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Bigger Yorkshire Puddings Mark National Park Expansion

Chef Bart Lagocki enjoying a Yorkshire pudding bonanza (photo Stephen Garnett)
Chef Bart Lagocki enjoying a Yorkshire pudding bonanza (photo Stephen Garnett)

[A] Kirkby Lonsdale hotel will dish up 25% bigger Yorkshire puddings to celebrate the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park by almost a quarter.

The national park boundary will move to within strolling distance of The Royal Hotel on Yorkshire Day, August 1 2016, when the park increases in size.

To mark the occasion, chefs at The Royal will make their Yorkshires around 25% larger than normal for roast lunch diners on Sunday July 31 – the nearest Sunday to Yorkshire Day.

Said hotel general manager Damian Atkins: “Our Yorkshire puddings are a favourite element of our locally legendary Sunday lunches so we thought we’d give diners even more of what they love to mark the expansion of the national park.”

The boundary change means nearby Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells will become part of the national park.

Damian added: “”The Yorkshire Dales is a very special area and we are delighted that the national park is now going to include the stunning fells which we can see from the Royal. These amazing landscapes are such a fantastic area to explore as well as being utterly beautiful.”

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is set to increase in size by almost 24 per cent and will include some areas which are in Lancashire and Cumbria. The Lake District National Park is increasing by three per cent to take in Birkbeck Fells Common, Bretherdale and Borrowdale, Whinfell and Grayrigg, and Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell.

And the secret of success for Yorkshire puddings? Chef Bart Lagocki had some words of advice for home cooks: “I use the good old tried and tested recipe of equal quantities of egg, flour and milk and I do like to add a little beef dripping.  But I always maintain that although the recipe is important, a good hot oven is the secret to great Yorkies!”

The Royal Hotel is part of the James’ Places portfolio of hotels, inns, interior design and hospitality businesses across the Ribble Valley and Yorkshire Dales sharing the same service values and ethos.

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