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!
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…