Thursday, 8 March 2012

Make Mother's Day An Opportunity To Potter And Reintroduce The Literary Magic For Mum

The Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere is turning Mother’s Day on its head this year by inviting children of all ages to re-create the magic of Beatrix Potter for their mother, if she once made it a wonderful part of their childhood, or they are still young enough to enjoy Beatrix Potter stories at bedtime.

The hotel, which was once owned by Beatrix Potter and the residence of her mother, Helen, is making Mother’s Day 2012 a day on which sons and daughters can bring their Mum out to an idyllic place from which Beatrix would send her manuscripts out for publication and make various sketches. They can show Mum a letter sent to her publisher, which is on show in the sitting room, stroll around the gardens, take in lake views of Windermere and relax on the terrace, to get a feel for the author’s life here.

Younger children can sit read to their mum from the centenary gold edition of ‘The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes’, as they wait for their lunch. Beatrix was based at the home that the hotel now occupies when writing this Tale, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and also that of the ‘Tale of Pigling Bland’, which is 100 years old in 2013.

This charming literary twist is sure to delight mum, while lunch itself will also be a much-appreciated treat, thanks to a menu designed by head chef Marc Guibert who last year created the world’s most expensive dessert, which sold for £22,000.

The mouth-watering dessert choices on this year’s menu are the chef’s own Lindeth Howe sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and Earl Grey ice cream, a lemon glazed tart with gin and tonic sorbet and marmalade gel, a light strawberry mousse with white chocolate sorbet and strawberry sherbet and an English farmhouse cheese selection.

These are preceded by four choices of starter including roulade of smoked salmon and braised pork belly and four choices of main course, including pan fried west coast sea bass with new potatoes, ratatouille and lemon butter sauce, and a Roast Cumbrian strip loin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and red wine gravy.

Lindeth Howe’s hotel general manager, Alison Magee-Barker, says: “Many mothers have brought Beatrix Potter into the lives of their children and grandchildren, so we thought it would be wonderful if they could return the favour and bring her exquisite Tales to life once again for those dedicated bedtime-story-reading mums. It really is possible to capture the essence of Beatrix Potter’s Tales at Lindeth Howe and a trip for lunch and some leisure time here has all the makings of a fabulous day out and a delightful thank you”.

Tables can be booked for the lunch, which costs £21.95 by calling 015394 45759. Children under 10 can eat from the same menu for £10.95 and enjoy half portions. Other requests will be accommodated if possible.

More information about the hotel can be found at

Families wishing to buy a centenary edition of the Tale of Timmy Tiptoes to take home, will be able to do so, at a price of £6.99

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