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.

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Summer at The Wilsons

Well, it is safe to say Summer is here!  The temperatures have been soaring and we have been kept busy with visitors and guests alike.  Andrew has been keeping the bar well stocked to help quench the thirst of our weary travelers,while Kirsty and her team have been cooking up a storm, ensuring everyone gets a good plateful of Wilson’s Food and keeping the Torver Deli stocked up.

With the weather being so kind to us the back field is in more use than ever.  Annie and her piglets have settled down well and are enjoying their new home.  The Pygmy goat and her Kid (named Jack) have arrived to join Annie and the Herdwick Lambs.  The bouncy castle is up and the new tables and benches have been assembled. So we look forward to the start of the summer holidays and welcoming you all here: whether its for a plate of Wilsons food, a cold drink, or a room for the night  we will be ready and happy to see you.010

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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”Birthday treat”

Spent 2 nights at The Wilsons for my husbands birthday. Fantastic time, nicely refurbished room, very good food, yummy breakfasts and the staff are absolutely wonderful, so helpful and friendly, so big thank you to Kathy, Fran and Andrew. They are also very dog-friendly here too, so ideal for couples like us travelling with their dog. A great two days and we will be back in the New Year!!

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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”Choice hotels loss was The Wilsons gain”

It was quite by chance we fell on The Wilsons as Choice Hotels had sent us info for somewhere in the area but we couldn’t get in. In choosing The Wilsons we found the web site informative and straight forward no hidden agendas or costs. It was our first itme away with our dogs and thought we would be in for a rough ride, but at The Wilsons we were all welcome and made to feel right at home.
I even sampled one of the bitters my husband took a shine to and I have to say for the first time since the 80’s I was drinking pints. The decor of room 4 was beautiful the dogs settled in right away. The food was just what we would expect for being ‘up north. Tasty wholesome and plenty of it. (I would suggest that you don’t make it any more fancy.) The breakfast was to die for.
The facilities available were lovely you can see that a lot of thought has gone into planning and positioning.
Andrew in the bar was funny and friendly and by the way Andrew if you look on ‘tinternet’ and put the name [–] watch Buddy lee’s video and you will see what we were on about. Hope this helps you.
All the staff were helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble.
Yes its a popular place but I think that says a lots if the locals prefer to spend their time and hard earned money there.
We hope to be back this time next year.
Oh and next time sort the weather out for the whole stay…..lol.
Thank you all at the Wilsons.

”Great pub/restaurant!”

We have recently visited The Wilson Arms on Wednesday 31st October and Friday 2nd November 2012. The staff were friendly and the food was superb, would definately consider staying there either in the cottage or B&B.

”Wow, how big is that fish & chips!?”

Just popped in on the way back from Muncaster Castle for food and drinks, what an end to a perfect day, been to the Lakes twice a year for roughly 5 years now and have been to all the top places (Drunken Duck, Horse and Farrier etc).
This place is up there with the best with friendly service, crisp cold perfect beer and as for the fish and chips WOW, probably one of the biggest and best fish and chips I have ever had and I know my fish. Wife and kids meals perfect also, didn’t have room for dessert. Went the other night and will probably go before the holiday is out.

”Wonderful Rooms. Fantastic Food. Excellent Service”

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at The Wilson’s Arms. The food was simply divine  from breakfast through to dinner. The newly refurbished bedrooms were stunning, with an excellent shower & lots of hot water (a must after a long walk in the beautiful surroundings) The bed was heavenly & the Egyptian cotton sheets made for a perfect night’s sleep. The bar, with it’s roaring, open, log fire was so welcoming, with a great selection of beers & wines and plenty of games for wet weather, a selection of daily newspapers, and dog friendly. All the staff we met were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. We will certainly be returning and are more than happy & confident to recommend a stay at The Wilson’s Arms. Pop in for a meal or snack, if passing…you will not be disappointed.