The Wilsons At Christmas

Well, it’s that time of year again – already!!  We are well underway with Christmas preparations and festivities. We have our fabulous, extra large Tree up, beautiful handmade decorations in the bar and Deli (all available for sale), a mouth watering Christmas Party Menu and the Torver Deli has a range of treats and gifts for everyone! From Homemade Mince Pies and Mulled Cider to Hampers, Gift Vouchers, Cakes and Cookies!  Make sure you drop into see us.bread

We also have a variety of things going on with Carol Singing on Wednesday 18th and Quiz Nights starting on Sunday 15th December.  Andrew will also be opening the Bar on Christmas Day for a few Hours.photo (6)

We would like to take this opportunity to Thank you all for your custom and loyalty throughout the year, and we hope to see you over the coming weeks and welcome you back in 2014!

Have a Merry Christmas and all the very best wishes for the New Year.

IMG_1025

 

 

 

News and Reviews of The Wilsons

We are looking forward to a busy weekend ahead of us with the Coniston 14 (a local run organised by a small committee from the Village).  The Coniston 14 Road Race was established in 1982 and is organised each year by a small, enthusiastic committee supported by approx 100 local volunteers on the day.  Over £20,000 is raised each year and donated to several charities in the area.  Lets hope the snow keeps away for the Runners.  We wish them all the best and Good Luck!

We have also had some fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor lately, so we thought  we would put them here to share with all our readers.  Well done to the Team who work so hard and make all our guests and visitors so welcome with good food.
Reviewed 17 March 2013 NEW

Just spent 2 nights there , it was better than we expected, good log fire to sit up to, the best of staff, excellent home grown food & good menu, very clean all round & modern bedrooms fully heated, the owner, Fran could not have been more helpful, we will go there again in the near future.

“Bargain Break !!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 13 March 2013
Stayed at the Wilsons Arms for a two night mid-week break, 11/12 March 2013. All staff were very friendly from our arrival right through to our departure, and nothing was too much trouble (even our dog was made to feel welcome). Recently refurbished room was very clean and modern. The 3 course meal that came with the deal on the first night was extremely good, with really generous portions (so generous, that neither of us managed a pudding, so settled for coffee instead!). Although currently going through a refurbishment, there was no disruption to our visit whatsoever. We are intrigued to see the end result of the red phone box ‘fish tank’, and the glass covered ‘well’ that the builders were working on while we were there (hopefully Fran can get the pictures onto the website when they are finished, so that we can see the end result?).

Please pass on our thanks to the team for making our stay so enjoyable

 

 

A New Locally Crafted Bitter Arrives In The Wilsons Cellar.

As well as our normal range of fantastic, local ales, such as Stringers (from Ulverston Brewery), this week at the Wilsons we are trying a new beer from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery.  The Radical is a 4.2% rich, hoppy and malty Bitter – perfect with our line caught Whole Trout, oven baked and served with new potatoes and salad.

The Radical has arrived in the cellar and has begun its “settling” process, ready to be served on Wednesday. The barrels are left undisturbed for a minimum of 24 hours to let the sediment settle and to allow the perfect, clear pint to be served.

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Co Ltd was established February 2009 by four “local lads”.  A father and son team, who already run a local freehouse in Kirkby Lonsdale, decided to join forces with Roger and Alan, another couple of “local lads”.  All of whom share a passion for “real ale” and a keen interest in establishing a local brewery.  After many months of planning and preparation the brewery was finally installed and is situated at the Old Station Yard, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Coniston Pubs. Radical. Local Bitter.

Radical. Coniston Pubs.

 

An Update

We have, without doubt , had an industrious couple of weeks at the Wilsons.  To begin with, some of our Herdwick Lambs have been sent to Aireys Abattoir and Farm Shop to be prepared.  The meat has been hanging for two weeks and is now in the pub and on the Menu!  (Hanging the meat for a period of time helps to improve and enhance its flavour).  Our Chefs are preparing the Lamb in various ways to compliment all the different cuts.  We are very proud to be serving our own products and having them enjoyed so much.

