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Rohan Originals Keswick Weekend

Rohan Originals Weekend Keswick 1st - 3rd April

Rohan Originals 25 Years 1st – 3rd April

25 years ago the Evans family opened the first Rohan franchise in The Lake District.
To celebrate this milestone we are gathering at Rohan Keswick for a very special customer event during the weekend of April 1st – 3rd.
It’s a great opportunity to meet the people behind the brand, – exchange an old Rohan garment, buy a pair of Rohan Bags at 1986 prices, join us for a walk, pick up a quality coffee at Peter Sidwells Good Taste cafe  of Lakes on a Plate fame or support Keswick Mountain Rescue in our raffle & auction.
Rohan Originals
Rohan Keswick has accumulated a lot of brand knowledge over 25 years. Many original garments from the 70’s and 80’s will be on display in-store over the weekend-in addition to the Rohan Originals collection already displayed. Those who are lucky to enough to have been with Rohan since the early days will be able to trade in old Rohan garments in return for a discount. The amount of discount will be dependent on the age of the garment 1% for every year with discount ranging from 5 – 25%. Sarah Howcroft the co -founder of the brand will be on hand to discuss the age of a product. All your old Rohan garments will be donated to local charities giving them a whole new lease of life.
Product Workshops
Tim Jasper, Brand Director will be on hand on Saturday & Sunday morning at 11am to offer a sneak preview of the latest Rohan designs and to chat about Rohan products from the past. Places are limited so please call the Keswick shop to reserve your place.(017687 74963)
Meet the Chairman
Colin Fisher will be around during the weekend as well to discuss, well, all things Rohan.
Rohan Bags @ £29.00
For one weekend & only in Keswick you can revisit 1986 in our special vintage Rohan Bags corner & purchase a new pair of Rohan Bags for £29.00  (maximum 2 pairs per customer). Excludes any other discounts.

Keswick Mountain Rescue

We will be holding a £2 per ticket raffle to win £50, £100 or £150 of Rohan gift vouchers.
Additionally there will be a silent auction on a series of Rohan Original & current garments. Highest bids will be notified on Monday 4th April. All proceeds will go to Mountain Rescue.


We will be offering Rohan customers 3 walks starting & ending at the Keswick shop. Tickets will cost £10. Please call the shop to reserve a place. All proceeds will go to Mountain Rescue.
Peter Sidwell will be running  exclusive classes at his cookery school on Sunday at 10am & 3pm. Places cost £10 and are limited so call the Rohan shop now to reserve your spot! Classes will last an hour and dependant on the weather could be outside. All proceeds will go to Mountain Rescue.
Where – Rohan, 14-16 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BX
When – We look forward to welcoming you from April 1st.
How – To reserve your place on any of the activities taking place please call: 017687 74963
This is a great opportunity to get together and catch up with old friends.

