Ullswater Droving

Fri 25 October 2019

Fire, Music, Masks and Mayhem in Pooley Bridge!

The two day festival encourages visitors to dress up and ‘join the herd’ by donning a mask, dressing up as a farmer and enjoying the entertainment.

The Ullswater Droving marks the beginning of the two days of droving celebrations and will take place on Friday 25th October with a special torchlight procession through Pooley Bridge led this year by The Baghdaddies.

On Sat 26th October Penrith is transformed with its busiest market of the year, bustling streets, roaming street performances around every corner, and top quality local, regional and national musical acts across 5 stages. This all leads up to the highlight of the day – a magical fire and lantern procession throughout the town, where thousands of people line the streets to watch the spectacle, finishing with a headline act on the main stage.

Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. Now in its 8th year, the event has grown exponentially with audiences making the journey from all corners of the UK.

ULLSWATER RESTAURANT IN THE RUNNING ‘BEST RESTAURANT’ AWARD

Today, Thursday 21 February 2019, Ullswater’s award-winning restaurant with rooms, 1863 in Pooley Bridge has been announced as a finalist for ‘Best Restaurant’ in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

 The two AA rosette restaurant has been making waves on the Cumbrian food scene since it opened in Summer 2016. 1863 offers innovative food prepared with skill and love by a dedicated kitchen team, served by knowledgeable and professional staff in a relaxed environment.

Carefully-structured menus allow guests to savour all three courses yet not feel ‘stuffed’ by the end. Ingredients are often foraged, largely local and always changing meaning that customers regularly return (some as often as once a week!)  to try the latest new dish.

In the kitchen, Head Chef, Phil Corrie leads a young, talented and ambitious team comprising four chefs with a combined mean age of 24.5 years! Between them they’ve worked with over 30 local, regional and national suppliers to create hundreds of dishes – there is always something new in development in the 1863 kitchen.

And the team’s dedication and commitment has not gone unnoticed; in addition to two hard-earned AA rosettes, the venue also won the ‘Readers’ Award in 2017’s Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards and were also finalists in both the ‘Boutique Accommodation’ and the ‘Taste’ Cumbria Tourism Awards.

Owner Mark Vause commented:
Being named a finalist for any award is always an honour. We’re particularly in awe of this ‘Best Restaurant’ achievement as we really are up against some major players with incredible reputations. Whatever happens on the big night, we’re just delighted to be part of it!”

The finalists are L’Enclume, Rogan & Co, Craig’s Kitchen and 1863 – between them, they share 12 AA Rosettes and no less than three Michelin stars! Team 1863 must now wait until 21 March and the awards ceremony at Kendal College to find out if they’ve beaten off this incredibly stiff competition to win the ‘Best Restaurant’ title. For more information on their A la Carte or Tasting Menus and to book, please visit www.1863ullswater.co.uk

1863 GETS AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT – TWO AA ROSETTES!

An Ullswater-based restaurant with rooms, 1863, is celebrating Christmas early as news emerged last week that the young and dynamic team have secured a second AA Rosette along with a Breakfast Award in a recent AA inspection!

These two accolades round off an impressive 12 months: in late 2017, the team received four gold AA stars for their accommodation along with their first AA rosette for food. Back in March 2018, they were finalists in both the ‘Taste’ and ‘Guest Accommodation’ categories in the coveted Cumbria Tourism Awards while they won the ‘Readers’ Award’ in the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

 

From a food perspective, this second rosette puts 1863 into the top 10% of restaurants in the country. The AA Rosette scheme has long been established and successfully recognises cooking at different levels nationwide. The success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on a single (sometimes multiple) visit to a hotel or restaurant. Essentially it’s a snapshot, whereby the entire meal is assessed.

 

1863, Pooley Bridge

Recognising what a special combination of skill and dedication they have in their team, owners Anne and Mark Vause have also taken the decision to broaden the remit of ambitious, young head chef, Phil Corrie by appointing him General Manager.

On the move, Mark commented:

We are a 20 strong team which means that while we might be larger than people initially think, we are still agile enough to take good business decisions at a pace. Phil is an exciting young chef and a joy to work with. He knows the team inside out and we feel is best placed to manage the day to day direction of both the team and the food as we keep pushing forward.”