The work on the Deli is also coming along smoothly and we are very excited to get it finished and open.  The shelves have been built, the pizza oven is fitted, the doors are in place, the floor has been laid, the Butchers block has arrived, the wood burner is on the way and we are finalizing the last minute touches, signs and lists.  The team involved in the building work has done a fantastic job and we are looking forward to seeing the end result.

015 011 006

”The full package, superb!”

We stayed in the adjacent executive cottage for the weekend, 5 meter from door to door, perfect!! Absolutely surpassed all expectations. Facilities perfect, complimentary bottle of wine and the recent modernisations are excellent, 56″ flat screen TV, multi fuel burner with hot plate, ideal for chestnuts or warming the mulled wine and mince pies.

We also ate at the pub which provides excellent food, great choice of local ales, log fire, really friendly staff and for the techno minded (of which I am not included) free Wifi and mobile charging.

A must stop off point in the Lakes.

”My birthday Treat Wasn’t Long Enough.”

Just returned home after a fabulous but to short 2 days here, our first visit to this great hotel, but I hope it wont be the last. In fact it won’t because we are already planning a return visit in early 2013, our room No 6 was beautifully refurbished lately and the en-suite although small, has been superbly fitted out. The food was faultless unless you think big portions are a problem the breakfast menu took me back to another era, you are simply spoilt for chose.The dinner menus may not offer the wide selection you get from some larger establishments, but I could not find fault with my selections on the evenings we ate there, the service and quality of everything was of the highest standard. All the staff from Fran, Steve, Kathy and Andrew all make you so welcome and can not do enough for you. Add to this the Mid week deal my wife got for my birthday and it adds up to one most memorable visit, cant wait for the next one.

”Cracking!”

We were looking for a two night stay somewhere we could bring our dog and enjoy the beautiful walks. We took up the midweek deal on offer at the beginning of November which turned out to be a bargain!

On the first night of the offer we had a three course meal which was absolutely cracking! But to be honest, we completely over indulged on the generous portions for the starter and main course that we had no room to try the puddings, which all looked so yummy!
We had the Lamb Henry and the Fish of the day (Lemon Sole) the second night, and once again the food was fantastic.

The room was so comfy and cosy! I always thought, that if we were bringing our dog, we’d be lumped in a sub-standard room, but on the contrary, this room was spotless and inviting!

The staff were fantastic, very friendly and helpful!

I very much enjoyed sitting on the comfy sofa in front of the open fire with a glass of red wine! Wish I could do that more often!

We treated ourselves to a bottle of champagne on the first night, which I presumed was for my partners birthday! But low and behold, I ended up with a beautiful ring on my finger. And I couldn’t have wished for a nicer place for it to happen.

A visit next year is definitely on the cards, I couldn’t recommend this place enough.

Newly refurbished Room 5 – Torver

Recently newly refurbished to an exceptional standard. Reopened on 8th November 2012.

En Suite Double Room with Shower facilities.

Complimentary bottled water.

Tea & Coffee making facilities.

Fresh Towels and toiletries provided.

Colour Freeview TV.

Radio alarm clock.

Free Wi-Fi.

LED night lights.

Room Rate: £89.00 per night.

.

”Friendly accommodating staff, real fire, delicious food”

We came here for dinner on our first visit to the lakes. We popped in on the way back to our cottage for a drink and once we met the friendly bar manager Andrew and saw the real fire and friendly atmosphere we booked a table for two days later. On return we found a wide selection of real ales and wines. A varied menu with a specials board to suit all tastes and a roaring log fire on a cold winters evening. Whilst we perused the menu we were given a complimentary aperitif of olives and delicious bread. We then went through to the cosy restaurant for a meal which did not disappoint  All In all a lovely, friendly establishment which we would definately recommend.

”Great location for a break”

If you are looking for a nice break at an atmospheric location don’t look any further. Wilson Arms has it all. Good restaurant with honest local food and a cosy pub/bar area with log fire.
Great to come back to after a long walk in the beautiful area