The Soldier Dick, Furness Vale (1/4)

The first camping weekend of the year! Hurrah. It’s a sign of spring that the camping season has started. Whilst Mrs MOFAD’s camper van means that we could do it all year round, our season generally runs from May->October.

This year, the season started out in Furness Vale, at Ringstones Caravan park. We chose it for its proximity to a few nice walks that we had planned, and also because it was near to The Soldier Dick pub (by near I mean “about a mile uphill of”). There were plenty of good reports for the pub on TripAdvisor, so this was likely to be our dinner venue for each night of the long weekend. Whilst we do like to do a bit of outdoor cooking when camping (look out for reports of “Come Camp With Me” in a few weeks), it’s great to just go to the pub for dinner (no washing up!) Even better if they also do breakfast 🙂

So tonight was our first visit, along with regular MOFAD companions Karon & John. Once we had set up camp, we strolled down the hill (avoiding the many ruts and potholes on the way), and into the pub. It was pleasingly busy for a Friday night, but there were a couple of tables free, so we grabbed one, grabbed a menu, and ordered some food and drink.

First up for me was an Exmoor Gold, a reliable golden ale that I’ve had many times over the year. Mrs MOFAD started with a Bee Sting from Lilleys Cider Barn. Too sweet for Mrs MOFAD, but I quite liked it – very drinkable and dangerous!

For dinner, it was pie time, with a very nice home made steak and ale pie on offer, accompanied by the classic chips and peas. It was very tasty indeed.

Washed down with a Greene King “Down the Dragon”. A St George tie-in, with a slight hint of chocolate and chilli. Nowhere near the best example of this ale style, but pretty good for Greene King.

After a long journey (time not distance, caused by M1 fun), a pudding was called for. I opted for the chocolate and Bailey’s mousse (always choose the chocolate!) which I liked a lot, although Mrs MOFAD thought it was too heavy.

This was accompanied by a Coach House “Postlethwaite’s”, named after Pete. This is listed on Untappd as a pale ale, but there’s no way that it is. It was quite sweet, not bad, but I think I need to try another one some time…

A good first visit to the Soldier…

Recipe: Whisky marinated salmon

I am definitely going to have to make this – looks fantastic!


Head chef of The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street, James Freeman was kind enough to let us into his kitchen for the current issue of Unfiltered. He has also given us the recipe for his delicious marinated salmon, as featured in the magazine, for everyone to enjoy. Click on the image below to download a full PDF.
Marinated Salmon

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