Archive For December 2018

Rosa’s Thai Café – The Vegetarian Cookbook

Rosa’s Thai Café – The Vegetarian Cookbook

Rosa’s was the original name of an empty caff which Saiphin Moore and her husband turned into their first restaurant.  Saiphin is Thai and has been cooking professionally since she was just 14 years old. Thailand was where she learnt family recipes from her mum and aunties. She moved to Hong Kong and met Alex…

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Lancrigg Hotel – stay

Lancrigg Hotel – stay

Oh, deep joy! A hotel that thinks it’s a home. A house with guest rooms. A place to snuggle by the fire. A spot where kids are welcome. It’s called Lancrigg. This charming hotel is a delightful mix of contemporary art, comfy sofas and friendly conviviality. Wendy and her husband have only been the managers…

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Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Yes, it’s trending. Gin is ubiquitous in every bar throughout the nation. It is loved by young sippers who have irrevocably banished the dusty reputation of ‘Mother’s ruin’.  Gin is presented as a key component in every guise of cocktail, from fruity and floral to spicy and exotic. These often-colourful libations may mask a fairly…

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Burlington’s Restaurant – The Beech Hill Hotel

Burlington’s Restaurant – The Beech Hill Hotel

The Beech Hill Hotel is located on the eastern bank of Windermere. Its stunning views over the lake change with the seasons. Autumn is a quieter time and perfect for enjoying the rust and golden hues of the mellowing foliage and heather. This hotel can trace its history back to the 1900s. One can still…

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The ultimate kitchen thermometer

The ultimate kitchen thermometer

Professional Secrets have the ultimate kitchen thermometer and it’s just the perfect time of year when such a thing will be most appreciated. Think of that Christmas Turkey and how good it can be …and how bad it can be. I confess! For years I never felt the need to use a kitchen thermometer. I…

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Figgy’s Christmas Pudding

Figgy’s Christmas Pudding

There can be nothing more iconic at Christmas than the pudding. One might argue that the turkey should have that festive accolade, but let us consider the history of Christmas dinner. Queen Victoria celebrated Christmas with enthusiasm, and her husband Prince Albert introduced German Christmas trees. Charles Dickens was also instrumental in creating the vision…

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The Plough Inn – to stay

The Plough Inn – to stay

The Plough in the hamlet of Lupton was built around 1760 but the welcome to this historic pub is contemporary and artful. There is a horse outside, but this is a rather ghostly plough-horse in metal, giving a nod to its rural location and its stylish interior. The pub has recently undergone extensive renovations to…

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