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A man jumping for joy after planning the perfect Christmas party

Another year gone and we’re another year wiser – when it comes to Christmas parties anyway. We hosted some fantastic festive fiestas last year and wanted to share our top tips for planning the perfect Christmas party.

Need a venue to host your Christmas party? Find out more about hiring Lakeside Kitchen & Bar – click here.

Budget

Whether big or small, it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Creating a realistic budget can take some serious planning but it’s worth taking your time at this stage to avoid issues further down the line. Things that you need to consider include the cost of transport, venue, and food. Although you should aim to stick to your budget, don’t be afraid to be flexible within these financial parameters. Prioritise the areas of the party that you think are paramount and allocate more of the budget to these. Expend with less vital aspects if you have to.

Prepare Early

The importance of making arrangements early should not be overlooked when it comes to planning the perfect Christmas party. As a venue, we have far more capacity earlier in the year so people booking with us at this time have a full choice of dates available to them. Additionally, booking your venue early will give your guests plenty of notice so that they can make room in their diary. Contact us on our events page to check availability at Lakeside.

Food (Consider More Than Just Taste)

Food is often the aspect of a Christmas party that is most remembered. To ensure that the meal at your get together sits fondly in guests’ minds it is very important to provide them with delicious provisions. In addition to taste, it is also vital to consider how the food at your party will be served. Try to imagine what would suit your guests. For instance, would they appreciate a seated meal or something more informal that would allow them to mix, such as a buffet? At Lakeside we offer a variety of catering options and prepare all our food onsite.

Venue

While you want your venue to be pleasing on the eye, looks are not everything. Cost is also a key consideration, but don’t just look at the overall total – also think about the value that our venue can add to your event. For instance, we have a lot of experience in hosting parties and can provide you with some very beneficial tips, which could save you a lot of time, effort and money. We are also able to provide extras – at Lakeside, we can offer a range of entertainment options, including music, magicians, caricature artists, a snow machine and a fun photo booth and much more!

If you’re looking for a Christmas party venue please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

Call: 01733 233218.

Email: Louise.Matthews@meadowbrownrestaurants.com.

Visit our events page for more information.

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With winter well upon us, we’ve put together a list of Lakeside menu items that should help you beat the cold!

Winter Foods at Lakeside

A quick glance at the advent calendar will confirm that winter is well upon us. And it’s not just the date that gives it away – anyone who’s been outside recently will attest that it’s not getting any warmer. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of items from our menu that should help you to beat the cold.

Full English Breakfast

A full English at Lakeside is a hearty dish that could defrost even a snowman. Lovingly prepared in our kitchen, the meal consists of Grasmere dry cured back bacon and sausage, a free range egg, Heinz baked beans, mushroom and slow roasted tomatoes. It is served with toasted buttered bloomer.

We have a veggie full English too, which comes with a free range egg, Heinz baked beans, slow roasted tomatoes, mushroom, spinach and Halloumi cheese. This option is also served with toasted buttered bloomer. As with all breakfast items, both dishes are available until 12 noon.

Sandwiches

If you don’t fancy anything quite as full on as a full English, why not sample something a little lighter? Our sausage sandwich is made with Grasmere sausages and served on a buttered bloomer. Our bacon sandwich meanwhile, is made using Grasmere dry cured back bacon and is also served on a buttered bloomer.

Soup

Soup is a simple but always effective tonic to cold temperatures. Our delicious soup of the day is homemade in our kitchen and consists of a delightful concoction of seasonal ingredients. It is served with the bread of the day and is suitable for vegetarians.

Hot Wraps

We recently added wraps to our menu, specifically with the cold weather in mind. The hot falafel & halloumi wrap is suitable for vegetarians and served with roasted red pepper. The hot chicken wrap comes with sun dried tomatoes. Both wraps are joined on the plate by coleslaw and root vegetable crisps.

Hot Drinks

If you want to warm up with a drink we’ve got that covered too. We have a range of coffees, including cappuccino, mocha and latte (as well as traditional mugs of the stuff). Also on the menu are teas, from a standard cuppa to speciality options, and delicious hot chocolate – which, if you’re feeling particularly decadent, can be served with cream and marshmallows.

In addition to our food and drinks our recently installed wood burner should help with the wintry weather.

Check out the full Lakeside menu.

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Looking for a place to enjoy New Year’s Day – why not take a walk around Ferry Meadows?

New Year’s Day at Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows is the perfect place to work off the excess of the festive season with a New Year’s Day walk. The park has a neat network of wonderful walkways that traverse its grounds. You can even get to park on foot as Ferry Meadows is well connected to the rest of Peterborough via a system of footpaths. If you fancy eating in Ferry Meadows after your exertions, we’d be delighted to help you warm up at Lakeside!

