Triple Pork Nirvana 2016 #14

A classic holiday triple pork nirvana coming up! A week of walking every day means bacon and egg baps for breakfast, which sets up every day as a potential TPN day.

Lunch took us to the Lister Arms in Malham, one of several to choose from in the village, and one which serves food all day, which fits in nicely with walkers who don’t always know exactly when they will get to the pub. Say hello to a massive pulled pork focaccia:-

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Boo to the rough old bit of wood it was served on, bur hurrah for the lovely pork and massive fat chips.

Just one meal to go, and we were off to the Talbot Arms again for quiz night. Food for the brain is important, and whilst the received wisdom is that fish is the best brain food, I’m quite partial to a bit of pork. This lovely home made bacon cheeseburger:-

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proved to be excellent brain food as we proceeded to win the pub quiz. All of the prizes. Triple pork nirvana itself is a noble prize, so to add actual prizes to that is even better.

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Talbot Arms, Settle, May 2016

My Pointless Friend Richard ride again.

Tonight was quiz night at the Talbot Arms, something we checked up on when we visited on Saturday night.

Fluid intake is important for brain activity. So first, a pint of Lancaster Citra, a delicious and hoppy pale ale. The citra hop is often found in many of my favourite ales, delivering a tropical hoppy hit.

Food is also important. Even more so when there’s a triple pork nirvana  at stake.

A lovely bacon cheeseburger, again home made by the lovely kitchen team at the Talbot Arms. It’s so easy to get something like this wrong, by using some cheap and nasty ingredients, but this is all quality stuff, put together with care and attention..

A pint of York Brewery Otherside IPA to go with dinner, very sadly not an IPA at all, just a pleasant bitter.

And then time for the main event, the quiz. This was a bingo style quiz, a variant on one we played last year at the Apple Tree in West Bridgford. The questions are read out in sequence. You have a blank grid, and can put the answers anywhere you like. The secret is to play with a strategy.

To win, you need to get any of the following:-

All four corners

A vertical line

A horizontal line

A diagonal line

Each of these gives you a shot at a prize. Pick a ticket from the hat, and that gives you your prize. An extra element of chance to spice things up a bit!

Before we get to the results, the final beer to accompany the quiz, the fruity bitterness of Main Line from Settle Brewery.

And so to the results. Another victory for My Pointless Friend Richard. And we took away all the prizes. All of them. In other pubs, this could be a bit embarrassing or awkward. But everyone is very friendly here, so it was fine. We got all four corners, a horizonal line, a vertical line and a diagonal. There were some answers that we were not sure about and some we got blatantly wrong. But careful placement won us all of these:-

We collected our free crisps straight away. The free beer can also be enjoyed in takeaway cartons, so our plan was to come back tomorrow to collect our winnings to have with a takeaway dinner.

Another enjoyable night out at the Talbot Arms. The best pub in Settle.

The Lister Arms, Malham

Another walk on our Settle walking holiday. Today we started out at Malham Tarn, and walked down through the dale, on to Gordale Scar and on to Malham itself. Lots of limestone to look at…

On to the pub, one of several to choose from in the village. This one happens to be the first one you come to if approaching from Gordale Scar. It was one that looked nice on our previous visit to Malham in August last year (when we had driven over from Settle to visit the Malham Show), so it was high on our list for this visit. Another thing in its favour is that it is one of that great breed of pubs that serves food all day, none of this shutting up shop at 2pm sharp nonsense.

I know I’ve been moaning about this a lot recently, but if you are a pub in a place like this, there is *always* going to be passing trade who won’t happen to be passing between 12 and 2. We passed at around 2:30 and were happy to see everything ready and waiting for hungry customers. You’re always more likely to get a table after 2pm too 🙂

Lots of things to choose from on either the main menu or the lunchtime sandwich menu. I chose the pulled pork focaccia. Look at the size of it:-

It was an enormous (and tasty) sandwich. Points docked for serving it on a rough old bit of wood. Good pulled pork, and not sickly sweet nastiness. I had also ordered some big fat chips, but they really weren’t necessary given the size of the sandwich. However, they were also very tasty, and we managed to finish them off between us all.

This was accompanied by a pint of Bee’s Knees from Three B’s brewery across the border in Lancashire.

This was a pleasant golden ale which promised a hint of honey, but that didn’t really come through. A refreshing pint on a warm spring day though.

The Lister Arms is a great village pub, and with several to choose from, it’s nice to know that the first one you come to (when approaching from the east) just happens to be a good one. It’s a bit of an effort to get in to Malham by road (arguably easier on foot) but if you do make the effort (to visit the Malham Show on August bank holiday weekend for example), then it’s good to be rewarded with a great village pub.

Recommended!