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Peter Sidwell on Rohantime

Peter Sidwell Lakes on a Plate
This month on Rohantime we have a really interesting guest. You may have caught up with Peter Sidewell, the Keswick based chief, on his  current TV program Lakes on a Plate. Peter’s program is not only a celebration of some of the great Lakes District food, it is also a celebration of the Lake District. Each day, Peter’s culinary tour takes him to a different part of the Lakes where he meets food producers, making fantastic ingredients and takes their freshly crafted produce away to use in his own kitchen. Peter, a long standing friend of Rohan Keswick, has shared with us on Rohantime his favourite Lake District walk and view, his soapbox feature will I am sure strike a cord, and he also took the time to answer some of our questions and shares a favourite recipe with us.
We hope you enjoy meeting Peter on Rohantime. When your next in the Keswick, stand in Rohan Keswick and look across the street, you will see Peter’ cafe Keswick Good Taste, call in. We have a signed copy of Peter’ book Simply Good Taste for one lucky winner in the Rohantime draw. Just fill in the form below.
We also have a fantastic competition this month Win the new iPod Touch on Rohantime.
Peter Sidwell simply good taste
Win a signed copy of Peter’s book Simply Good Taste
In 2007 Peter started writing “Simply Good Taste”, his first book.
He published it himself and sold over 4000 copies in the first year. Following that success Simon & Schuster snapped it up and they released “Simply Good Taste” on a national level in April 2009.
Simply Good Taste is a book of exciting, no-frills recipes reflecting Peter’s love of food, the great outdoors and the locality, and showing his ability to combine successfully the best local produce with other cooking influences. Inspired by the mountain scenery around his Keswick restaurant, Peter collected his favourite recipes for friends and family. Grouped into sections such as Out & About or Something Special, over 60 easy-to-follow recipes take you from dishes such as Lakeland burgers with a Greek twist to white chocolate ice cream with Grasmere gingerbread.
Competition Now Closed Thank you to all who entered
‘Win a signed copy of Simply Good Taste’ Terms and Conditions
1. The Competition opens on 01 October 2010 and end on 31 October 2010. No entries shall be accepted after the closing date, entries are limited to one per person, incomplete forms will not be entered.
2. The winner will be selected on 01 November 2010 and notified by email if no reply is received within 7 days, another entry will be chosen. The winners name will be published on Rohantime.com.
3. There will be one (1) prize of one signed copy of Peter’s book Simply Good Taste. No cash alternative is available.
4. Entry to the prize draw is free no purchase is necessary.
5. The Competition is not open to employees of Rohan Designs Ltd and associated partner organisations.
6. Personal data provided in the entry form will be collected stored and processed in a database for the purpose of managing entry into this Competition. If you have agreed to receive communications from Rohan Designs Ltd then your personal data may be used for such purposes. The information will not be used for any other purpose than as stated. Rohan will not pass your details to any third parties. Any personal data that you provide will be held and processed in accordance with the requirements of the 1998 Data Protection Act.
7. By entering this Competition entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. English law governs this Competition and each party submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
8. The promoter of this Competition is Rohan Designs Ltd, 30 Maryland Road, Tongwell, Milton Keynes, MK15 8HN.

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Peter Sidwell talks to Rohantime

