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Something to mull over...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, December 01, 2016

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  2. It's that time of year where Mulled Wine (or Glühwein in German and Austrian) makes its annual appearance on seasonal menus and at social gatherings (everyone has at least one really organised friend who makes homemade mulled wine putting everyone else to shame), but how and where did this tradition begin?
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Once again we can thank the Romans for yet another glorious invention (perhaps not as practical as the roads, but equally as important). Originating in the 2nd century, the Romans would heat their wine to help them through the cold winters. As they caused chaos over the next century by conquering much of the continent, their preference for mulled wine in the winter also spread across their empire and trading nations. Popularity for this warming drink continued to increase throughout the middle ages but with the added twist of spices, as this was thought to prevent sickness (good call), and natural sweeteners to improve the flavour.

 

The next peak in popularity for mulled wine was in the 1890s when Glögg (a Swedish variation of mulled wine) became largely associated with Christmas in Sweden , and eventually every wine merchant in the country had their own version and recipe. Before too long, bottles were being distributed throughout Europe, and the almost forgotten mulled wine was reinvented and brought back to the market and public consciousness. In decades to follow, mulled wine became a world phenomenon with nations creating their own recipes and cooking methods.

 

As we approach the holidays, mulled wine remains a delicious Christmas tradition, sharing the same status as the mince pie and figgy pudding. Chin chin.

 

For mulled wine in The Lake District, visit The Fizzy Tarté. See their full Winter Menu HERE


 

What to do when it's wet in The Lakes

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, November 24, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you're visiting The Lake District and the weather has turned out to be somewhat disappointing (a situation one should be prepared for when visiting this part of the world!) However, this certainly does not mean your mini-break to the beautiful National Park has to disappointing too. The Lake District is home to a number of highly enjoyable activities which are wet weather appropriate (but don’t neglect to pack your umbrella).

 

 

 

  • The Puzzling Place – Keswick
  • Access your inner child at The Puzzling Place in Keswick. The Puzzling Place is an attraction based on the 'world of illusion' which will expose the flaws in your visual system. You'll be shaking your head in disbelief as you discover the interactive exhibits and optical illusions. The Puzzling Place appeals to all ages with favourites including the 'Anti-gravity Room and the 'Hologram Gallery'.
  • Learn more: http://www.puzzlingplace.co.uk/
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  • Zeffirellis - Ambleside
  • Home to a cinema, restaurant, cafe & jazz bar, Zefferellis is so much more than your standard cinema. Although all visitors have the option of simply seeing a film in the comfortable cinema theatres offered by Zefferellis, you can also take advantage of the great value Movie Deal. The deal includes a two course meal at the popular Zefferellis or Fellinis restaurant and a cinema ticket for your choice of film showing in any of their 3 cinema venues. Booking in advance is advised. Jazz fan? The Jazz Bar at Zefferellis hosts live music from an array of acts most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Learn more:http://www.zeffirellis.com/
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  • The Keswick Climbing Wall – Keswick
  • Perhaps you were hoping to explore the fells of The Lake District and the weather has forced you to reconsider your plans? The Keswick Climbing Wall is the ideal rainy day choice for the more active among us. Choose from indoor climbing or indoor archery for a day of physical fun in the heart of The Lake District.
  • Learn more: http://www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk/
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  • The World of Beatrix Potter/Old Laundry Theatre – Bowness-on-Windermere
  • The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is not just for children! Learn more about the world-famous author as well as her stories and illustrations. The attraction includes a short introductory film and an exhibition which brings her wonderful characters to life. If this doesn't sound all that appealing, The Old Laundry Theatre is also located within the same building. Small and intimate, The Old Laundry Theatre boasts a lively season of professional drama, classical music, folk, comedy, lectures and film.
  • Learn more: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/ - http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/
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  • Lakeland – Windermere
  • A 'shopping experience' rather than the average kitchen technology shop. The flagship store located in Windermere is an impressive 12,200 sq. foot, including a state of the art kitchen where you can watch product demonstrations and try out the newest and most innovative kitchenware products on the market. The large, bright and inviting shop is home to thousands kitchen products, general home solutions and seasonal essentials and gifts. You'll be astounded at the ingenious technology and the sheer number of products that will be make you question how you survived in the kitchen all this time without them!
  • Learn more: http://www.lakeland.co.uk/stores/windermere
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  • Local pubs & cafes
  • When the weather is miserable there is often nothing better than a steaming hot chocolate in a quaint cafe, or a hearty lunch in a cosy pub with a crackling log fire...
  • Such establishments are plentiful and very popular in the Lake District (undoubtedly helped by our rather impressive annual rainfall), and every preference is catered for.
  • For a traditional country pub (think low ceilings, wooden beams, warming fires) try The Masons Arms or The Hole In't Wall. If you would prefer a bustling and intimate cafe, our recommendations include Homeground Coffee + Kitchen in Windermere and Brew Brothers in Kendal.