Wildlife and Sights along the Way

Winter may be a bit chilly but the cool weather can create some arresting views. The morning mist ascending from the lakes at Ferry Meadows make for an enchanting, if slightly ethereal, sight. Meanwhile, if we’re lucky enough to get any snow, there are few places in Peterborough that look as peaceful as Ferry Meadows under a frost.

As well as picturesque countryside, Ferry Meadows is home to a great deal wildlife at this time of year. Particularly common are the mallard ducks and Canada and greylag geese. During a winter’s walk, you might also be able catch a glimpse of one or two of the rarer visitors to Ferry Meadows, such as foxes, waxwings and goldeneye ducks.

If you take food to feed any of the birds, try to avoid giving them bread, of the white variety in particular, as this can cause health problems for them. Better options are things like oats, corn or defrosted frozen peas – these are closer to their natural diets.

Finding Your Way Around

For those who want to get a bit better acquainted with the walkable routes in Ferry Meadows, The Visitor Centre, located at the entrance to the park, stocks handy, pocket sized OS Maps. The water resistant maps include details of all the routes at Nene Park, costing £2.99.

Also available is a downloadable mobile app with details of several walks in the park. Called Natural Networks Mobile Explorer, the app makes use of GPS to allow you to navigate yourself along various routes. The app provides information about the surrounding wildlife as well as the cultural and historical features of the area.

Eating in Ferry Meadows

Once you’ve finished your walk, drop into Lakeside Kitchen & Bar for a well earnt treat! Our hot drinks – including hot chocolate, coffees and teas – and snacks should help you to warm up, as will our new log burner. While you’re eating in Ferry Meadows, you can continue to enjoy the beautiful, wintry sights of the country park from our balcony.

See our full menu.

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A miniature train that passes by Lakeside Kitchen & Bar, one of the places to eat in Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows is the beautiful country park that we are lucky enough to call our home. Here we have spectacular lakes, dense woodland and unspoilt countryside – all less than three miles from the centre of Peterborough and with very convenient road links. When visiting the park, there is always plenty to see and do, even if you just want to find places to eat in Ferry Meadows. We’ve compiled a short list of three things you might like to try on your next visit to the park.

Ferry Meadows Railway

This miniature railway passes many of the most iconic features of Ferry Meadows. The track has been a popular attraction since the park opened in 1978 and is enjoyed by both children and adults. The mini-engines that run along the track offer a stable and comfortable ride and include wheel chair access. For more information and to find out timetables go to http://www.ferrymeadowsrailway.co.uk/ (external link: opens in new tab).

Water Activities

Lakes are one of the big attractions at Ferry Meadows. This is true not just from a visual aspect – there is also plenty to do on the water. Nene Outdoors is the organisation that manages many of the water based activities at Ferry Meadows. Visitors can hire kayaks, canoes, boats and pedaloes as well as try their hand at windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Find out more information http://www.neneparktrust.org.uk/nene-outdoors (external link: opens in new tab).

Places to Eat in Ferry Meadows

Lakeside Kitchen & Bar is a great place to eat in Ferry Meadows. We are located in the heart of the country park with beautiful views of the picturesque Gunwade Lake. On the menu we have hot and cold food, including soup, sandwiches and the famous Lakeside burger. We also serve drinks, including teas, coffees and hot chocolate. Another option to sate your appetite is our sister restaurant, Ferry Meadows Café, located next to the visitor centre.

See the Lakeside menu.

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You can eat in Peterborough at Lakeside Kitchen & Bar

Eat in Peterborough – Our Local Promise

At Lakeside Kitchen & Bar we like to think that we offer delicious food, great service and picturesque views of Gunwade Lake. These are cornerstones of our operation at Ferry Meadows –something else that’s really dear to our hearts is sourcing as much food locally as we can.

Why It’s Important to Us

Sourcing food locally is important to us for a number of reasons. One big motivation is that bringing in regional supplies means that our money stays local – a great chance for us to support the community in which we are based. Another benefit to us is that by sourcing produce locally, the food we serve spends less time between the field and the plate, meaning we are able to offer our customers the freshest ingredients possible.

Using local suppliers also means cutting down our carbon footprint, as the distance and fuel required to travel is reduced. Moreover, because many of our suppliers are local this ensures that we are able to provide visitors with an authentic taste of the region – so that when you eat in Lakeside you eat in Peterborough too.

How We Source Our Local Food

We get lots of our supplies from a network of regional growers and companies. We source our meat from Market Deeping butchers Grasmere, while our bread comes from Oakham based Hambleton Bakery. Our potatoes are sourced locally, we have dairy products from Peterborough Dairy and drinking water from Cambridgeshire Water. Watergull Apple Juice is an East Anglian company that provides us with our delicious apple juice. All of our cakes are homemade and our food is cooked fresh to order in our onsite kitchen. When we can we even source our own food –  as Head Chef Paul recently did when he picked apples less than a mile from our restaurant to be used in our apple jelly!

