucky Diners!

It might be unlucky for some – but number 13 is going to be lucky indeed for diners at our restaurant.
From next week, every 13th diner booking each night will not have to pay for their meal.
The “lucky for some” scheme has been launched at our award-winning restaurant which is famous for great food and equally great service.
We always enjoy stories of good luck and good fortune that our guests tell us. Caroline’s not terribly superstitious herself: “But I’m always glad when it gets to midnight on Friday the 13th.”
The restaurant is often the setting for happy occasions as our guests and local diners take the opportunity to propose. (And luckily, if he’s forgotten to bring the ring, there’s locally-made designer jewellery for sale in our welcome lounge.)
It’s also used by families wanting to mark special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Regular diners, however, head for the signature dishes of our head chef Roger Pergl-Wilson who uses local ingredients for modern British dishes.
(This promotion will run until and including Friday 13th June! but does exclude Saturday evenings)  

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Delicious Early Spring Menu

Spring is in the air – and that doesn’t just mean daffodils in our garden. It also means some exciting new dishes on our “early spring” menu. Tasty starters like artichoke cakes with caramelised onions, and fresh mussels in saffron cream. Or how about feasting on lamb rump roasted in a honey and zatar glaze, with parsnips and garlic purée, delicately bringing a Middle Eastern flavour to our restaurant?
We’re really proud of our chef, Roger Pergl-Wilson, and the kitchen team.
They use local produce: meat from Lakes Speciality Foods at Staveley and Udales in Morecambe; cheeses from the Cheese Larder in Kendal; fish from Neves at Fleetwood. Our larder is stocked from McClures in Windermere.
But food can’t really be described in words. And – with all due respect to Mary and Jamie and co – it can’t be tasted on the telly. The only way to understand what we’re talking about is to book a table and come and try it. Here’s the full menu for you to choose from.
Early Spring Menu
Artichoke Cakes v
 with caramelised onions
Grilled Mackerel with Blinis
warm pickled beetroot and chive crème fraîche
Cheese Beignets v
Cumbrian crumbly cheese with sesame dressing
Fresh Mussels
in a gently spiced saffron cream
Chicken Livers
pressed with dukkah, and toasted ciabatta bread

Crab and Salmon Fishcakes
 with minted yoghurt, baby vegetables, crushed new potatoes
 Lamb Rump
 roasted in a honey and zatar glaze, with parsnips and garlic purée
Mesquite Breast of Chicken
grilled and served with tagliatelle
Rib Eye Steak
with roasted shallots, celeriac purée and potato wedges
Vegetarian Tagine v
with aubergine, chestnuts and couscous

Spiced Banana Tarte Tatin
with salted caramel ice cream
Green Tea Chiffon Cake
with glazed Crème Brûlée and a roasted orange sorbet
Trio of Delights
black cherry & cranachan parfait,   dark chocolate pave,
warm lemon & cardamom madeline with sweet basil mousse

Poached Rhubarb
with almond brioche, vanilla espuma and galatopita
Home-Made Ice Creams
3 scoops of delicious ice cream
Cheese Platter
a selection of local cheese with grapes, celery and crackers
(can also be taken as an extra course for £8.95)
Coffee & Petit Fours 
Cafetiere of Farrers Coffee, Cappuccino, Americano, Latte, Espresso or Tea

Table d’Hote £39.95 for your choice of 3 courses
Sunday to Thursday we also offer £32.95 for 2 courses both with
appetizer, coffee and petit fours
(includes VAT, gratuities at your discretion)

Nuts and nut oils are extensively used throughout our kitchens and recipes

Friday, 14 March 2014

Backgammon in the Lake District

The clink of dice was heard on BBC Radio Cumbria when reporter Martin Lewes called to talk about our backgammon contest – and challenged me to a game. We’re all very excited about the event, now set for April 27, and entries are literally pouring in. We’ve had interest from all over the UK, and we have accepted a kind offer from John Wright in Liverpool to be our tournament director on the day. The UK Backgammon Foundation put him in touch with us.

As you might know by now, it’s the first time a backgammon event has been held in the Lakes and we hope this grows into an annual event.  We are also hoping that Cedar Manor will become known as a place where people can come and relax in the lounge and have a game of Backgammon at any time. If YOU play, do let us know when you come to stay.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Backgammon in the Lake District

The first Lake District backgammon championship is to be staged here at the Cedar Manor in April. It’s a one-day event and we are looking forward to welcoming players from all over the country.
I used to play regularly when I worked in London, and it seems that there are lots of players around, especially in this area, but no competitions.
It’s on Sunday April 27 and if you want to take part, do give us a call and register as soon as possible. The entry fee of £20 will include lunch and refreshments, and the winner’s prize will be a two-night stay at our hotel.
It’s a fascinating game and not difficult to learn. Everyone who has been on holiday to Greece or Spain will have seen how popular backgammon is there, with games being played at roadside cafes by all age groups.
Our contest has won the backing of the UK Backgammon Federation and the Fibsboard Backgammon Online forum. And if you’re not sure how to play, you can now download an app that shows you the basic moves. Come and have a try. Contact us here at or ring 015394 43192