Beer of the month, March 2015

This month is an emotional choice, because it has been an emotional month, perhaps the most emotional month. My dad passed away towards the start of the month, so beer was one of the furthest things from my mind. However, just a week later it was Mrs MOFAD’s 40th birthday, so we took a short break from events to return to our home and celebrate as best as we could. The support of family and friends were the key to March. Part of this involved a trip to town for a “day before the birthday” Thai meal with friends. Afterwards the two of us retired to the pub (The Swan in the Rushes, a long time MOFAD favourite which appears on the map) for a quiet pint and some quiet contemplation.

This pint just happened to be the possibly aptly named Salvation, by the recently opened Charnwood Brewery (our newest and now most local brewery). A nice, hoppy golden ale, and just the thing that I was looking for. We raised a quiet toast to a departed Dad.

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Pub of the month, March 2015

For exactly the same reasons  as the beer of the month for March 2015 (my dad passed away), the pub of the month is an emotional choice, because beer and trips to the pub were one of the furthest things from my mind.

March also saw a happy event, Mrs MOFAD’s 40th birthday, which involved a meal out with friends – family and friends were the key to March. After a lovely meal at the Thai Grand, we popped next door to The Swan in the Rushes, a long time MOFAD favourite which appears on the MOFAD map for a quiet pint and some quiet contemplation.

This pint just happened to be the possibly aptly named Salvation, by the recently opened Charnwood Brewery (our new local brewery). A nice, hoppy golden ale, and just the thing to raise a quiet toast to my departed Dad.

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A proper review of the Swan will follow later in the year, because we will definitely be back.

Another mundane sandwich post :-)

As promised, this is not all just about amazing food and beer festivals. Today’s post is just about the sandwich I’m having for lunch. The sandwich has been much derided in recent times but it’s what I usually turn to for lunch. 

When out and about, there are many options, and a Ginsters sandwich is usually my “go to” option. Often found in service stations (where they are convenient but over priced) you can always rely on the chicken and bacon sandwich for a tasty lunch. 

So today, what is this I spy? A smokey BBQ limited edition of that same sandwich? Yes please! A little BBQ sauce generally improves most foods 🙂

  

Sadly, the idea of capturing this for posterity came after I had finished… It was a very good sandwich, with the usual cucumber replaced by some lettuce. I’m sure I will seek it out again.