It doesn’t seem to matter in what region of the UK a holiday, business trip or short break is taken, across the board the standard of accommodation is rising.
The Lake District and Cumbria are both very good example. Having always had a significant number of quality and luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts and self catering accommodations yet over the past few years and still continuing are upgrades and refurbishments to further put this region on the accommodation map.
Hotel ratings have increased with more 4 star venues than ever. Guest accommodation ratings are rising too with 5 star ratings in this category also higher than the average the same is applying to self catering accommodation too.
But a holiday or short break is more than just a showstopping bedroom. Guests want more from curb appeal of the hotel to safe and secure parking and the most important of all, a warm welcome. But it is another main constituent of a hotel that more and more guests are taking note of, food. The choice of food on offer is a big factor in the selection process of a hotel for many people these days. Just read TripAdvisor for example and food comments are as prevalent as those describing the hotel room.
Cumbria has some amazing food producers and suppliers with high profile chefs choosing, for example, Herdwick lamb, game and Lakeland Fell Bred beef for their menus as well as some internationally acclaimed artisan cheeses. And it is ingredients such as these that are inspiring chefs in hotels in the Lake District and Cumbria. Even down to the basics yet one very extremely important part of a hotel stay, breakfast. A hearty, full of local Cumbrian produce breakfast can’t be beaten and most definitely sets guests up walking the spectacular fells.
Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere is one such hotel who has really noticed their guests becoming more interested in the food served and the provenance. Applegarth’s use of local produce and suppliers is vast and the guests are commenting very favourably regarding this.