The Soldier Dick, Furness Vale (3/4)

Just a few hours later, and we find ourselves back in this lovely little pub. Whilst here for lunch, we booked ourselves a table, and we were glad that we did as it had got that bit busier compared to last night. I’d already worked out at lunchtime what I’d be having tonight, so it didn’t take long to order and settle in with a pint. First up tonight, a pint of Thwaites Wainwright, something I’ve had a few times in bottles, but never from the pump. It’s a classic golden ale, very easy drinking. Mrs MOFAD opted for a Weston’s Old Rosie, which brought back many memories of drinking in the Swan in the Rushes in my pre-ale days…


As I say, my choice had already been made earlier, chicken breast stuffed with brie and wrapped in bacon. With new potatoes and a rosemary infused gravy, served with seasonal veg. It was another nice plate of food, and a very good combination of flavours.


No need for any pudding tonight, so it was time for another pint of Sharp’s Atlantic, and then a good few games of cards…

The Soldier Dick, Furness Vale (2/4)

Back again!

Today was our first walk, and it just so happened to be a circular walk from the camp site which had this pub as a lunch stop. The weather wasn’t quite as kind as it could have been, and we had a few showers on the way round. And we hadn’t quite got our calculations right, so we arrived here for lunch, just before 3pm. But this is a sensible pub, which serves food all day, unlike so many that will stop serving after 2pm and leave you starving until 5 or 6.

So we had earned our lunch today, relaxing first with a pint of Sharp’s Atlantic. Whilst you might think Sharp’s are a lovely little independent Cornish brewer, they are in fact a part of the Molson Coors empire. The Atlantic is a nice pint, but does NMH (that’s needs more hops, something you’ll see me say a lot).


Mrs MOFAD chose a jacket potato with prawns:-


I opted for a bacon cheeseburger:-


to keep the dream of triple pork nirvana alive. The burger was excellent, very tasty with nice cheese and bacon to top it off. Chips were good, as was the little bundle of salad. A proper pub burger. And the onion rings (so easy to mess up) were lovely.

As we had opted to abandon the second part of the walk (as the weather wasn’t showing many signs of improvement), I took the opportunity to have another Exmoor Gold.