 



 

What to do in December: The Lake District

Emily Hadfield - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

 

 

 

It's a scary thought but December is almost upon us with Christmas only around the corner. If you are lucky enough to be in The Lake District over the festive period, here are a few suggestions and ideas for what you can do this December.

 

Session 4 at The Brewery Wine Club: Christmas Winners

Thursday 1st December 2016

For times and tickets, click here: https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/food-and-drink/new-brewery-wine-club/


The Brewery Wine Club is a new series of events taking place at The Brewery Arts Centre. Hosted by long established and highly regarded wine merchant Chris Leather, The wine club is an opportunity to explore and learn more about our trusted and faithful friend, vino. Taste classic and less well known wines from around the world in the comfortable and atmospheric Warehouse Café. Session 4, 'Christmas Winners', is all about which wines should accompany your festive feast this Christmas. Guaranteed to be a jolly and entertaining evening.

 

The Nutcracker Ballet: Live Screening at the Brewery Arts Centre

Thursday 8th December 2016

For times and tickets, click here: https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/kids/listing/THE-NUTCRACKER-LIVE-SCREENING-BALLET


A quintessential Christmas experience. Witness The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, with Tchaikovsky's glittering score, impressive festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's effortless and captivating dancing.

 

Ja Windermere German Christmas Market

Saturday 10th December 2016 to Sunday 11th December 2016

For times and directions, click here: http://windermere-ja.co.uk/


A brand new and exciting event for the little town of Windermere! Visitors will be able to enjoy stalls selling delightful seasonal gifts, a range of delicious food and drinks, plus, live music and street entrainment. The festivities are then expected to continue into the evening in the bars and pubs of Windermere.

 

Cartmel Christmas Food market

Friday 16th December 2016

For times and directions, click here: https://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/events/c/cartmel-food-market/


This popular food market is held every third Friday of the month and features the finest food from the local area (expect the tastiest sticky toffee pudding ever to grace this planet). However, this December, Cartmel is embracing the festivities with a special Christmas-inspired Market (don't worry, the STP will still be making an appearance).

 

Northern Crafts Kendal Gift & Craft Fair

Saturday 17th December 2016

For times and directions, click here: http://www.exploresouthlakeland.co.uk/events/info.php?id=24579


The Northern Crafts Kendal Gift and Craft Fair is full of local handmade gifts and goods, ideal for all occasions, but also a great opportunity to do some last minute Christmas Shopping. Find some unique presents at this friendly Craft Fair.

 

Christmas Stargazing at Grizedale

Friday 30th December 2016

For times and tickets, click here: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/BEEH-ADFK7B


Need some calm after the chaos of Christmas? Join professional astronomers as they guide you through the constellations and the Milky Way. See the sky's wonders at this relaxing and highly interesting event in the beautiful grounds of Grizedale forest.

