The Brotherswater Inn, Sykeside, Cumbria, August 2017 #1

Camping again! We were last here 3 years ago, almost to the day. We loved the camp site, a perfect place to pitch up and just do walks from the camp site. It was rather moist on arrival today, raining on and off during the journey, and there’s obviously been a lot of rain since we we up here in June, as the camp site was a bit of a quagmire in places. Including the pitch that we’d been allocated (number 13 which is the same one we had last time). For the first time in a few years we had brought the awning with us, and we had to pitch that in the swamp. So we got a bit wet and muddy.

The rain didn’t really stop, so we retired to the pub for dinner, as planned. On a busy August evening, the pub was packed, but we managed to grab the last free table. They don’t take reservations, so it’s first come first served. More people arrived later, and there was a reasonable turnover of tables, so everyone was happy.

To the bar to order. A pint of Tirril Eden Valley for me, one I’ve had before, but it was rather disappointing last time, so it was good to try it again. Mrs MOFAD had some Kingstone Press cider, which is one she has enjoyed before.

After paying a pound for an hour (I paid a pound), we used the wifi to check the weather forecast and plan our walks for the next few days. Whilst this was happening dinner arrived. For Mrs MOFAD, chicken stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in bacon. For me, this simple smoked haddock linguine, with a creamy sauce, parmesan and some garlic bread.

Just the thing to fill the hole on a night like tonight.

It was accompanied by a pint of Barngates Pale Ale, which is a new one to me. A decent bitter pale ale and only 3.3% – very easy to #keepitsession with that.

No pudding tonight (we haven’t earned one), so we ventured out into the rain and back to watch a bit of TV…

I must add a brief note about this very lovely beer that we brought with us.

A peanut butter milk stout will probably go one of two ways. Either awesome or awful. This one was awesome, sweet and nutty, utterly delicious, smooth flavours and a wonderful nutty aroma.

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