• 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.

  • Love to find out some delicious chef secrets? Look no further! Our wonderful Chef Neil has reveals how to make one of our fave dishes. 

    Serves 4

    1kg trimmed & grilled asparagus
    3 egg yolks
    200g melted butter
    Freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 tsp white wine vinegar

    Put a pan of water on to boil & place a heat-proof glass bowl that will fit snugly, into the pan so that it is not touching the water.

    Add the egg yolks and the white wine vinegar to the bowl & whisk until light in colour, slowly add the melted butter, stirring all the time, until it thickens.

    Once thick and creamy, stir in the lemon juice (or for a little twist, you can add Blood Orange juice for extra flavour and colour).

    Top the grilled asparagus with the hollandaise sauce & serve immediately – a perfect summer lunch!

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