 

New Years Eve at The Fizzy Tarté

Saturday 31st December 2016

http://www.thefizzytarte.com/


Bring in the New Year at the stylish and elegant Champagne and cocktail bar, The Fizzy Tarté. Situated in the centre of Bowness, it is guaranteed to be a night full of laughter, great music, and of course, bubbles.


 

If The Cranleigh did Roast Dinners...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, November 10, 2016

 

It is that time of year again where the trusted roast potato is once again back in favour. Out go the quinoa salads and the stuffed peppers, and in comes the hearty roast dinner. Unfortunately, The Cranleigh Boutique does not offer such a feast. However, this does not mean we don't appreciate a fine spread. Here is what we believe would make the ULTIMATE roast. Warning: Food coma may incur.

To Start

 

Red Onion & Goats Cheese Tartlet

 

A match made in culinary heaven. Treat your taste-buds to this vegetarian friendly starter, and begin with a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

 

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Seared Scallops

 

A starter fit for kings. When cooked and seasoned well, there is nothing more delicious or decadent than a seared scallop.

 


 

The Main Course

 

Beef Wellington

 

The most luxurious Sunday or any special day roast. Tender pink beef fillet covered with mushroom duxelles and a bit of pate, all wrapped up in crisp flaky pastry... what more could you possibly want?!

 


 

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Mustard Butter-Basted Roast Turkey with Bacon

 

Let's be honest. Turkey can easily be... boring. Nevertheless, we are approaching that time of year where many people believe a Turkey is a ‘must have’ on the dining table .Ensure your bird has extra tasty gravy with a tangy mustard and butter baste- plus, we all know that bacon makes anything instantly better.

 

Still Have Space?

 

Sticky Toffee Pudding

 

A staple in the pudding world. Some may say plain, but we say classic.

 


 

And let's not forget...

 

CHEESE.

 

What else! The Cranleigh cheese plate would have to include an Italian Tallegio, a British creamy Lancashire and a French Camembert. And of course, you can't go wrong with a good ol' Mature Cheddar.

 

… and let the food coma commence.

 

There are numerous places to go for a satisfying Sunday lunch in The Lake District. Our favourites include: The Mason's Arms, The Punch Bowl and The Drunken Duck.

 

Where to go for Bonfire Night in The Lake District

Emily Hadfield - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

 


 

Often overshadowed by Halloween and Christmas, Bonfire Night is undoubtedly one of the best and most under-rated celebrations in the British calendar. What's not to love? You can wrap up in your matching fluffy hat, scarf and gloves without anyone batting an eyelid, while enjoying some delicious alcoholic beverage (preferably mulled wine) and snack on BBQ food and toffee apples. And of course, this is all while you admire the warming bonfire and (hopefully!) an impressive fireworks display. Bonfire Night is almost guaranteed to be a jolly and social occasion.

 

Although its beginnings have a slightly morbid nature (you know, the whole Guy Fawkes trying to blow up parliament, then his failure resulting in a celebration mimicking his body burning on the bonfire part), it has turned into a delightful annual tradition that makes winter feel like so much more than a season associated with hibernation and horrendous weather. Want to know where to go for Bonfire Night in The Lake District? Take inspiration from the list below.

 

 

Fireworks & Late-night Shopping at Hayes Garden World

Friday 4th November 2016 – 6pm till 9pm

Tickets: Booking is essential. To book and view prices, click here https://hayesgardenworld.digitickets.co.uk/tickets


Hayes Garden World comes alive during the winter, with decorations and festive events galore. If you are ever in need of some Christmas spirit, Hayes is the place to go. However, prior to Christmas, Hayes celebrates Guy Fawkes night with a memorable fireworks display and bonfire-style food. The late-night shopping also gives visitors time to explore Hayes' magical festive range with 10% off.

