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  • Perfecting the work-life balancing act…

    Two years after receiving planning permission to make the changes to Elm House and we are finally getting back to some family life and a bit of normality.  It’s been a long slog but very much worth the actual blood, sweat and tears that went into changing Elm House into 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms.  It’s […]

  • Winter Droving

    Sat 28 October Join the Herd! – a day of fire, animation, music and merriment …including a traditional Cumbrian market featuring local food and drink, and high quality arts and crafts. There are rural games such as tug of war and hay bale racing to win the Drovers Cup (currently held by AST Signs) as […]


    HOW ULLSWATER WAS SAVED:  COMMEMORATING LORD BIRKETT AND THE ULLSWATER PRESERVATION SOCIETY.   On Tuesday 29 August, a memorial is to be unveiled to celebrate the Ullswater Preservation society and Norman Lord Birkett QC who, in 1962, saved Ullswater from becoming a reservoir. The memorial is the seventh addition to the Ullswater Heritage Trail – […]

  • The humble rowan and the Glorious Twelfth

    As the end of August approaches, the bountiful summer season starts draws to a close with the last deliveries of Alan’s strawberries and blackcurrants. Without wishing the fine weather away, I can’t help but start to turn my mind to dishes with a slightly more autumnal feel. At this time of year, the hedgerows are starting […]

  • ‘Tis the Season for Foraging.

    As the celebrated Wye Valley asparagus season comes to an end, our sumptuous, local strawberries are soaking up the Lake District sun while the yellow courgettes are bursting into bloom. We’re lucky enough to be supplied in the growing season by local green-fingered couple, Jean and Alan.  They supply us with some of the tastiest […]


    A recent addition to the Ullswater Valley food scene is celebrating an astonishing first year of business. 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms in Pooley Bridge opened its doors to guests in May 2016 with a flourish of Victorian-inspired chic and a keen young Head Chef eager to make waves on the Cumbrian food scene. For over […]

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