• You may have heard about our walk from Coniston to Barrow to raise money for the Hearing Dog's Charity. Here Andrew reflects on how the day went...

    The weather could not have been better for a long walk in the Lake District. We registered at 8.30am at Coniston and joined the growing que to start. 1,600 eager walkers waiting for the 9am start. By this time, some of the K2B people were coming through half- way 21miles into their 42-mile run/walk.

    We set off on the west side of Coniston Water heading for our first checkpoint at Lowick. Our pace was good, everyone was in great spirits and the banter was good too! Residents were offering homemade cakes and drinks to all the lovely people passing.

    A quick stop at the Crown Inn in Lowick for a toilet break and some food and drink then off again towards the next checkpoint where we were met by two lovely Gentlemen in drag offering sweets. They were great fun and lifted our spirits for the next stage: the climb up to Marton village.

    The next stage was a hard slog and we were all feeling the stress on our feet and legs. Never been to Marton before but we were all so happy to get there meeting Mr Hewitt in our support vehicle, some of us were desperate to change our shoes and socks!

    Tired by now we soldiered on towards our next checkpoint at Dalton, What a turn out by the locals offering us much needed encouragement, drinks and a whole array of snacks and Steve even managed to get a shot of Whisky! There was a real festive atmosphere.

    From Dalton, we headed off on our final stage to Barrow-in-Furness. This part was really tough and the straight road made it look like miles and miles. We will never forget the last 1-mile marker and wondering after about 20 minutes where the finishing line was! Finally, after 6 hours and 24 minutes we crossed the line together.

    What a fantastic day raising money for a great cause, seen some of the most dramatic and changing scenery from the Mountains to the sea and encouraged all the way by people lining the streets and the banter we had with the other competitors, truly a day to remember. We already have a team for next year of team members who missed out this time.

    A big thank you to all those who gave money and supported us for the Hearing Dog’s charity!

  • We asked our wonderful Head Chef, Mark, if he had any seasonal recipes to share on our blog... How about a nice seasonal soup of foraged wild garlic?

    You can find wild garlic in most woodlands or riverbanks this time of year, easily recognisable by its long leaf and as we get towards mid-march, may time its delicate white flower. If youre not sure if its garlic simply break off a leaf and crush it between your fingers, you’ll soon recognise the smell.

    • 25g butter
    • 2 (roughly 275g) medium potatoes, cut into 1cm cubes
    • 1 (about 150g) medium onion, chopped
    • 1 litre vegetable stock
    • 4 big handfuls (about 200g) of wild garlic leaves, chopped
    • 100ml double cream
    1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. When foaming, add the potatoes and onion, then toss until well coated. Season. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
    2. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then add the wild garlic and cook for 2 minutes until wilted. Immediately liquidise the soup with a hand-held stick blender, then return to the pan, stir in the cream, taste and season. Serve hot with crusty bread.

    Chefs top tip:
    If you are lucky enough to have a plentiful supply of wild garlic you can always make the soup in bulk and freeze,
    So you can enjoy a taste of spring throughout the year

    We couldn't be happier with the food Mark produces for our lovely guests and the fantastic menu he has put together for us. If you're interested in finding out the range of dishes our team create, you can find our menu here.

  • The daffodils are in full bloom, lambs are skipping around the fields and the sun is starting to shine a little brighter - that’s right, spring has officially sprung in the Lakes.

    While of course, the Lake District is beautiful in all seasons, in spring it really starts to come into its own following the fresh winter.

    Here are our top three picks of spring activities that are right on our doorstep, here at The Regent Hotel.

    Explore Brockhole’s Mawson Gardens
    You can sign up for a guided tour around Brockhole’s Mawson Gardens on 29 March and get an insight into Brockhole’s history, plants and seasonal highlights, followed by afternoon tea in the café - all for just £9.95 including afternoon tea! (Booking advised).

    Minibeast Magic with Silverband
    The perfect event to keep your little ones entertained on 11 April at Brockhole on Windermere. Find out how Milly the Mombassa train millipede defends herself, see the scorpions that change colour and meet the bearded dragon who eats his lunch in front of children! Sessions at 11am, 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Prices are £5 child, £2 adult, book here.

    Walk in the footsteps of Wordsworth
    On 13 May, you can sign up for a joint World Heritage themed walk in partnership with Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. You’ll take the steamer from Glenridding to the legendary Aira Force waterfalls and return along the lake shore - discovering why this spectacular landscape deserves to become a World Heritage Site in 2017. Find out more about this event here.

    Of course, one of the best parts of spring is to simply enjoy the milder temperatures and the lighter evenings. Taking a stroll around the Lake District and enjoying the blossoming flowers and the lovely wildlife is special enough in itself. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to eat and drink, as we have a number of superb restaurants and cafés right on our doorstep - including our very own popular restaurant.

    Contact us here for more information about our springtime deals and enjoy your stay in the lovely Lake District.

  • 24 February 2017

    Guest review

    A guest recently wrote us a thank you note and was happy for us to share it with our lovely blog readers... a little insider look into a night spent at The Regent...

     

    "Hello,

    I wanted to write to tell you how wonderful my recent stay with you was. I enjoyed every moment. Your whole team are absolutely lovely - so friendly and welcoming.

    I arrived and was welcomed by the lovely team on reception and shown to my room, a cosy but large twin bedroom in the courtyard - simply stunning.

    At dinner I feasted on your Cumbrian sharing platter, (not to myself… but it was even too much for two of us!) fantastic portions and a true capture of the beautiful produce available across Cumbria - truly impressed. I then had the pork cutlet. Well… yummy yummy again! Accompanied with a delicious bubble and squeak, roast carrots, spinach and a superb apple puree - I was in a foodie heaven.

    I had the best nights sleep I think i’ve ever had in a hotel and awoke to the stunning sunshine and blue skies of the Lake District. Breakfast was something else. (I had the eggs benedict with salmon - my favourite - one of the best i’ve had). Lovely coffee and LOVELY staff!

    So thank you. I had a truly wonderful stay. So many lovely personal touches. I’ll definitely be back!"

     

    Thanks for reading! If you're looking to enter 'foodie heaven' book a table or your room with us! :) 

  • 02 February 2017

    Supporting Manna House...

    You may remember a little while ago we donated a very special prize to the Manna House auction evening. A superb evening which raised vital funds for a very worthy cause.

    Well our prize offering was something a little different. Our superb chef Mark, offered to cook a three course dinner in the winners home.

    The winners Dave and Pam have written to us to let us know how it went!

     

    "We just thought you would like to know how our night went with Mark. We had a brilliant time.

    The food was excellent - ham hock terrine, followed by duck three ways and then an absolutely divine chocolate souffle. I don't know if I have ever described food as devine but the chocolate souffle was!

    Mark worked so well in our kitchen and everything was served so profssionally. We, and our friends, could hardly believe what we had bought at the Manna House auction could bring us such enjoyment.

    We are planning a return visit to the Regent and out friends are planning their first.

    Thanks for everything,

    Pam and Dave."

     

    We would like to thank Pam and Dave for their kind words and for helping us support such a fantastic cause! 

     

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