C-Art Cumbria Artists Open Studios

18 September 2014 . Events . No Comments

The popular C-Art festival has returned for 2014, with exhibitions and workshops in painting, sculpture, glassware and much more taking place all over the county of Cumbria. Here in Keswick that means that not only do most of the local galleries and craft shops, such as Viridian and Cherrydidi, have special exhibitions, but several local…

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Grassmoor Gingerbread

12 August 2014 . Recipes . No Comments

Let me just start off by saying that this recipe is nothing like the famous Sarah Nelson Grasmere Gingerbread, but is rather delicious all the same. It’s an old recipe that I’ve tweaked a little but it’s still in old money so apologies if you need to do a few sums to work out the…

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Lunch at the Royal Oak, Keswick

16 July 2014 . News . No Comments

Of the many pubs to choose from in Keswick, one of the most popular for many a year has been the Inn at Keswick, previously the Keswick Lodge. It came as something of a surprise, then, when the pub suddenly closed in May for a major refit. The builders moved in, and after only 2…

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Dracula at the Theatre by the Lake

09 June 2014 . Events . No Comments

Many people are attracted to Keswick each year by the Theatre on the Lake, which maintains a full programme of performances pretty much throughout the year. And unlike many other theatres, the Theatre by the Lake tends to run at least 2 or 3 different shows concurrently, so there is real choice of what to…

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Dining at Magnolia Cafe Bar, Keswick

08 May 2014 . News . No Comments

Being a guest house owner in Keswick has certain benefits. One is that in the off-season, we tend to get invited by other local businesses to sample their offerings, in the hope that we will recommend them to our guests. And so, earlier this year we were invited for an evening at Magnolia Café Bar…

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Lunch at The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite

10 April 2014 . News . No Comments

An old staging post and coaching inn, the Pheasant has stood in this quiet corner of the Lake District, just a stone’s throw from the head of Bassenthwaite Lake, for over 200 years. And today’s Pheasant would look very familiar to a traveller from the reign of George III – a long, rambling L-shaped building…

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Lemon and Lime Battenberg Cake

08 April 2014 . Recipes . No Comments

As promised, here is the recipe I used to make the oh-so-yummy lemon and lime Battenberg cake as seen on Twitter and Facebook! It’s a slight twist on the original which I know is a firm favourite of many of you. This recipe is gluten free and the cake I made was actually dairy free…

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A Few of My Favourites

20 March 2014 . Recipes . No Comments

As this was our first winter in the guest house business, I was concerned about the town and the guest house being quiet, but soon realised that this could be to our advantage. Whilst Richard was busy redecorating the four guest bedrooms, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to do some experimentation in the…

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Climbing Blencathra

11 March 2014 . News . No Comments

As the weather forecast promised another beautiful sunny day in the Lake District, we thought we should take the opportunity to get out onto the fells. Living in Keswick gives us the advantage of having plenty of great walks on our doorstep without having to resort to the car, but the question is always where…

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Keswick Mountain Festival May 14-17

01 March 2014 . Events . No Comments

The Keswick Mountain Festival is back again this May, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The 2014 festival will be centred around the Festival Village and Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Derwentwater, and will offer a mixture of sporting events and challenges, family fun, live music and much…

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