 

Windermere RUFC Fireworks & Bonfire

Saturday 5th November 2016 – From 6.30pm (bonfire lit at 6.30pm and fireworks from 7pm)

Tickets/Admission: £5.00 - £10 for a family ticket

For information, click here: https://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/events/w/windermere-rugby-bonfire-fireworks/


This is a truly traditional bonfire night which is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. On top of a BBQ, visitors can expect toffee apples, flowing beer, sparklers, cinder toffee, a roaring bonfire, and of course, a fabulous firework display.

 

Sedbergh Bonfire & Fireworks Display

Saturday 5th November 2016 – From 6.30pm

Tickets/Admission: Adults £3.00 – Free for children under 16

For more information, click here: https://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/events/s/sedbergh-gala-bonfire-fireworks-display/


The annual bonfire and fireworks display in Sedbergh takes place on the People's Hall playing field. There will be lots going on throughout the evening in addition to the bonfire and firework display, including a pumpkin lantern competition, fibre optics, night games and tombola. There will also be burgers, soup, cakes, pastries and mulled wine, with tea and coffee available.

 

Hawkshead Bonfire & Fireworks

Saturday 5th November 2016 - From 6.00pm

Tickets/Admission: Donations at the gate welcomed

For more information , click here: https://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/events/h/hawkshead-bonfire-fireworks/


Another local favourite is the Hawkshead Bonfire & Fireworks event. In addition to the impressive bonfire and display, there will be entertainment for all ages, food, and sweet treats.


 

 

What is WINTERMACY?

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, October 27, 2016

 

 

Winter may mean shorter days and cooler temperatures, but there is no doubt that winter is the most intimate time of the year. You may wonder how this is possible as windswept hair and thermal socks may not scream sexy, but there is so much more to this delightful season.

 

Wintermacy can take many shapes. Winter allows you and your special other to get truly cosy, and it is these treasured moments that epitomises wintermacy. Therefore, the meaning of wintermacy changes depending on the individual. For some, it is escaping the bitter breeze to share the warmth of a roaring fire with their loved one. For others, it's embracing the crisp air and exploring the countryside, with snow underfoot and Robyns in the trees. Then there's those who believe that nothing says winter romance more than hiding away in an old country pub with wooden beams and crackling longs...

 

Whatever wintermacy means to you, be sure to find yours this season.

 

 

 

Take advantage of The Cranleigh's exclusive wintermacy offer and indulge in winter romance at The Cranleigh Boutique, renowned for its award winning, adult only accommodation. All bookings made for 2 nights or more in October through to March receive: Afternoon Tea For 2 at the new and effortlessly stylish Champagne bar and Patisserie, The Fizzy Tarté, a 10% discount on any additional spend at The Fizzy Tarté, plus, two Lake Cruise tickets. This is all on top of our regular boutique benefits, such as complimentary spa access and priority access to The Fizzy Tarté. Click HERE to find out more...


At the Cranleigh Boutique you can submit to the unparalleled comfort of superior furnishings and designer interiors, overlook the stunning scenery while nursing quality coffee and rich hot chocolate, and nestle in front of a warming fire after discovering the wonderful charm of The Lake District. In other words, you can revel in wintermacy.


Staying at The Cranleigh the winter? Share your cosy winter images with us on our website! Simply tag your photo with #wintermacy. 

 

 


 

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Emily Hadfield - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 


 

 

Before the stress of Christmas consumes us all into a sock buying frenzy, enjoy a countryside getaway in one the most scenic areas of the country. From local traditions to performances from double Grammy award winning artists, there is something for everyone in The Lake District.

 

Bonfire and Firework Display: Windermere Rugby Club

Saturday 5th November

 

A truly traditional bonfire night which is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. Expect toffee apples, flowing beer, sparklers, cinder toffee, a roaring bonfire, and of course, a fabulous firework display.

