The Mortal Man, Troutbeck, January 2017

The Mortal Man is another MOFAD favourite. As I mentioned back in 2014 (twice) and 2016, we always do a walk which incorporates it, usually over from Ambleside via Wansfell. Today was a lovely crisp winter’s day, with a tiny bit of snow and a lot of ice on the ground (necessitating the use of the Kahtoola microspikes), and the pub was warm and inviting as ever.

The usual pint of Loughrigg by Hesket Newmarket awaited (I seem to have it every time we come here). The cider festival was on as usual so Mrs MOFAD treated herself to a few halves. The first was a Monkey Mango by Cockeyed Cider…

With so many visits, we can now compare the changing of the club sandwich. It’s fair to say that it was at its peak in 2014 and has deteriorated a bit since. The flavours are still good, but the removal of the plate and the lack of toasting change it from being a proper club sandwich.

Let’s see 2017 in close up:-

It was a tasty sandwich, featuring the right number of layers at last, but a club sandwich should be toasted. Mrs MOFAD also had a good sandwich which was enjoyed with Side-r Elderflower cider by Glebe Farm, intense floral notes but a little acidic.

My bonus beer today (no driving at the end of this walk) was a familiar name, Sally Birkett’s Ale. Until early 2016, it was brewed just down the road by Hawkshead Brewery, exclusively for The Mortal Man. The beer takes its name from the poem on the sign outside the pub (which is also where the pub’s name comes from):-

“O mortal man that lives by bread
what is it makes they nose so red?
Thou silly fool, that look’st so pale,
‘Tis drinking Sally Birketts ale.”

The beer is now brewed in Carnforth, by Old School Brewery, and is still exclusive to The Mortal Man. A good session ale.

A MOFAD card was left on a previous visit, and it is still here :-

A lovely visit to The Mortal Man as ever, and suitably refreshed we began our return journey to Ambleside…

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