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The Wilsons Hog Roast

Last weekend we hosted our first Hog Roast!  It is our latest venture to cater for events and large groups.    It went down very well and we were scraping the last remnants of pork off the bones (after serving 130 portions).  The pork was absolutely delicious!  The roast was switched on at 5am, and it cooked slowly all day, which resulted in a perfect round of crackling, melt in your mouth slices of pork, served in a large white roll, topped with a spoon of stuffing and a big dollop of apple sauce.   Perfect with a pint of local Ale.

Hog roasts have been cooked for centuries and are performed around the world as celebratory events and traditional occasions.

A Spit/Rotisserie is a method of cooking slowly, over hot coals or a flame over a long period of time.  The meat is skewered on a long solid rod and is supported at each end.  This is then turned slowly, to ensure an even cooking.  In the medieval times, this was done manually, usually a boy, known as a “spit boy” or “spit jack”.  Methods of turning the animal on the spit have improved over the years.  Dog treadmills, steam power and mechanical clockwork are some of the methods that have been used.  Ours is very modern and uses Gas!

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The Wilsons News

We have had a fantastic, busy weekend with the Pub and Deli.  All the new stock has arrived and we have been busy pricing, stocking and organising it all so finally we get to open the doors of the Torver Deli!

We have also been looking after a large group of men, staying up at Tranneth, making sure that they were all well fed and watered throughout their weekend.  Kirsty and Kieran put out a splendid Buffet for them with food ranging from Beef Curry to local Smoked Cold Meats and Cheeses, Breads and a home made giant Pork Pie.

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So now we look forward to what the week ahead holds for us and to welcoming everyone to the Torver Deli, and invite you to come and enjoy the new patio area outside the pub with our very own and unique Wishing Well (Created using the original well dating from around 1838!)

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”Amazing place”’

Only stopped for a drink and was amazed by how nice it was! Really cute and the staff are so friendly, we were served by a girl called Kelly, she was extremely friendly and made the best hot chocolate ever! The out door heaters outside are lovely. There is a Wii for the kids to play on, free WiFi computers, games and a place to charge up your phone, all for free! I would advise anyone to go! Amazing!

”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.

”Food is incredible and dog loved it!”

Brilliant food – the burgers especially were absolutely amazing. Portions were so big we didn’t eat the next day! The dog was made to feel welcome too. Price was fantastic. Would love to come back again!

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.

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”Our return to The Wilson Arms.”

We had a delightful two night stay at The Wilson Arms in Torver, near Coniston at the end of October. We had previously stayed there about 20 years ago and were very pleased to see that Fran, the manager was still there and the warm and friendly welcome hadn’t changed a bit.

What had changed were the bedrooms!  Wow!  We stayed in room 4, known as the ‘blue room’ due to the blue LED night lights in the ceiling which gave the room a very relaxed feel. Everything in the room was brand new and the enormous bed was super comfy. There was a large wall-mounted flat screen TV and a DAB clock radio. The en-suite though small was also totally refitted with a lovely full sized glass shower cubicle and the towels were toasty on the vertical heated towel rail. Nice toiletries were also provided.

The food was amazing and we did compliment the chef on more than one occasion. On the first night we had fish and chips to die for and succulent ribs and home made chips. We were spoiled for choice with the desserts but opted for the sticky toffee pudding which was super. The full English breakfast has a well deserved reputation but we chose to have the continental which consisted of a good choice of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and lovely local bread and pastries.

The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. A special thank you to Andrew who drove down the M6 to meet us to return a bag we had left behind.

If you are visiting this area of the Lakes we really would recommend you visit The Wilson Arms to sample the wonderful hospitality there. We hope it won’t be too long before we visit again.

”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.