 

The King's Singers Matinee Performance: Westmorland Hall, Kendal Leisure Centre

Sunday 6th November, 2016

 

To raise funds for St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, K Shoes Male Voice Choir is presenting a concert with the Internationally famous The King's Singers, also featuring K Shoes Male Voice Choir and a choir from The Queen Katherine School, Kendal. Rarely does our part of the country see such globally recognised artists such as The King's Singers, with numerous awards, including two Grammys already under their belt. With a diverse and wide repertoire, their performance is likely to include everything from classic jazz numbers to pop hits. There is no denying that this production will appeal to a vast audience. For more information on the performance and tickets, click on the link below.


https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/lakes-tickets/listing/THE-KINGS-SINGERS

 

Antiques Fair: Lunesdale Hall, Kirby Lonsdale

Saturday 12th November

 

Everyone loves a bit of vintage these days! If you're the same, visit the Kirby Lonsdale antiques fair, where you will find 14 stalls from some of the area's leading antique dealers. Find a range of collectables and unique quirky pieces which you can treasure. For more information click the link below.

 

https://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/events/a/antique-fair-kirkby-lonsdale/

 

Ambleside Christmas Lights 2016: Ambleside Town Centre

Saturday 19th November 2016

 

The annual Ambleside Switch On event is one of fun and laughter. Although the 2016 schedule is yet to be announced, last year included a BBQ, a skating rink, a charity Christmas fair, a lantern procession, and a 'Father Christmas Cruise'. An event for all ages, it's ideal to get you into the festive mood! For more information, click the link below.

 

https://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/events/a/ambleside-christmas-lights/


 

Upgrade Galore at The Cranleigh Boutique

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, October 13, 2016

 

It has been an exciting time at The Cranleigh Boutique, with substantial refurbishments occurring throughout the hotel. Standard Room 4, Superior Room 2 and the Sanctuary Suite have all had magnificent makeovers, making Cranleigh Boutique accommodation even more luxurious than before. To gain further insight into the changes that have been happening at The Cranleigh, we briefly interviewed the owner, Stephen Hargreaves.

 

Why the sudden refurb?

 

S: It has been 10 years since the unique Cranleigh Brand came to The Lake District, and although we constantly update our rooms so they don't look tired, it was time for certain rooms to have a drastic makeover. A lot has changed in 10 years and we had to modernise, as well as listen and adapt to the change in customer tastes and preferences.

 

 


 

 

What was your ultimate aim?

 

S: The ultimate aim was to make each room and suite a warm and inviting space which feels special, and far from the standard hotel room or suite in The Lake District. I took into account the feedback I received from customers for truly desirable accommodation.

 

Why did you choose the materials you did?

 

S: It's all about quality. The new fabrics and wallpapers have come from top, respected designers.

 

What is your favourite aspect of the upgraded rooms?

 

S: I love how the space has changed and works in a different way from before. The rooms are much more customer friendly as they have been decorated to encourage relaxation.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sanctuary Suite has changed quite a lot. Why is this?

 

S: The clue is in the name. This suite has to ooze privacy and indulgence and be the perfect escape for couples who want to retreat to the countryside for a luxurious getaway. Therefore, The Sanctuary Suite has to be modern, inviting and embody a warm atmosphere.

 


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The Best of Brunch

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, October 06, 2016
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Breakfast and brunch is booming. If the old proverb is correct by stating we should be eating breakfast like Kings, then here in the UK, we are doing well. According to a survey that was carried out in 2015, Britons now spend an average of £76m a day on going out for breakfast or brunch. That's a lot of eggs. From 'bottomless brunches' to 'all-day breakfasts', it is clear that the nation's restaurants and coffee shops have began to prioritise this once forgotten meal.

 

But where should you have your most important meal of the day?

 

Local Hot Spots:

 

Homeground Coffee + Kitchen, Main Road, Windermere, The Lake District.

A brunching delight in the heart of the Lake District. Rustic and inviting, Homeground Coffee + Kitchen offers a vast range of coffees and teas to accompany your tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch dish. Only open from 9 -5 (and closed on Wednesdays), Homeground is always bustling full of happy customers.

