At the heart of the picturesque Langdale Valley lies The Wayside Pulpit on Elterwater Common, a modern-day sanctuary that breathes life into the enduring tale of Lanty Slee. This establishment pays homage to a 19th-century legend, known as the ‘Saloon Bar’ of Northern England, where Lanty’s legacy as the supplier of illicit Liquor to the Lake District comes alive.
The Quarryman and the Bootlegger
Lanty Slee, born in 1802, was more than just a name; he symbolized endurance and ingenuity. By day, he worked as a Quarryman, but by night, he embarked on daring bootlegging escapades that etched his name into history. His ingenious method of padding his horses’ hooves with wad allowed him to move his contraband silently, evading vigilant Excise men and navigating treacherous mountain passes.
A Dance with Authority
Lanty’s audacious endeavours often brought him face-to-face with the law, yet remarkably, he managed to escape capture and fines on numerous occasions. His uncanny ability to disappear into thin air as authorities closed in became the stuff of legends. Hidden Stills within the caves and fells of Langdale Valley served as his secret workshops, where he honed his craft and left law enforcement mystified.
From Past to Present
Drawing inspiration from the very landscape that bore witness to Lanty’s escapades, Lanty Slee sources its water and botanicals from the Langdale Valley. Just as Lanty recognized the hidden potential within ancient igneous fells, the venue pays homage to his intuition by crafting Fine Spirits that echo the spirit of the land.
Morning to Midday: Breakfasts with a Timeless Twist
From 10 a.m. to Midday, Lanty Slee’s doors swing open to a culinary journey through time. Cooked breakfasts, single-origin leaf teas, aromatic coffees, and indulgent hot chocolates form a symphony of flavours that evoke both the past and the present. Patrons are invited to partake in a sensory celebration that bridges generations.
Evolution of Flavor: Midday to Night
As the day matures, the culinary experience evolves. From Midday to 9 p.m, Lanty Slee unveils a tapas menu that oozes foodie satisfaction. The sharing plates are a testament to this connection between history and modernity. The Camembert is baked to creamy perfection, accompanied by delicate sourdough crispbread for a delightful dip. The tantalizing Haloumi fries are crispy on the outside and irresistibly gooey on the inside, paired with a sweet chilli dip. And then, there’s the pièce de résistance – the Fillet Steak adorned with a luscious blue cheese sauce.
An Artful Blend
The cocktail menu at Lanty Slee is an artistic expression that captures the essence of Lanty’s life. Each creation tells a story, from the timeless Rum Old Fashioned to the vibrant Moss Rigg Single Malt Sour. But the true star of the evening is undoubtedly the Smugglers Punch – the beacon of Lanty Slee’s legacy. This signature cocktail is an artful blend of flavours that mirror the audaciousness of the man himself.
Raising a Glass to Lanty Slee
Lanty Slee’s offerings extend beyond culinary and mixological excellence. A curated selection of house wines and fine wines echoes Lanty’s sensibilities, allowing patrons to raise a glass to his enduring legacy.
Immersing in Lanty’s World
Lanty Slee is more than just an establishment; it’s a bridge that connects history and modernity. With its warm ambience, delectable offerings, and a nod to a bygone era, it invites patrons to experience the audacity and finesse that defined Lanty’s life. The Smugglers Punch stands as a testament to his spirit, encouraging all to embrace their own journeys of discovery.
Time, Spirits, and Sensations
Stepping into Lanty Slee’s is stepping into a narrative that seamlessly weaves together the threads of time, spirits, and sensations. It’s a journey that beckons you to raise your glass and salute the legacy of Lanty Slee – a man of endurance, an artisan of flavour, and an enduring source of inspiration. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Langdale Valley, The Wayside Pulpit awaits, ready to immerse you in a tale that celebrates both the past and the present.