 

However, that does not mean that Mark and Anne will be taking a back seat. They are still very present in all things 1863. When they’re not working the floor with the rest of the Front of House team, you’ll find them serving drinks from the bar to the many loyal customers the business has secured over the last two years.

 

 

On news of the award, Head Chef and now General Manager Phil commented:

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or ten at the news that we’d been awarded a second AA rosette. I’m so proud of what we’re doing here and industry recognition in the form of awards is really very gratifying. The team are all working so hard and pulling together and I think customers see that and appreciate it.”

 

When asked what 2019 holds, Phil is unusually reserved. The young chef and graduate of Kendal College will undoubtedly always be striving for better, however, right now he claims the focus is on Christmas and ensuring that each and every dish that goes out deserves its AA rosettes.

 

With a choice of two Christmas menus – A La Carte or Tasting – featuring festive-inspired flavours (but no turkey this year – they’ve gone for goose!), the restaurant opens at 6pm daily. Booking is strongly advised for bookings in December. To book, call 017684 86334 or book online. Gift vouchers are available online hereor by calling direct on 017684 86334.  For further information and the Christmas A La Carte and Tasting menus, visit www.1863ullswater.co.uk.

 

ULLSWATER DROVING EVENT ANTICIPATING – WELL – DROVES OF VISITORS!

The news last week that Ullswater Droving is back for a second year was met with delight from residents and visitors to the Ullswater valley alike. Set to take place on Friday 26 October, the weekend nearest the old festival of Samhain, which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year –musicians, street performers, a giant wolf lantern and locals wearing masks and carrying flaming torches join the herd at the Ullswater Droving for a unique Halloween celebration steeped in tradition.

 

As the great day fast approaches, local businesses both large and small are keen to support this event and hope to see it become part of the annual calendar. With the scheduled closure of the temporary bridge in Autumn 2019, comes a stark reminder of the dark days and months that followed in the wake of Storm Desmond when the valley was literally cleaved in two as Pooley Bridge fell.

 

Keen to show the valley is now (and will remain!) open for business, no less than ten local businesses have sponsored the event organised by Eden Arts helping to boost funding from both Eden District Council, Barton Parish Council and the Lake District National Park. 1863 Bar Bistro RoomsAnother PlaceChestnut HouseGranny Dowbekin’sHillcroft ParkThe CrownThe Sun Inn Ullswater Steamers and Waterside House Campsitehave joined forces and literally put their money where their mouths are to help make this event happen. Some of them will also be offering further support in the form of food and drink ‘pop-ups’ on the Melodrome Stage field.

 

Mark Vause, owner of 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms and Ullswater Droving sponsor commented:

“We’re all so pleased that 2018 will see another Ullswater Droving. We’re very grateful to all our funders and sponsors – Eden Arts and Eden District Council in particular – for this fantastic opportunity. We very much hope that this will be the first in a series of events we are planning to stage over the next 18 months that will help raise the profile of Pooley Bridge as ‘open for business’ in the lead up to and during the bridge closure in 2019/20.”

 

5.10pm: Mr Wilson’s Second Liners (think New Orleans meets 90s club classics) depart from Aira Force Jettyon Ullswater Steamers – why not join them on them on the boat?

5.30pm:  Visitors gather at the steamer jetty to take up their flaming torches (please sign up in advance) and welcome the musicians

6.00pm:  Steamer arrives. Mr Wilson’s Second Liners lead the torch light procession through Pooley Bridge to the field behind the Sun Inn. This year the band will be accompanied by The Wolf animal lantern which was sponsored by Ullswater Steamers in 2017.

6.30pm:  Procession arrives at field behind Sun Inn for the lighting of the bonfire.

Hot Dogs, burgers and mulled wine courtesy of The Sun Inn, popular award-winning bistro 1863 will be offering tastings, soup and prosecco or if it’s gin you’re after, Chestnut House will be on hand to help. Further afield both Granny Dowbekin’s and Tree Tops will be open late.

6.40pm: Mr Wilson’s Second Liners take to the stage

7.40pm: Dopesickfly continue the music on the Melodrome Stage

8.45pm: The party continues around the village’s pubs, restaurants and cafes

 

Can you help? 

In order to make this event a success – we need you!

