World Gin Day is fast approaching and it is certainly set to be the biggest and most celebrated yet. The date – Saturday June 10th 2017 with tastings and events happening worldwide.
Gin has had a massive revival in recent years and it must be said, even the makers could not have predicted just how big and popular gin has become not just in the UK but throughout the world.
At Fredericks Lounge Bar & Restaurant in Cockermouth, gin is the super refreshing drink or aperitif for many visitors and diners.
Along with artisan tonics and mixers, different herbal flavourings and accompaniments and the diverse choice of gins, it is one of the most popular drinks served at this bar in Cockermouth. There is now a gin for everyone from the traditional juniper botanicals to those with tasting notes of lemon and coriander.
At Fredericks gins are available from all over the world but even more exciting some distilled just 10 miles away. Choose from 10 different gins including the famous Scottish gin Hendricks (great with slices to cucumber) through to lesser known Mare from the Mediterranean (Fredericks like to serve Mare with mango and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic). Excitingly close to home are three Lake District distilled gins that are not just loved by locals but by bar and restaurant owners and gin lovers throughout the UK. Representing the Lake District is the fabulous Bedrock Gin as well as their Export Strength. Bedrock goes fantastically well with lime and basil and of course Fever Tree tonic.
The gin revolution has further been confirmed with the vast choice of tonic waters now available. Fever Tree is absolutely the brand to mix right now with exciting flavours including the Mediterranean above or the elderflower.
It doesn’t matter what the weather brings on June 10th at Fredericks in Cockermouth. Sip in the sun outside on one of the relaxing outdoor tables or stay inside in the stylish lounge bar. To book a table and to view the full list of gins and food available, visit https://frederickscockermouth.co.uk
As the adventure capital of the UK, Cumbria – the Lake District holds its fair share of events and sportives for those more active types especially cyclists. From now until September there is a steady stream of cycle sportives to suit a variety of abilities but many learn towards the hardcore cyclist out there. It’s quite obvious when you think about it due to the nature of the roads and Lake District terrain.
The biggest most popular and most famous of the Lake District cycling races is the Saddleback Fred Whitton Challenge, challenge being the operative word.
The Fred Whitton is a gruelling 110 mile race at nearly 100 feet per mile. Starting and finishing in Grasmere at the Sports Field taking in nearly every Lake District pass with the utterly ridiculous Hardknott Pass with its 30% gradient thrown in towards the end. Scenic it is so for spectators and support teams there are far worse places to be stood around, the scenery however is not a factor for the riders! At the finish, plenty of wobbly legs and hugs from friends and relatives, everyone with a look of joy that it had finally come to an end with many saying “I never want to see that bike again”. Despite this, most people don’t just do it once and it is one of the most entered and oversubscribed cycling events in the country!
There are many of these lunatics that are local to Cumbria and the Lake District but a massive amount come from all over the UK which require somewhere to stay. Bicycle lovers themselves who will more than welcome and understand what has just been accomplished are Keith & Jacky of Raise View Bed & Breakfast in Grasmere. They know exactly where to go to refuel afterwards too in the many excellent restaurants and inns in Grasmere Village, just what is needed after a ride and a half!
The Fred Whitton Challenge will be taking place on May 7th 2017 and all the proceeds go to charity each with the recipients of 2017 being Macmillan Cancer Support, Duddon & Furness MRT, North West and Great North Air Ambulance and finally Millom BeSpoke BikingTM – a cycling based life enrichment project for pupils in the Millom area. “The Fred” has raised over a million pounds in the 16 years it has been held.