2015 in review…

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people. But it’s not a cable car, it’s a blog. This pointless comparison stat was kindly donated by WordPress.

There were 477 pictures uploaded, and the busiest day of the year was October 20th with 96 views. The most popular post that day was Raphael’s Wood Fired pizza – NW Leics and SW Notts. Just thinking back to that pizza is making me drool 🙂

In 2015, there were 177 new posts, which is almost one every other day – it was a busy year in MOFAD land, with lots of new food and drink sampled, and lots of new eateries and watering holes visited, as well as return trips to some popular haunts. June, August and September were the busiest months, with around 25 posts each month.

There were 9 recorded instances of triple pork nirvana recorded. This year I’m going to try and make sure they are all recorded correctly, as I suspect that a few were missed 🙂

The top posts of the year were:-

There were viewers from 21 countries, most from the UK, with the US and Spain not far behind.

Happy new year, lots more to come in 2016 I’m sure!

Tweedies Bar, Dale Lodge Hotel, Grasmere

After ticking off Wainwright number 59 out of 214 (Silver How, above Grasmere) we headed down into Grasmere and into one of our favourite Lakeland bars, Tweedies. We’ve been here quite a few times, probably every year for the last 4 or 5. We’ve got lots of walks starting in the area, and they usually end up here for lunch.

It is always very popular, and always very busy, no matter what time you arrive. We arrived about 1:30pm today, and managed to bag the last free table.

There are always loads of ales to choose from, and they do “paddles” (3 one third pint glasses on a board) if you want to sample lots of different ones. There are plenty from the local area, as well as others from a little further afield.

Today it was a pint of Pennine Pale Ale from Allendale brewery in Northumberland, a pint of hoppy bitter loveliness.

There are also ciders and perries available, enough to tempt Mrs MOFAD to indulge, with a half of Two Trees by Gwynt y Ddraig, full of tasty pears. It would appear to contain no alcohol at all.

Lots of lovely things to choose from on the menu, with various sandwiches on offer, as well as main meals such as arancini (mushroom, truffle and parmesan risotto balls) or beef and oxtail stew.

I opted for the pulled pork (predictable, moi?) but sadly a few minutes after ordering we were informed that it had sold out #sadface. The waitress dealt with this minor inconvenience quickly and with good humour, despite being rushed off her feet, and also being moaned at by the people at the next table who wanted a radiator turned on despite the fact it was reasonably warm, and they had taken their massive puffy coats off…

Instead I had a ham and cheese triple decker sandwich, absolutely stuffed with ham and cheese, served with a nice bit of salad and some deep-fried tortillas. It was very nice indeed.

Mrs MOFAD opted for the hot smoked salmon, which was sadly a bit of a travesty. It was a very stingy portion of salmon for a triple decker sandwich. Very nice, but nowhere near enough salmon (considering how much ham and cheese was in my sandwich).

Despite this minor blip, it was another lovely meal. A great little bar, surely the best in Grasmere, and perfect if you are walking in the area, as they are dog friendly and definitely walker friendly. MOFAD approved!