Peter outside the Good Taste Cafe & Ben outside Rohan Keswick
Rohantime caught up with Peter after a particularly busy lunch service.
Chef Peter Sidwell from the Good Taste Cafe in Keswick can currently be seen on our screens celebrating some of the best British eating on a culinary adventure in the Lake District for Channel 4’s Lakes on a Plate. Peter should know a thing or two about great British food; he’s been using the finest local produce from around the Lake District in his café and cookery school for years.
Each day on Lakes on a Plate, Peter’s culinary tour takes him to a different part of the Lakes where he meets producers, making fantastic ingredients and takes their freshly crafted produce away to use in his own kitchen. Against the backdrop of England’s most stunning scenery, Peter visits the birthplace of legendary foods like Kendal Mint Cake, Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and Cumberland sausage.
How did you get started as a chef and then author?
When I was 15 I had a serious accident, I fractured my skull so I was unable to continue playing rugby on the weekend so I got a job in a local pub The Plough Inn in Allerthorpe near York and that’s was where it all started.
Who were your early influencers to give you such a love of good food?
The biggest influence was my head chef when I worked in my first significant restaurant in York, my head chef was called Patrick Smith he taught me to taste food; it sounds simple but it’s the most powerful skill a chef can have, a good palate. Marco Pierre White was also like an icon to me. When I was sixteen I was bought his first book White Heat, I still look at it today and it’s not dated at all, in his day he was the chef’s chef.
What sort of diet do you think will be normal in 50 years time?
I think we will continue to be eating locally sourced food, we seem to have gone full circle from the old days but I can’t see us moving away from it again for a long time as to me it is the only way we should eat.
Do you think the British diet has to change because of climate change and the lives we lead?
I think the British diet is a constantly evolving diet. In the UK we have a great knack of absorbing other people’s cultures and embracing them. I think it is a good thing that the UK has one of the best and most diverse food offerings in the world.
What do you think of the trend for far flung ingredients that are flown in from thousands of miles away?
I think in some respects it is great that we can get different food from all over the world as the world has got a lot smaller over the past few years, but if we can grow it in this country we should use it when its available and accept it when it is out of UK season and look for an alternative.
Local produce is making a comeback; do you think this is a fad or something British consumers and supermarkets will embrace long-term?
It is simply a marketing ploy for supermarkets? I don’t think it is a fad as it makes complete sense, in my opinion it is the supermarkets that are brain washing us to demand the same food all year round. The consumer’s knowledge of food is far greater now than it has ever been, so we know what we want.
Can British producers meet the price and quality (i.e. identical produce) demands of big supermarkets or will we see the return of the local shopkeeper?
I hope we see the return of local shopkeepers but I fear the super markets are only going to get bigger and stronger, if local shops want to survive I think they will need to look at the supermarkets biggest weakness… which is local produce as it is all based on national distribution. A local shopkeeper can buy direct from farmers and producers so they can also react quicker to seasons, trends and local demand.
Should every child learn to cook at school, as well as understand the food chain?
I really think kids should learn to cook at school, I have had so many teenagers coming to work for me and they have no idea on how to even boil an egg, their knowledge of food is so limited. Cooking is a life skill that we all need to learn and it has to be addressed at school early so as they get older and more independent they don’t turn to fast food and convenience foods.
Do you think one country, in particular, has the perfect diet?
I think the Greeks or the Italians have got it right, not just their diet but their attitude to food and life seems to be right. They stop their busy lives to eat and sit round a table with their family and they all understand the value of food and how important it is.
peter fishing lakes on a plate
You are a keen fisherman. Is fish an underrated part of the British diet?
Totally, for a nation that lives on an island surrounded by water why on earth don’t we eat more fish? I guess people are a little scared of cooking it, but less is more with fish so keep it very simple. You can’t beat pan fried with a good squeeze of lemon juice.
What’s your all time favourite dish?
Marmite on toast
Who does most of the cooking in your own home?
I do a lot of the cooking as I really enjoy it, but my wife Emma does do a lot more these days now we have a daughter and I am so busy.
What one ingredient is always in your store cupboard?
Fresh coffee and marmite.
Have you ever gone hungry?
No luckily!
Share your top three culinary tips?
Good ingredients; keep it simple and cook a dish that makes sense for the occasion.
Have you always been based in the Lake District?
No I moved here 7 years ago from York to set up a business in Keswick and have a family. It seemed to make sense for us to settle here; it’s a great quality of life but I do sometimes miss city living!
The Lake District is bursting with good ingredients, what dish epitomises the Lakes on a Plate?
My hot sausage sandwich. Simple, great ingredients …I make it hot and keep it hot for a walk up a mountain (you’ll have to watch the episode to see how I do it but I did get up the mountain and I did enjoy a hot sausage sandwich on the summit!).
lakes on a plate hot sausage sandwich
How to make it:
Peter: “This recipe is pure genius – what better way to have a piping hot yummy sausage sandwich? Whether you are up a mountain or at work in the office your mates are going to be so jealous when they see what you got for lunch.”
Ingredients Serves 4 approx

  • 8 thin Cumberland sausages
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tortilla wraps

