In the News....

In the News....


As Oscar Wilde reminded us, there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. Most of our guests do their talking these days on social media, and we are more than happy that they are talking about us, and being very kind indeed. Occasionally, though, it’s good to be noticed by the traditional media, the journalists who are often experts in their field and whose judgement is based on broad experience. And suddenly we find ourselves in the limelight in several different publications, all at the same time.

First there was Cumbria Life columnist Steven Doherty, a chef and restaurant consultant, reflecting on the autumn season of food awards. “There have been more wonderful achievements in Cumbria this year,” he wrote. “Cedar Manor in Windermere won one of the industry’s top accolades, the AA’s Red Star Inspectors’ Choice, and Forest Side in Grasmere achieved its fourth AA rosette, which means they are doing something truly special.” Thank you, Steven, and indeed, the dining-out business in Cumbria these days means that we have some really illustrious neighbours.

Next came Mike Glover, writing in Lancashire Life about the army of smaller businesses in the Lakes “flourishing by supplying services to the booming tourism industry. Like all the best armies, they support each other.” How marvellous, and how appropriate, that he should come here to look at two of our greatest “supporters”, designer Alison Tordoff who has made all our rooms look so special, and cabinet maker Andy Smith who has actually custom-built the furniture for those rooms, at his workshop just a mile away. Mike says that the Cedar Manor is “the perfect combination for a couple who crave total escape from the pressures of the 21st century, without surrendering any of its most indulgent luxuries and comforts.” The man sure has a way with words!

Completing our recent trio of media appearances was a review by Anthea Gerrie on the global website TripReporter, a site written exclusively by award-winning professional travel writers. Anthea stayed here on her way to Kentucky to do some whisky-tasting, but fell for the Lakeland gin in our bar, and also fell in love with our food. She wrote: “A chilled horseradish and cucumber gazpacho with a dollop of super-fresh crab salad was one of the best dishes this reviewer has tasted anywhere in the world this year. Locally-caught gilthead bream with Morecambe Bay shrimp and divine home-made apple doughnuts with cider ice-cream and caramel completed an outstanding feast.” So how about that, Oscar Wilde? Fancy popping over for dinner?

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