Prince Charles visited the George Hotel in Penrith on Wednesday April 9 to mark the launch of a Tourism Pilot for The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
The new Tourism Pilot aims to encourage tourists to support the UK countryside through the work done by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, which helps those who live and work in rural areas.
It is backed by numerous tourism businesses across the UK including Farm Stay UK, Caravan Club and Cumbrian Cottages and the Duchy of Cornwall Holiday Cottages to name a few.
The hotel, which is part of Lake District Hotels Limited, claims to be the only one in Cumbria to be openly supporting the new Tourism Pilot.
When checking out, guests will be asked if they would like to round up their bill to the nearest pound, with the change being donated to The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
George Hotel GM Justin Wales said: “We were honoured to be invited to host the launch and were very keen to be involved in the pilot too.
Head Chef Phil Cooke created a finger buffet menu "fit for the future king". It included individual Herdwick Lamb Tattie Pots, Borrowdale Smoked Trout, Appleby Eden Chieftain Cheese, Cumbrian Pickled Beef and Hawkshead Beetroot Horseradish.
A Cumbrian Hamper was presented to HRH The Prince of Wales by the GM, the hotel’s owners Kit and Charles Graves and daughter Dani Hope.
The Prince of Wales is not the first Prince to be hosted at the historic hotel, Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed there in 1745.