The Wilsons Saddlebacks

The Wilsons has been busy gearing up for the Summer holidays!   We have a lot of new benches and umbrellas (for those hot summer days to come) and the back field has been mowed, the Lamb pens are built and we have also built a couple of Pig Arks, for Annie and her piglets.

Annie is a Saddleback pig.  The saddlebacks which came about when Lord Western was travelling in Italy and decided that the Neapolitan pigs would be ideal  to improve the breed of Essex pigs.  He crossed the Neapolitan with the Essex Sows to create the Neapolitan-Essex.  Overtime one of his tenants, used the Neapolitan-Essex boars, belonging to Lord Western, and crossed them with his coarse Essex sows and therefore established the Improved Essex.  The Essex pig originally had a black head and neck, as well as a clearly defined belt of white  over the shoulders and continuing over the forelegs. The rest of the body was black with the tip of the tail and feet being white.

The Essex pig was then crossed with the Wessex (a cross between two indigenous old English bacon pigs which was black all over, with a continuous belt of white hair over the forelegs and shoulder),    to  “make a feature of the chief colouration marking?…”.  So the respective breed societies amalgamated in 1918, in 1967 the British Saddleback breed was established.

British Saddlebacks are hardy breed and are noted for their mothering ability. The breed is known for its grazing ability and has secured a place in organic production.

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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

 

 

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.

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”Excellent find!”

Our party stayed in little arrow for a new year break just down the road.Nice 15 min walk to this pub and we were not disappointed  Food was excellent and could not fault it. We had a lunch time meal and a Sunday dinner and both meals were superb, Kathy and the staff could not of been more helpful  We hope to return one day and maybe stay in the cottage. Will be spreading the word about this lovely pub.

”The best of local produce with a smile”

A super experience which added value to our lil holiday in Grasmere. Only a short journey to this friendly and uniquely decorated pub down the road. We would highly recommend visiting this area of coniston to experience the selection of beverages and fine dining on offer. The fillet steak was perfectly cooked and chef’s choice of meat pie just beautiful and very filling. Service second to none. They cater for large parties also. Get yourselves there!!

”2 men, 2 women & a dog!”

After a soggy wet day on the fells we came here for an evening bar meal. Immediately we were impressed with the welcoming & cozy ambiance & settled down near the blazing log fire.
We had been a bit apprehensive about bringing the dog out in the evening, but she was made as welcome as any other 2 footed customer.
We enjoyed some great local beers & a lovely meal made from local produce.
We all chose the burgers which were absolutely amazing-excellent quality, well presented & colossal in size.
Seeing other food coming out of the kitchen, on another of our visits to the lakes we will come back here again & try some of the other lovely looking food.

”Lakeland gem!”

Superb food, beers and wine. Hardworking staff on the ball. A real cosy pub atmosphere in a great location for any outdoor pursuits . Has charm and character that larger places lack. Nice to see the wine list sensibly priced unlike most establishments. We will return!

”Fabulous food, friendly staff and great beer”

On a wet and miserable night 6th December whilst staying nearby we visited the Wilson Arms for a meal ., we were greeted by a friendly and helpful member of staff and I enjoyed a pint of locally brewed beer whilst deciding what to eat.

The menu was extensive with some excellent options to meet all tastes. I opted for the home made pie which really was homemade and very scrummy, served with fresh veg. My partner chose the steak and veg which was enormous and a fine cut of beef.

The real fire and comfy relaxed seating added to the ambiance.

Overall a fabulous meal and much much better than standard pub grub.