We are always interested in increasing our network of local suppliers. If you are a regional grower, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch by emailing Louise.Matthews@meadowbrownrestaurants.com.

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We have recently updated our food menu at Lakeside. We hope this should add a bit of variety to what we offer as well as allowing us to incorporate a few new seasonal ingredients. Seasonal ingredients are very important to us as they help us to continue sourcing products from local suppliers. This not only means that we are able to keep our carbon footprint down and support the local community but also to reduce the time produce spends between the field and your plate – so we’re able to serve visitors the freshest food possible.

What Does the New Menu Look Like?

In preparation for the cold winter weather ahead, we have added a few hot snacks to our menu, including:

  • Hot falafel and halloumi wrap, served with roasted red pepper, olives and salad
  • Hot chicken wrap, served with pesto, sundried tomato and caramelised red onion marmalade
  • In addition to these items, the menu now includes tuna sandwiches and Grasmere Ham sandwich, served with homemade Ferry Meadows crab apple chutney on bloomer bread with Cambridgeshire corkers crisps

Pizza is off the main menu at the moment but fans of this Italian classic shouldn’t feel too flat about it – we will still be offering them as a special. Although we’ve shaken up the menu a little, we are keeping many of our most popular items, including our cooked breakfasts.

Click on the following link to see the full Lakeside menu.

Want Something that Isn’t on the Menu?

Just as we have for winter, we will be updating our menu again in spring to keep things fresh and ensure we always offer something seasonal to visitors. If there is something you’d like to see on the menu let us know about it – we’re always looking for inspiration. You can get in touch by emailing us at raj.regmi@meadowbrownrestaurants.com.

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Autumn brings falling leaves and bright colours – winter brings dark nights and falling temperatures. Short of a national revolt against Day Light Saving, there’s not too much that we can do to combat the long nights, however, there is plenty that can be done to keep warm – like making sure you get enough of these delicious foods.

Porridge

Starting your day with a warm meal can help to increase your body temperature. Moreover porridge contains lots of carbohydrates allowing you to recuperate the energy you lose through trying to keep warm. In addition to this, porridge grains contain a starch called beta-glucan – just 3 grams of this a day can help to reduce cholesterol by as much as 10%. All in all, porridge is a great oat-ernative to cereal in winter.

Bananas

A banana can resemble a friendly, yellow smile if looked it from the right angle – but it’s not just this heart-warming fact that makes it such an a-peel-ing winter food. The brightly hued fruit is very high in magnesium as well as vitamin B. These two nutritious elements are vital in the correct functioning of the thyroid and adrenal glands to function at an optimal level – which can help your body to regulate its temperature during the cold weather. 

Spices (but avoid spicy food)

Although spicy food, like chilies and black pepper, warm you up, they are not the ideal thing to eat when the weather takes a turn for the worst. This is because when you eat very spicy food you can start to sweat, which has the effect of actually cooling you down. Instead, when winter sets in, try to consume plenty of mild spices, like cinnamon, cumin and nutmeg. These foods can help to warm you up by increasing your metabolism and creating energy.

Hot Chocolate

Not all food that warm you up has to be healthy. In fact, and we may be biased on this, but we recommend a Lakeside hot chocolate when the temperature drops! We serve our hot chocolates with marshmallows and cream. If you do want to make your tasty drink even more delicious why not combine it with a wintry walk around the Ferry Meadows grounds beforehand?

As well as great hot chocolate to keep you warm, we also have a newly installed log burner at Lakeside – so come and join us! Click on the following link to see the full Lakeside menu.

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We are very pleased to announce the arrival of a brand new log burner at Lakeside Kitchen & Bar. The hotly anticipated feature is just another example of our burning ambition to continuously improve Lakeside. But we didn’t install the wood based, heating appliance solely because it works as a literal representation of our ethos – we’re also hoping that it’ll help to keep our cosy venue nice and warm for customers during cold weather!

The burner took two days to put in place and is located in the conservatory, also recently installed, where we expect it to be very warmly received by customers. In combination with the conservatory, the log burner will serve as protection from the elements for visitors, while still offering all the views customers are accustomed to enjoying when they sit outside at Lakeside. It should be particularly popular with the hardy dog walkers who enjoy a constitutional with their furry, four legged friends whatever the weather – even when it’s raining cats and dogs.

With all of our operations at Lakeside we always try to be good to the environment and it won’t be any different with our new heating system. The bio-mass burner will be in operation throughout the year from morning until afternoon – but we won’t be firing it up willy-nilly; only when the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius will the log burner flicker in to action.

As well as an eye on efficient usage, we will also be burning ecologically friendly fuel. We’re working with the wonderful Nene Park Trust, who will be providing us with the wood from Ferry Meadows Country Park for the burner. So not only will the wood be locally sourced but it will be renewable too – tree-mendous news, we’re sure you’ll agree.

We really hope you enjoy the new log burner and please let us know if you have any suggestions on other ways we could improve Lakeside.

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