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A restaurant on the shores of Windermere will be launching a special all-star menu in June to raise money for a charity that helps keep the Lake District and other parts of Cumbria looking beautiful.
During its Celebrity Food Week, June 14-20 the Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside will offer visitors the chance to sample a choice of delicious dishes chosen by celebrities.
Among the dishes is previous Dancing on Ice and Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett’s favourite dessert, a Melt in the middle chocolate pudding, and Radio Two presenter Stuart Maconie’s perfect main course, which he calls a Cumbrian Lancashire hotpot. There’s a healthy spring pasta recipe from GMTV’s Dr Hillary Jones and an indulgent sticky toffee pudding from TV’s Hairy Biker Dave Myers.
£5.00 from each 3-course menu sold will go to Nurture Lakeland (previously known as the Tourism and Conservation Partnership) which encourages fundraising for landscape conservation and the development of environmentally sustainable practices within the tourism industry.
Further money will also be raised by the sale of a booklet featuring all of the celebrity dishes as well as recipes from English Lakes Hotels’ top chefs.
Mark Needham, the manager at the Waterhead Hotel, says: “For the whole week our main restaurant menu will feature the celebrity dishes alongside some of our most popular dishes. We’ll use seasonal and local ingredients made by some of the region’s best local producers for as many things as possible. It’s a great chance for guests to try something new and to get a taste of celebrity life!”
DJ and TV presenter Stuart Maconie explains his choice for the menu: “This is a traditional New Year’s Eve treat (to soak up the alcohol) in my home town of Wigan and now that my New Year’s Eves are spent in Cumbria, it’s my signature dish for the houseful I have on New Year’s Eve.
“I use lamb reared on the Cumbrian Fells and bought from my local butcher at Stainton Farm Shop. There's bags of onions, carrot and a thick stock in which it cooks most of the afternoon and thin sliced potatoes nicely browned on top. It’s best served with crusty bread, red cabbage and a robust red!”
Carlisle-born actress Roxanne Pallett offers up a tempting three-course menu featuring Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Spears served on a parmesan and rocket salad and Basil and Goats Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast served on a bed of Savoy cabbage with garlic and rosemary roast potatoes and a cherry tomato chutney. To round off she suggests a Melt in the Middle Chocolate Pudding.
From fellow Cumbrian and Hairy Biker, Dave Myers, come two delicious desserts, a Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Summer Parfait.
There’s a fresh Seafood Tagliatelle from GMTV’s Dr Hilary Jones. TV presenter Floella Benjamin’s Duck Breast on a bed of sweet potato mash with creme fraiche served with mango compote is also expected to be a popular choice.
Eric Robson, the chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and the Chairman of Cumbria Tourism, has chosen a Smoked Fish Pate.
He says: “It was my grandmother who taught me how to cook. I was 4 when she started on the project and that being in 1950, many of the early memorable recipes had a hint of wartime austerity and make do and mend about them. But for all that they’re still very tasty.
“The Celebrity Food Week is a great idea to raise extra much needed funding for Nuture Lakeland. I hope that as many people as possible will go and try some of the dishes suggested by myself and others and so help contribute to conservation of the most beautiful corner of England.”
ITV Border reporter Timothy Backshall serves up Scallops and Bacon on a bed of spinach with a balsamic dressing as a starter and a Bombe for dessert.
Irish athlete Sonia O’ Sullivan suggests Pear, Spinach and Lightly Warmed Blue Cheese on toasted bread to start.
The Bay Restaurant at The Waterhead Hotel offers a bright and contemporary dining space in which to enjoy a menu packed with local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant has a reputation for using the highest quality seasonal produce, locally sourced wherever possible.
For more information on the Waterhead and its restaurant menu please go to www.elh.co.uk/waterhead. Further details about the Celebrity Food Week will be available on the website shortly.
For more information on Nurture Lakeland visit www.ourstolookafter.co.uk