Thursday, 28 January 2010

Brook House in the Paper!

Just a quick post, ( two in one month seems a bit extravagant and a little wasteful, would n't want people to think I had nothing better to do.) to highlight an article written about Brook House Inn and the fact that someone persuaded me infront of the camera, which is pretty unusual. Anyway here is the link- Whitehaven News  please have a read whilst the link still works. I would like to say a big thanks to Grainne Jakobson the author and owner of Woodend Cookery near Egremont, and to Mike the photographer for the great pictures.


Saturday, 23 January 2010

Rhinos in the Bar

First of all Happy New Year to everyone.
It is a bright sunny morning with a touch of frost up here in Boot, I was going to write about Hardknott and Birker fell roads both being open again but as it is so cold this morning I will leave that for another day!
We had our busiest night of the year so for on Thursday when the Leeds Rhinos first team came to Eskdale instead of Florida for their pre season training camp! The players were staying at the YHA and the staff were here at Brook House Inn. I hope they had a good  night I know we did, none more so than Phil Baker one of our local chefs who is a serious rugby fan. He got to meet some of his heros like Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock
Jamie Peacock and Phil Baker
and a player for whom like Phil size is not an issue - legendary Leeds and GB scrum half Rob Burrow. Rob has played 270 games for Leeds, represented Yorkshire, England and Great Britain and was in the team in 2007 for the series whitewash of  New Zealand.
Rob Burrow and Phil Baker

The Rhinos came to the area not just because it is friendlier than Florida, sells Tim Taylors and Hawkshead Beers, and is several hours closer to Leeds, but to help promote rugby in the local schools, raise the profile of the game in Cumbria and to play Whitehaven on Sunday 24th Jan at the Whitehaven Recreation ground stadium. I am a bit split as to who to cheer for on Sunday, my daughter was born in Leeds when we lived in Otley, I've been in Cumbria for 12 years now but in my heart I'm still a Lancashire lad! maybe I should stay in the kitchen.
Anyway thanks to the Rhinos for entertaining us on Thursday and the safe return of the fox and squirrel! Good luck tommorow.