• 22 August 2017

    Afternoon Tea anyone?

    Regent Hotel Afternoon Tea

    Where does the tradition of Afternoon Tea come from? We are a nation renowned for our love of tea and tea breaks and there is nothing us Brits like more after a hard day or holiday abroad (where they don’t have your favourite PG or Tetley) than a big steaming cup of tea. It’s a staple in our diet, you can cure any problem with a cup of tea (or at least you feel better to tackle the world after a cuppa) and we drink 165 million cups of the stuff each day in the UK.

    Back in the 1800’s the seventh Duchess of Bedford had a marvellous idea, which would not only enable more tea drinking but also involved a snack to keep you going until dinner - she introduced the first Afternoon Tea.

    To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week, which ran from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th August, a whole week dedicated to Afternoon Tea and all great things related to it, we have put together some top facts about one of the nation’s favourite past-times.

    How did it start?

    Back in the 1800’s people only had two meals a day - breakfast and dinner - so to fill the long break between Anna, Duchess of Bedford, came up with the idea of a cup of tea and a snack in her private bedroom. The tradition soon formed and once it became respectable, taking Afternoon Tea was moved to the dining room and was then established as the fashionable thing to do.

    A formal affair

    Queen Victoria can be credited for officially adopting the habit into our culture after she used to hold ‘tea receptions’. These would be held between 4pm and 7pm and could sometimes involve up to 200 guests visiting at random times to take tea and refreshments with her.

    Upper class Afternoon Tea

    Traditionally their tea would be at 4pm, just before their daily walk through Hyde Park. It was named ‘low tea’ as their tea, cakes and sandwiches would be served on a low type coffee table.

    Middle and lower class Afternoon Tea

    A variation of the upper class offering, the middle and lower classes took their tea between 5pm and 6pm, however it was much more substantial as it usually replaced dinner. This was called ‘high tea’ as it was served at the dinner table.

    A ‘traditional’ Afternoon Tea menu might include the following

    A selection of finger sandwiches (always with the crusts removed)
    Scones with clotted cream and jam
    A selection of cakes and pastries
    Range of teas

    Here at The Regent Hotel we have maintained tradition with our Afternoon Tea but added a touch of luxury and indulgence to make it extra special. Why not treat yourself, sit back, enjoy the view and savour our home-baked warm fruit scones with damson jam and clotted cream. See our full menu here and join us for an afternoon of relaxation and great British tradition.

  • Ambleside view

    In the last few weeks UNESCO has awarded World Heritage Status to The Lake District, joining an elite group of just over 1000 other sites worldwide. Here at The Regent Hotel we are very proud, and lucky, to live and work in such a beautiful area and our hotel has just been listed by the Independent as one of the 10 best hotels in the Lake District. What better time for you to visit us and share everything this amazing location has to offer.

    There are so many reasons to come and explore our corner of the Lake District so we have put together a few suggestions. If you want any more ideas chat to us when you arrive, we are always happy to share our local knowledge.


    If the rain arrives.....

    If you need an indoor activity then the ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ stage show is the perfect choice. Inspired by Beatrix Potter this spectacular stage show brings her favourite characters to life. Using puppetry, singing and dancing, your imagination will be transported on a magical adventure. You can then explore the World of Beatrix Potter. meeting all your favourite characters along the way. Wander through Jemima Puddle-Duck’s woodland glade, into Mrs Tiggy-winkle’s kitchen or see if you can spot Mr Jeremy Fisher on his lily-pad boat. A fantastic experience, taking you into a world of imagination and the chance to re-live childhood memories.

    When the sun comes out

    When the sun is shining there is no better place to be than in the great outdoors, so why not do some exploring by bike. Guided family cycle rides leave from Brockhole and start with a boat ride across Windermere. You will then pedal your way to Claife Viewing Station where you can learn about its history and the role it played attracting tourists to the area over 200 years ago.

    If Music is more your thing then we have a Lake District Summer Music Festival which takes place between 29th July and 11th August. This year will be the 33rd festival and will include 40 different events at locations throughout the Lake District. These include an Ella Fitzgerald tribute concert, piano duets, sitar music and a Cello and Chamber Masterclass. We are nothing if not diverse!

    For some Lake District culture then a trip to Dove Cottage in Grasmere is a must. A special exhibition - Lakes Mountains & Waterfalls - explores how William Wordsworth, Britain’s best loved poet, attracted people to the Lake District landscape. Spend some time on a tour around Dove Cottage and learn about the day-to-day life of Wordsworth and his family, or take a stroll in the garden he created and wrote some of his most famous poetry in.

    When you are ready to put your feet up and relax we will welcome you back to enjoy afternoon tea overlooking a beautiful lakeside view.

  • It’s that time of year again - The Great North Swim is almost upon us and we can’t believe how quickly time has flown by! It only feels like yesterday that our very own Andrew was getting ready to take part and raise thousands of pounds for a fantastic cause.

    This year, the event is taking place on Friday 9th to Sunday 11th of June, when thousands of swimmers will take to lake windermere, right on our doorstep. Over the course of those three days, the participants will plunge into the stunning Lake Windermere and complete a range of different distances, including a half mile, one mile, two mile and 5k.

    The 10k marathon swim is six laps of the standard one mile course, and the swim is suitable for regular swimmers who are capable of taking on longer distances. The entry age is 18+ and anyone who enters must be able to swim 10k unaided, within 4 hours.

    There’s also a new event taking place this year, The Great North SwimRun - which has short, middle and endurance distances (short and middle distances are now sold out).

    The Great North Swim brings back brilliant memories for us, here at The Regent Hotel. Last year, our Andrew took part to raise money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, in memory of David Benjamin. Andrew and the team did a fantastic job, raising a staggering £122,165 on Just Giving alone! They well and truly smashed their target of £10,000 which was absolutely incredible.

    We’re really looking forward to cheering the swimmers on this weekend. Remember, if you’re heading over to The Great North Swim and still need accommodation or somewhere to refuel with a delicious meal, bear us in mind - we’re in a great location at Watrhead bay, plus you could relax on The Deck, our new outdoor dining area and watch the swimmers!

    Call 015394 32254 to check our availability for this weekend and to all you swimmers, have a fantastic weekend adn good luck! 

  • 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.


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