• Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Lake District, and despite not being the most popular season for tourism, there is still plenty to see and do. We have a fantastic Autumn Offer on our rooms and to make a stay with us even more tempting, here’s a fantastic selection of what’s on in the area this Autumn.

    Guided Walks.

    Visiting the Lake District for the first time? Or perhaps you want to ‘get out there’ but you’re not comfortable navigating across the countryside? Not to worry! The Lake District National Park are great at arranging guided walks, many of which are free. There are walks arranged throughout the Autumn each graded easy, moderate or hard so you can pick a walk that is suitable to your abilities. Coming up this October, there is a ‘very hard’ guided walk to the summit of Blencathra from Scales Fell, this will bag three of Wainwrights summits in one! Alternately, if that sounds a bit on the extreme side, there is an ‘easy family walk’ above Derwent Water that passes through Great Wood to Ashness Bridge and the lake shore. The perfect walk for enjoying the stunning Autumn colours of the season. If you’d like to view more guided walks visit: https://bit.ly/2Ogpzhi

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival.

    The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival takes place in nearby Kendal between the 12th-14th October and is the only event of its kind in the UK. Celebrating the world of comic art and the artists who create them, festival goers can look forward to talks from some of the biggest names in comic art, exhibitions, workshops, live drawing, films and much more. This year there will be over 70 special guests. Alan Davis will be attending and he has written for many huge comic magazines, including Batman for DC comics, and Robocop for Marvel. If you’d like to find out more or to book tickets visit: https://bit.ly/2NSGkPJ

    Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

    Many people who come and stay with us are lovers of the great outdoors, and situated in the heart of Ambleside we are in the perfect location for walking and hiking in the fells and mountains. Kendal Mountain film Festival takes place between the 15th-18th November this year. This award-winning event has grown considerably in size and popularity since it began 17 years ago, attracting outdoor enthusiasts from all over the UK. You can expect to see a variety of stunning, memorable, awe-inspiring films, photography, inspirational speakers, explorers, artists and athletes. There will be the opportunity to purchase top brands and equipment, be entertained by live music, and enjoy a pint or two with like minded individuals. If this sounds up your street, visit https://bit.ly/1vNCJ50 to book tickets.

  • The Lake District is a top tourist attraction of the UK with more and more visitors each year. Here at the Regent Hotel we are situated in the heart of the Lake District, in Ambleside town. Our hotel is next to the shores of Lake Windermere, and some of our rooms offer amazing views of the lake and mountains beyond.

    The beauty of the deep valleys, steep crooked mountains, fells and lakes create such wonder amongst our guests, we thought we’d share with you some interesting, amazing and weird facts about the Lake District.

    1. The Big Freeze

    Lake Windermere has Frozen over three times! In 1895 it was frozen for 6 weeks and visitors were able to walk across the Lake. The most recent time the Lake has frozen was in 1963.

    2. Two Buried Villages

    Haweswater was originally a natural Lake about 2.5 miles long and was home to two villages Measland and Mardale Green. In 1929 Parliament granted permission for Haweswater to be transformed into a larger reservoir to help support the growing population. As a result the villages were pulled down, including a pub, church, farms and homes. Now, if water levels are low it is possible to see the remains of buildings emerging from the water, creepy!

    3. Change of Perception

    Through his poetry William Wordsworth helped change the attitude of society towards the great outdoors and nature. Before the 19th Century, remote areas of Britain, including the Lake District were considered dangerous places that should not be explored.

    4. Two Million Years in the Making

    The Lake District has evolved through several glaciations over the last 2 million years. The long elongated lakes such as Lake Windermere were created as a result of melting ice, along with the tarns which can be found at higher elevations. The many u-shaped valleys that can be found in the Lake District are a typical feature of glacial erosion.

    5. Home to the Deepest bodies of Water and the Highest Peaks

    England’s largest natural Lake, highest mountain and deepest body of water can all be found in the Lake District.
    Scafell Pike, the highest mountain is (3,209 ft) and was formed 450 million years ago. Interestingly Scafell Pike is also Britain's highest War memorial, donated to the National Trust in 1919 to commemorate the dead by original owner the 3rd Baron of Leconfield, Charles Wyndham.

    The largest lake is Lake Windermere, which is over 10 miles long. The Lake is home to 18 islands, the largest Belle Isle is the only one to ever have been inhabited, and it is still privately owned and lived on. The island is a monument of history, there have been houses on the island dating back to the Romans, and Roman artifacts have been found on site.

    Wastwater in the Wasdale Valley is the deepest body of water in England, and it is very near to Scafell Pike. This water is the perfect example of an ‘over-deepend valley’, it is 79m deep, the surface is 200 feet above sea level while it’s bottom is over 50 feet below sea level.

  • High on the hill, standing proud with a backdrop of impressive woodlands stands Claife Viewing Station.

    Built in 1790s, this visitor viewpoint invites you to soak up the spectacular breath of Lake Windermere. It was at the height of popularity in the 1830s for fashionistas travelling to the Lake District to spend their days in the impressive drawing room which houses a multiple of stained glass windows capturing the seasons lights of the Lake landscape.

