The Soldier Dick, Furness Vale (4/4)

Just one more visit. After our earlier trip to Buxton, we came back to Furness Vale to try for a bit of a walk. As soon as we parked up, the heavens opened, so we returned to the camp site instead. After a short break, the sun came out again, so another quick walk was banked. After that, our final wander down the hill for dinner.

Back in the Soldier Dick again, and they have a different Sunday menu. But unlike so many pubs, they don’t just restrict themselves to three or four roast meats on Sundays. There are also many other options to choose from. However, today we all opted for a roast because it was that kind of a Sunday. The roasts were all very good, with a nice selection of veg, and good Yorkshire puddings. The only niggle is that the mustard is just in your standard little sachet, whereas I would prefer a little portion of something made fresh from powder. Just a minor niggle though.

Not enough turn over on the ales over the weekend, so tonight I had three repeats, a Sharp’s Atlantic:-

a Wainwright:-

and an Exmoor Gold:-

Our study was concluded after 4 visits, and with consistently good food and drink, The Soldier Dick is 100% MOFAD approved. MOFAD card left!

Buxton Tap House, Buxton. Utter beer heaven.

Staying in Furness Vale for the long weekend. As you might have read, yesterday we got a bit wet on a walk, and abandoned the second half of it. Today’s forecast kept changing, but wasn’t looking too promising. So we decided to have a morning pottering around Buxton and then maybe try do to the abandoned second half later on in the day. As it turned out, the sun came out for a nice little trundle around town.

I suggested the Buxton Tap House as a suitable lunch stop, as I’m a fan of their beers, and I’d heard that they do good food. I was right. We wandered in around 1pm and managed to find a table. On Sunday lunchtimes, they serve full roasts, or just a roast in a bap, with roast potatoes, parsnips and gravy. This was a perfect choice for all of us.

Time for a drink or two whilst waiting for the lunch to arrive. For Mrs MOFAD it was a Pure North Fusion cider. I found it a touch on the vinegary side, but it did work well with the food. My first choice was a Moor Top, a lovely mixture of floral hoppy bitterness. And then some more bitterness. American Chinook hops and a hit of grapefruit. A great session pale.

Next up a Wild Boar, another floral and hoppy ale, this time with hints of mango. Very good indeed.

As this was going down with great ease, the food arrived, and it tasted as good as it looked. Very nice beef, a good and hot horseradish, good spuds and a really tasty gravy (if no-one else had been watching, I would have downed that too)…

As we hadn’t got too much planned, there was just time for another, this time a Jaw Gate, an American IPA made with NZ hops. Now, I’m very picky when it comes to IPA, because so many (this one included) do not understand that the P stands for PALE. Apart from the lack of paleness, it’s very good indeed, another one that you could drink all day.

A quick stop at the bar on the way out, to buy a nice little selection to take away. These lovely people will also let you taste a few more if you’re trying to make up your mind, so there was an opportunity to have some Pic Tor, a passion fruit sour which was pretty amazing. Will definitely get some of this next time, maybe they’ll take some to Thornbridge in July (please folks?).

It’s fair to say that the Buxton Tap House is 100% MOFAD approved, and a MOFAD card was left. Find out more at