A Cumbrian hotel is using pedal power to take some of its most sophisticated produce to remote areas of the Lake District.
Inspired by the British riders in the Tour de France, Waterhead Boutique Hotel and Dining in Ambleside has introduced a vintage ‘gin bike’ to carry free taster samples of locally produced and premium gins for visitors and residents to try.
Pedalled up hill and down dale by some of the fitter members of the hotel’s hospitality team, the gin bike is making appearances not only along the shores of Windermere and at Low Wood Bay Marina, but also up in the fellsides of the Langdales and Kirkstone Pass.
The hotel has also launched a competition to encourage people to look out for the gin bike and take photographs with it in unusual or prominent Lake District settings. At the end of the summer, two winners will be treated to a complementary stay at the hotel and gin and tonic tasting experience.
Waterhead’s hotel manager Anthony Sutcliffe explains: “Cycling has become a highly popular pastime for many Lake District visitors. The gin bike is a great way of getting out and about and engaging with walkers, other cyclists and local people to let them learn more about the art of gin cocktails. There are so many flavours and tastes they can enjoy here at the Waterhead as our gin collection continues to grow.
The Lake District’s only four-star town house hotel, which is run by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, has developed a reputation for an exotic gin and tonic menu with special twists, signature garnishes and themed flavours.
As well as having a vast selection of gins, the Waterhead also stocks the complete range of Fever-Tree mixers and the hotel has also designed its own extensive G&T menu.