    Stand in the middle of the room and visualise spring, summer, autumn and winter all in one day. There are even two windows that show the beautiful moonshine, and moody thunderstorms reflecting across the lake. Rumour has it you can even hear a Aeolian wind harp on a blustery day.

    Claife Heights with the viewing station is now restored and looked after by The National Trust. With a cafe (opens daily 11-3pm) and picnic area for you to enjoy.

    This is a perfect car-free day trip from Ambleside, with ferries docking at the Viewing Station and a gentle 4 minute walk from the ferry landing. Stroll through the courtyard and up to the viewing platform to adire these panoramic views.

    Learn about the building’s colourful history and relax in the quaint café in the courtyard. Explore Ash Landing Nature Reserve just down the road, wandering through the woodland and stumble across pockets of wildflower meadows.

    If you’re feeling more adventurous, set out on the 4-mile lakeshore path which leads to Wray Castle. Whether you are on foot or bike, this gentle, linear route is great for the whole family. You can return to Ambleside on the boat from Wray Castle or Bark Barn, or refuel in the castle's café and retrace your steps back to the ferry.

  • Here at the Regent Hotel as well as offering superb accommodation and service we take pride in our wonderful restaurant Table 22, which is open to residents, tourists and locals! To give you a flavor of what we serve and why you should visit, here are 5 fabulous reasons to dine with us.

    1.Local Produce
    Our dedicated team of experienced chefs live to serve good food. Supporting local suppliers and knowing where our food has been reared or produced is an important part of what we do. We even have a special ice cream made just for us! The delicious toffee apple ice cream on our dessert menu is made by the Handmade Ice Cream Company based in Ulverston.

    2. Variety
    Our menu is very creative, offering a wide range of dishes to please every palate. We serve traditional main courses such as our tasty chicken breast wrapped in serrano ham with champ mash, to more exotic plates like our flavoursome griddled Asian beef and fresh mango salad. If you are struggling to decide from the array of mouth watering options you could always go for one of our sharing platters!

    3. Private Dining
    Not all restaurants can offer private dining, and when on holiday or celebrating a special event it can often be ‘the icing on the cake’ to a sit down meal. Our private dining area can seat up to 16 guests, all on one large table. We can even offer tailor made menus, so if you’ve got a family favourite be sure to tell us, our helpful team will happily cater to your needs.

    4. Veggie friendly!
    It can sometimes be hard to find a good, imaginative selection of vegetarian dishes in restaurants, as we are sure many vegetarians will agree. The common option, although tasty, is all to frequently ‘mushroom stroganoff’. We pride ourselves in offering multiple vegetarian plates. There is a vegetarian sharing board, a twice baked three cheese souffle, and a crunchy super salad just to name a few.

    5. Sunday Lunch
    Now who doesn’t love Sunday lunch? We serve a three course Sunday dinner, with the option for 2 courses or just a main. For your Sunday dinner if you’re after meat, you can choose between a delectable slow cooked blade of beef or a succulent roast chicken breast. Veggie? You can still look forward to tucking in to our warming spring vegetable risotto.

  • 23 May 2018

    Gin on The Deck

    June is fast approaching and we simply cannot wait for those gorgeous summer evenings, sitting outside and having a glass of our prefered tipple. Lucky for us, The Deck is the perfect location to sit out and take in that sweet summer air. Gin has fast become one of the more popular spirits on offer today with a variety of flavours and botanicals added for all to enjoy.

    With that in mind, let's take a trip through the Lake District and look at some locally distilled Gins:

    Award-winning Lakes Gin
    The Lakes Distillery in Bassenthwaite are experts in creating liqueurs. On their premises, they make Whiskies, Vodkas and, most importantly, Gin. Their Lakes Gin is refreshing and easy drinking, offering the drinker floral notes and vibrant citrus. Our recommendation on how to best enjoy this is with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, watermelon and lime to really get that citrus note to pop.

    If you are looking for a flavoured gin, The Lakes Distillery offer their award-winning Elderflower Gin best enjoyed in a glass of prosecco.

    Langston’s No.1
    Distilled near Skiddaw, this gin uses an aquifer found at the bottom of Skiddaw Mountain. 11 botanicals are used to impart their flavour including ancient Lake District Oak Bark. Providing a deep flavour that is perfect on its own with ice or with a dash of tonic. Our recommendation would be to enjoy this gin with Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic, Strawberry and Basil to compliment those deep complex flavours with a little sweetness.

    Bedrock Gin
    This is a London dry gin distilled by Spirit of the Lakes. They were founded in 2008 when Vince Wilkins wanted to encapsulate the beauty of the Lake District in a gin. Since then they have won awards with their combination of smoothness and citrus notes. We recommend enjoying this gin with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic, Lime Blueberries and Rosemary.

    Fever Tree Tonics
    Although this isn't a gin! It is still an important part of making a great drink. Finding a tonic that best suits a gin is almost an eye-opening revelation that helps to complement the great botanicals used in the distilling process. We find that Fever Trees wide range of tonics create perfect harmony between the Gin and the Tonic.

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