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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hotel creates Heston Blumenthal style pudding to look like Cumbrian breakfast

It looked like a cooked breakfast, but the festive highlight at one Cumbrian hotel was in fact a delicious pudding.

It was created by the Borrowdale Hotel's head chef Sebastian Gilli and was one of the Christmas highlights for the Lake District Hotels group which reported a good festive season at its six hotels.

The Borrowdale Hotel is already more than half full for Christmas 2013 and its the first time it has had than 50 per cent per cent of its Christmas bookings signed up so quickly.

The festive season at Borrowdale was spiced up with home made liqueurs and extra festive wine tasting sessions when it was raining.

The major talking point was the pudding prepared for Christmas by Head Chef Sebastien Gilli who created a ‘Cumbrian Breakfast Dessert’ – very much in the style of Heston Blumenthal creations.

The unique dessert that looked like egg, beans, black pudding and toast. Chef Gilli said: “The eggs were made with fromage frais and a delicious mango puree, the black pudding effect was created with chocolate brownie and the baked beans were white chocolate beans in a raspberry sauce, served with toasted brioche.”

Kit Graves, Director of Lake District Hotels said “Stephen Wilcock and his Borrowdale team worked hard to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The staff at our other hotels also pulled out all the stops and the feedback has been excellent.”

Lake District Hotels said that compared to Christmas and New Year 2011 it had:

  • sold twice the amount of gift vouchers in December with a cruise and afternoon tea at the Inn on the Lake being the most popular gift idea
  • had 20 per cent more guests having Christmas Day lunch and New Year's Day brunch in our restaurants
  • had at least 30 per cent of our guests who had been before
     

 

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