1. Pour some boiling water from the kettle into a flask and place the lid back on. Heat a frying pan and cook your sausages.
2. Chop the red onions and place it into the frying pan with the sausages. When the onions are soft and the sausages are cooked, add the balsamic vinegar.
3. Remove the onions and sausages. Place some onions and one sausage on the centre of each wrap.
4. Roll the wraps up and then roll them in baking parchment and foil. Pour out the hot water from your flask and place the foil cracker inside. Replace the lid and you are away.
Who are your favourite suppliers/producers locally?
My milk man, as it means I can have my first coffee of the morning. And my customers, as I have a few who are farmers, hunters and fishermen and they are always calling me or popping into the shop to offer me ingredients.
We notice that you are keen on gathering wild food. Do you ever see yourself going down the sustainable road and growing a lot of your own vegetables etc?
I would love too but I don’t really have very green fingers.
Chef Peter Sidwell
Your own Good Taste cafe in Keswick and Rohan Keswick share the same location opposite each other on Lake Road. We’ve noticed you were wearing the Rohan Pinnacle jacket during the filming of Lakes on a Plate. Have you used any other Rohan garments?
Yes I have worn a lot of Rohan clothes this summer and all of them have performed brilliantly, be it walking through a town square in the rain or clinging to a cliff edge; none of the clothes have let me down.
What would be your recommendation for a great packed lunch for a day on the fells, and are there any food must-haves you take with you to keep up energy levels?
I always go into a local deli and get lots of little things to nibble on. I always like to take a good flapjack with me up the mountain for that boost to get to the top and always a flask of coffee. There’s something about sitting out in the open with a cup of coffee taking in the view.
Your Channel 4 TV series Lakes on a Plate has been very popular. What’s next?
I hope to do a second series. I want to take my viewers on a new gastronomic adventure and show them more of my way of cooking using what I find around me and what takes my fancy.
What is your ideal kit list for a walk in the Lakes?peter sidwell on the fells shows us his kit list
A flask
Day pack
Rohan Pinnacle Jacket
iPhone for music
My Merrell walking boots
And, my dog Sandy
Watch Lakes on a Plate, weekdays at 2:20pm on Channel 4 until Friday 8th October or visit Peter’s Good Taste Cafe at 19 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5BS    www.simplygoodtaste.co.uk

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Soapbox – Winter Strawberries

Why on earth would you buy strawberries in the depths of winter?

Ok, what really gets my goat is when I am in the supermarket in December and January and I see people buying strawberries. It takes all my effort not to approach them and ask them why they feel the need to buy a punnet of red pebbles, because, let’s face it that’s about as good as they taste in winter.
Why on earth would you buy strawberries in the depths of winter?! They might look perfectly formed but that is as far as it goes, they usually feel rock hard and taste of nothing. The whole point of a strawberry is the sweetness and juice dribbling down your chin when you bite into it. The British strawberry is iconic with the summer so please please I beg you don’t let me catch you buying strawberries in winter!
Peter Sidwell on Rohantime

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Lakes on a Plate – Peter Sidwell

Lakes on a Plate Peter Sidwell
Chef Peter Sidwell celebrates the Lakes on a Plate
Opposite Rohan in Keswick, Cumbrian chef and café owner, Peter Sidwell, is cooking up a storm with his Lakes on a Plate Channel4 TV Series.
In the first episode Peter grabs his walking boots and Rohan Pinnacle Jacket to follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright, famed for his Lakeland guides.
The next eposide takes place at Yew Tree Farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s, Yew Tree farm featured as ‘Hill Top’ in the movie ‘Miss Potter’ starring Rene Zellweger.
During the week Peter travels to Little Salked water mill, Restored in 1975 Cumbria’s only fully operational watermill, still producing stone ground flour the traditional way, and learns all about its history and process.
In episode four Peter pays homage to William Wordsworth, and visits Grasmere and Dove Cottage the place William Wordsworth called home for nine years.
Win a signed copy of Peter’s book Simply Good Taste
Peter Sidwell simply good taste
Lakes on a Plate – Recipes from Week One
Sausage rolls
Rossini soup
Braised beef
Hot smoked trout crostini
Chocolate and orange shortbread
Nettle and ricotta gnocchi
Meatballs and pasta
Posh fish finger sandwich
Quick ice cream
Catch up with Lakes on a Plate and Peter Sidwell on Youtube
Read the Rohan Pinnacle Jacket Review