 

Favourites: Eggs Benny (sourdough ciabatta, smoked ham hock, spinach, two poached eggs, hollandaise) - Brunch Platter (chilli fried eggs, honey-glazed chorizo, sweet potato crisps, HG hash browns, smashed avocado, romesco, sun-blushed tomatoes, sweetened moonscape, lemon thyme & honey baked peaches, house baked crumpets, sourdough toast)

 

 

 

 

Brew Brothers, 69 Highgate, Kendal.

This independent and licensed “shabby chic coffee house” has quickly become a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Boasting a well-priced menu consisting of fresh and innovative food, alongside a number of delicious daily specials, Brew Brothers attracts a number of hungry customers throughout the day.

 

Favourites: Egg and Veggie Stack (poached egg, spinach, artichoke, melted Roquefort, toasted artisan bread) – Large Crumpet (fried chorizo, poached egg and sweetcorn relish).

 

 

 

Chesters By The River, Skelwith Bridge, Cumbria

A gem in the country. As the name suggests, Chesters is located overlooking the River Brathay, giving this charming cafe & shop a rural, countryside feel. Serving mainly vegetarian, fresh dishes which are packed with flavour , it's no surprise that Chesters By The River is incredibly popular with all, from walkers fresh off the fells to couples wanting a healthy meal with a view. Their cafe is open from 9am to 5pm, but dishes are served until there is no more, complementing their 'fresh and seasonal food made daily' concept. Although their menu regularly changes, recent brunch (10.30am -3.30pm) delights have included the Sweet potato & Carrot Fritter (peas, feta, poached egg) and the Avocado on Sourdough Toast (seeds, dukkha, rocket, grilled lemon).




 

 

For those further afield:

 

 

Duck & Waffle - 40th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, Heron Tower, London.

 

The highest 24/7 restaurant in London. Duck & Waffle boasts breathtaking views of the city and a critically-acclaimed dining experience, serving a variety of traditional British cuisine with a playful twist and European influences. Although one of this restaurant's unique selling points is that it provides gourmet dining from “sunrise to sunset and every hour in between”, brunch is specifically served from 9am till 4pm on Saturdays & Sundays.

 

Favourites: Ox Cheek Benedict (hen's eggs, waffle, hollandaise, Siriacha) - House Breakfast (Lincolnshire sausage, two eggs - any style, dry cured bacon, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash brown, Scottish black pudding, cheddar & buttermilk scone) –Duck & Waffle (crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup).

 

 

The Breakfast Club - London (Angel, Battersea Rise, Canary Wharf, Croydon, Hackney Wick, Hoxton, London bridge, Soho, Spitafields) Brighton, 16-17 Market Street.

Vibrant, fun, with a 'homely' atmosphere (expect a bright 'mug' of tea), this British/American restaurant/diner offers hearty breakfast and brunch dishes served by friendly staff. If you enjoy a casual but lively ambience, this is the brunch spot for you (just don't be shocked if you have to queue!).

 

Favourites: The All-American (pancakes, eggs, sausage, home-style potatoes, streaky bacon &maple syrup) - Artichoke & Sun Blush Tomato (parmesan spinach, caramelised crushed potatoes, poached egg, hot pepper sauce) - Salt Beef Reuben (salt beef on sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, mustard, pickle, sourdough bread).

 


 

Beany Green - London (Broadgate Circle, Euston, Sheldon Square, Seymour Street, Belvedere Road)

For those who like to embrace a healthier breakfast/brunch, then Beany Green is ideal (think quinoa porridge and a a lot of greek yogurt). With a range of colourful venues across London, their brunch menu consists of a delightful variety of hot and cold breakfast staples, with a modern twist. However, a few of their venues offer a 'Bottomless Aussie Brunch', which sounds nothing short of INCREDIBLE. For £35 per person, every customer can have one hot item, one cold item, THEN, bottomless Prosecco, bottomless Mimosas and bottomless Bloody Marys. That's what I call a Sunday funday.

