Talking Heads: Easter Planning
The four-day family event is the first major holiday of the year. It presents operators with the opportunity to increase sales and drive profit through meals, drinks, treats and activities.
Take Stock spoke to Dan McGeorge, newly appointed head chef at Rothay Manor Hotel, a luxury country house hotel set in the heart of the Lake District on the outskirts of Ambleside, to see what they are planning…
Is Easter a busy occasion for you?
Yes! The Easter weekend is such a great occasion in the Lake District that we are praying to be lucky with the weather! We have lots of bookings for the weekend, but Easter Sunday tends to be our busiest day in the restaurant, because the majority of our guests tend to use Friday and Monday as travelling days. Plus, because of our location we attract a lot of walkers too.
How are you celebrating Easter?
As Easter Sunday is the main day of celebration for Rothay Manor, we aim to make it as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. For those having lunch, there is no rush and the table is theirs throughout the lunch duration. Coffee can be taken in one of the comfortable lounges.
Are you running a special menu?
Yes. We will have a special Easter menu on offer for Sunday lunch which of course will include roast lamb – Lake District of course – served with the full complements including roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and the best gravy in town! For dessert, it will all be about the chocolate, and our indulgent chocolate bomb (see recipe) is a customer favourite! We will also have an Easter themed Afternoon Tea available all weekend, with delights such as our very own gooey chocolate egg and Simnel cake!
Who are your main clientele?
We attract couples and older families – Ambleside is a wonderful destination for all generations, as there is something for everyone. We get a lot of walkers who tend to join us for a late Afternoon Tea after they have built up an appetite, and also locals who come just for lunch or Afternoon Tea as a special treat.
Are you serving any speciality drinks?
Our barmen make an incredible G&T, all complemented by a signature serve to bring out the botanicals of the gins, so we will be sticking to those! We use the local gin Bedrock and Shed1 and the Lake District tonic Lamb and Watt.
Any activities for the weekend?
We will have complimentary chocolate eggs on our reception desk (it’s not Easter without one!) for all customers and guests to enjoy. We will host an Easter Egg hunt in the grounds on Easter Sunday for the children – and either myself or one of my team will get the short straw to dress up as the Easter Bunny!