200th post! And 2,000 tweets…

Two months on from 150, and another milestone has arrived. No great surprise after a couple of busy months and a week away in the Lake District, which always leads to a plethora of posts, as we like to explore eateries new and old.

November saw a trip to The Marquis Wellington (for the fourth time), another tasty chicken and ham pie and another great comedy night.

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A trip to the Toby carvery was a bit of a disaster, which ended with a vow not to return for quite a while. There were no ales on. Three pumps. No ales. An utter travesty. It took ages to get served, and the roast beef in the baguette was poor, sinewy and fatty.

We also had a couple of trips to The Cosy Club in Leicester. Using the premises of a former knitwear factory (lots of those in the area) they have kept much of the industrial look and feel (giant reels of cotton in the bar, exposed girders and huge windows), whilst adding some modern twists. Plenty of lovely food on offer and a couple of decent ales available.

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There was also some takeaway action (a bit of a rarity) as well as recipes for apple crumble and pork in sherry. A trip back to The Swan was worth the (minimal) effort. The Shambles in Lutterworth was November’s pub of the month.

November also saw the annual pilgrimage to the BBC Good Food Show, another grand day out. I’ll never forget sticky toffee pudding cheese, but probably not for the right reasons.

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December is the month of the Christmas party and similar get togethers, so these dominate the posts for the month. After the first party at the National Space Centre in Leicester, another quiz victory for My Pointless Friend Richard kicked off the month, followed by a lovely Xmas lunch at The Otter, another at The Priory, and a winter walk and some lunch at The Greyhound.

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The rest of the posts are all about Cumbria, starring old favourite Lucy’s on a Plate, The Albert in Bowness, and more favourites in the form of Tweedies Bar, the Hole in t’ Wall (a *very* old favourite, in several senses) and the fantastic and new favourite Beer Hall at the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley.

A couple more favourites to finish off, and that’s the Black Bull in Coniston and the Mortal Man in Troutbeck.

The write up of Raphael’s pizza is still the top article with over 100 views and Triple Pork Nirvana continues to be the most popular page, spreading the word of pork (it’s still the first result on Google if you search for the term!) As well as the UK, the US and Australia, we now have visitors from Bahrain, Libya and Indonesia.

The Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheMOFAD is still proving popular and you can find the Minister on Twitter @The_MOFAD, where over 2,000 tweets have now made their way out into the world.

Lots more to come from the Minister of Food & Drink! So many places to eat and drink, so little time. There are at least another 20 blog posts in the queue! And there will be another few coming out shortly!

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