 



 

A Champagne Shortage? Say it isn't so...

Emily Hadfield - Thursday, September 29, 2016

DON”T PANIC! But there might be a global Champagne shortage coming our way.

 

 

A destructive combination of poor weather, rot and mildew has meant that the latest crop yield has been atrocious. In fact, 2016 has seen the lowest yield since the 1980s. But never fear, this does not mean you have to start cancelling your brunch dates or fill the towel cupboard with Veuve Clicquot. According to the experts, although we will see a slight rise in price, current Champagne reserves stand at a relatively high level, meaning there is enough Champagne available to cover at least one more bad year. Hallelujah.

 

Nevertheless, just in case the weather gods don't feel like being so kind (although I fully encourage anti-rain dances or any other weather related rituals which may help resolve this potential crisis), here is a list of our favourite bubbly alternatives:

 

UK Sparkling Wines

In recent years English bubbly has managed to earn quite a respectable reputation for itself, winning international wine awards, and gaining vast recommendations from respected wine critics. Many even believe that, dare I say it, sparkling wine from the U.K is even better than Champagne. This home-grown variation is clearly more than a phase, with demand on the increase and vineyards springing up throughout the southern counties. Our preferred wines include:

 

Mayfield, Essence, East Sussex, Brut 2011

This award winning sparkling wine from Sussex Vineyards in Mayfield, East Sussex is 100% Chardonnay, with a bit of cellar age to bring out the enticing, biscuity flavours and ensure a long finish. Tiny production of this tipple means that you’d better hurry and secure yours before it's all gone!

 

 

Prosecco

Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy around the city of Treviso, close to the north of Venice. Made with Prosecco grapes (also known as Glera grapes), Prosecco is Champagne's cheaper Italian cousin as it’s produced using a more affordable method called the ‘Tank Method’ compared to 'Méthode Champenoise”. However, there is no surprise that Prosecco is the Champagne alternative of choice, as the market offers a range of deliciously creamy and fruity sparkling wines with a slightly more forgiving price tag.

 

Bepin de Eto Flavè Rosato

A stunning bottle with equally distinctive flavours. Tastes of fragrant white peach and apricot are the first to emerge, followed by melon, lychee, and pink grapefruit, ending on a fine note of ripe pineapple. The palate is refined and subtle, yet rich and multi-layered, offering a crisp acidity, and a simple, balanced finish.

 

 

Prosecco Superiore DOCG Selezione Raphael Dal Bo

This elegant bottle of Prosecco boasts a noble bouquet with refreshingly light, pleasantly dry and fruity tastes.

 

 

Cava

Cava is the sparkling wine of Spain. It is mainly made with traditional, indigenous Spanish grapes, and produced using the Champagne Method. However, only producers in the Champagne region may use the term “Méthode Champenoise”, so in Spain it is known as the “Método Tradicional” or Traditional Method. However, unlike Champagne, Cava can come from a few limited, official areas in Spain, not just one area. Although Cava has suffered a certain identity crisis in the U.K, we shouldn't be deceived. There are bottles on the market which would be a welcome alternative at many celebrations.


Gramona Brut Nature Reserva 2009

Well known amongst Cava lovers, this beverage offers flavours of roasted nuts, sweet nutmeg and ginger. Boasting a complex, long, saline finish, Gramona is a sparkling of wine of generous maturity and depth.



 

Crémant

“Crémant” wines commonly refer to sparkling wines made in France, outside the Champagne region. Meaning “creamy” in French, Crémant sparkling wines got their name from the fact that the wines used to contain lower CO2 levels, giving them a creamier texture. Crémant is known to be light and easy to drink, making it a delectable apéritif.

  

Astelia Crémant de Limoux
This lively drink with notes of lemon and pastry from southwest France is named after owner Jean-Claude Mas’ daughter, Astelia. It is made from up to 90 per cent Chardonnay, combined with Chenin Blanc with Pinot Noir to form a balanced and fun beverage.





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