Wood for the bonfire– we need plenty of wood for our huge bonfire – if you can help, please drop it down into the field behind The Sun by 8pm, Wednesday 24 October

Building the Bonfire – all hands on deck to build the bonfire at 3pm on Thursday 25 October – just email heather@edenarts.co.uk and turn up ready for the

elements!

Carry a Torch – join the procession as a flaming torch-bearer. You must be over 16 – please register online by visiting www.winterdroving.uk

 

3 Course Dinner

Book Table

Our Restaurant reopens on Thursday 23 July 2020
Our fixed price 3-course dinner menu is served daily and changes frequently. Select, small and seasonal, rarely are two weeks the same and Chef Phil and his team work hard to source and forage for local produce to surprise and delight your gastronomic senses.  Dietary requirements or allergies? With 48 hours notice, we’ll do our utmost to provide the very best 1863 experience possible.

1863 Restaurant: Sample Menu 2020

3 courses for £45

Starters

  • Beetroot Ragstone, Linseed V (GF)
  • Ham Hock Peas Pudding, Caper Jam, Quail Egg
  • Smoked Haddock Bacon Chowder, Leek Oil
  • Venison Pie Mushroom Ketchup

Main Courses

  • Lamb Loin Crispy Breast, Celeriac, Gremolata
  • Roe Deer Piccolo Parsnip, Hen of the Woods, Truffle (GF)
  • Corn Fed Chicken Chicken Skin Granola, Carrot
  • Stone Bass Ratte Potato, Warm Tartare Sauce (GF)
  • Carrot Goats’ Curd, Prune (V)

Desserts

  • Pear Parfait, Caramel
  • Our Sticky Toffee Medjool Date, Honeycomb
  • Michel Cluizel Chocolate 63% Mousse, Damson
  • Yorkshire Rhubarb Gingerbread, Custard Ice Cream

Cheese

  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney (GFA) 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12 / £15.50 20yr Tawny Port 50ml £8.00

Opening hours:

1863 Restaurant is open Thursday – Monday

1.30pm – 3.30pm (Fri – Sun): Join us for ‘1863 by Day’
6pm (Thu – Mon): The Restaurant opens for dinner
11pm: Carriages

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

Good to know:

  • Our children’s menu is available until 6.30pm.
  • From 8.30pm we kindly request that only children 10+ are in the restaurant.
  • Please note the maximum group size we are able to accommodate is 6.
  • If you would like to bring a party larger than 6, please get in touch to discuss your requirements. Please note groups of 6+ are subject to deposits and pre-orders.
  • Have a look at our wine list here.
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.

 

Tasting Menu

Book Table

Inspired by our regularly changing 3-course dinner menu, why not try our Tasting Menu available every evening for a maximum of just eight people?  Dietary requirements or allergies? With 48 hours notice, we’ll do our utmost to provide the very best 1863 experience possible.

Book early for this very special treat…

1863 Restaurant: Sample Tasting Menu 2019

 

6 Courses for £65 per person

  • Beetroot Ragstones, Seeded Cracker
  • Lamb Tartare Smoked Yoghurt, Mint, Focaccia
  • Cod Cauliflower, Bacon, Parsley
  • Duck Leg Pastilla, Celeriac
  • Damson Raspberry, Meringue
  • Apple Sponge, Custard Ice-Cream

From our Cellar...

  • Wine Flight Try our Signature wine flight £50

To finish...

  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12 / £15.50
  • Coffee & Petit Fours £5

Opening hours:

1863 Restaurant is open Thursday – Monday inclusive

1.30pm – 3.30pm (Fri – Sun): Join us for ‘1863 by Day’
6pm (Thu – Mon): The Restaurant opens for dinner
11pm: Carriages

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

Good to know:

  • The Tasting Menu is available to just 10 customers per night.
  • Please note this menu must be taken by the whole table.
  • You must request the Tasting Menu at the time of booking. We cannot guarantee availability if not booked in advance.
  • Dietary requirements or allergies? With 48 hours notice, we’ll do our utmost to provide the very best 1863 experience possible.
  • If booking with less than 24hrs notice please call to check availability 017684 86334.
  • The table is yours for the night however, please allow 3 hours for this dining experience.
  • Have a look at our latest wine list here
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.