M’s Spice, Ingleton, July 2018

Got a bit wet today. After a lovely trip up Pen-y-Ghent (our second ascent of one of Yorkshire’s three peaks), we had completed most of our descent and then the rain set in. All the way back down to the car. So when we got back to the camp site, a lovely hot shower was required, followed by a nice hot curry to warm the chilled bones.

That came from M’s Spice, down in the village. They deliver to the camp site, and in fact they delivered directly to our pitch, which was perfect. I opted for one of my occasional regular dishes, chicken dhansak.

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This was a spciy delight. I was expecting more lentils in the sauce, and some kind of vegetable matter. Pineapple is often found in British interpretations, although a squash is more usual. A lovely curry and a good fluffy naan (not pictured).

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Falls Cafe, Ingleton, July 2018

A rainy Sunday morning (which is exactly the same situation in which this is being written up). The forecast was for it to clear up a bit later in the day, so we decided to do the Ingleton waterfalls walk this afternoon, as it was just down the road from our camp site. It’s all on private land, so you have to pay to get in and do the walk. Before we started, we decided to have lunch in the cafe on site, as it was very convenient.

A classic visitor centre cafe, with that air of disorganisation about it. Bits of the serving area were closed off for some reason, despite being a busy Sunday in July (plenty of people were sheltering from the rain). The usual selection of sandwiches, panini and specials. And staff who weren’t quite sure what they were doing at times.

I opted for the chicken goujon roll with chips and salad, something warming (token side salad excepted) for a gloomy summer’s day. It was reasonable fodder for an afternoon of exploration, nothing ground breaking, just enough to be going on with.

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Wheatsheaf Hotel, Ingleton, July 2018

It’s the classic “first night of holiday” trip to the pub. We are in Yorkshire for a week of camping, and we have the Yorkshire three peaks ahead of us this week, as well as some other, flatter, walks. We decided to stroll down to the village of Ingleton from the camp site, and settled on the Wheatsheaf Inn. It seems that a local couple had also settled on it as their wedding reception venue, as there was a lot of activity out the back, and a large number of wedding guests milling around the bar.

The first pint was a familiar one from across the border, Moorhouse’s Brewery’s Pride of Pendle, full of caramel and malt.

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What to choose to eat when in an unfamiliar pub? Gammon of course, my “go to” dish when trying out a new pub. It was off to a good start before it even arrived, as it was to be accompanied by egg and pineapple. It should always be accompanied by both, never a choice of one or the other. Pineapple has a definite place in savoury dishes, and boo to all those pineapple haters out there (you know who you are). It was also to be accompanied by big fat chips and peas, the classic partners.

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As you can see, it was exactly as advertised, and was really nice. The only let down was the mustard, cheap stuff in a sachet which is never as good as something freshly made. Accompanied by a pint of Gale’s Seafarers Ale, now a Fuller’s beer.

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This was Blandy McBlandface. I swear it was better before they were taken over by Fuller’s but it’s been quite a few years since I had it, so the mind could be playing tricks.

A pleasant town centre pub, just a bit too popular on this particular Saturday night.

Brewdog Fanzine issue 8, July 2018

Yes, we’re diving into another fanzine box, dominated by sequels this time and one new thing, although even that is a resurrection of something brewed for last year’s prototype challenge. Let’s hope it’s better than the prototypes I had last year, because the Prototype Blonde I had in Liverpool was blandness personified.

Pulp Patriot v2 – 9.5% – DDH NE DIPA

This 9.5% milkshake DDH NE DIPA packs mango and peach, while doubling down on the intense hop profile. Milk sugar further sweetens and rounds out the full, juicy flavour.

I’ve still not had v1 yet, I’ve been saving a few of the bigger beasts.

King of Eights v3 – 7.4% – IPA

Three rounds of dry-hopping cranks the fruity, pungent hop aromas through the roof – melon, pine, lemon peel, mango, pineapple; all layered on a smooth, full base that barely registers by bitterness.

Lets hope that they’ve improved on both v1 and v2, the first one was a kind of tribute act NEIPA, and the second one was all Citra and not much more.

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Technicolour Black – 6.5% – Black IPA / Cascadian Dark

An aggressive black IPA with a spicy hit of rye; layers of resinous pine, lime leaf, bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Intense flavours for lovers of bitterness.

My review begs to differ, as it simply says “nothing much to report”.

Pizza Express, Loughborough, July 2018

Another one of our semi-regular pre-cinema haunts. Personally, I think they are over priced and a bit samey. However, we do come back on occasion to see if things have changed. Tonight we came back because somewhere else was full.

Something different was on the menu, with this Italian meats pizza making an appearance. It was ok, but they are still not as good as our local indepenent pizza place, Peter.

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Tonight’s film was Ocean’s 8, an all female re-imagining of Ocean’s 11 with lots of nice nods to the most recent Ocean’s franchise, a very entertaining film in its own right though, and no knowledge of any of the other films needed.

Cafe le Raj, Chipping Norton, July 2018

Hello future camping selves. This is your reminder that Cafe le Raj in Chipping Norton is the right curry house to choose when you are camping at Merryweather. I say this, because we looked back to 2017’s post to check which curry house to go to. It was this one.

I asked past me what I should have, and he said “chicken dhansak again” because it was very tasty the last two times that I had it.

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He was right, very tasty again, nicely spicy and sour with good texture from the lentils. This year I even managed to get a photo of it so future me can check what it looks like.

It was very convenient, Steve sorted out the order online, they rung us back later to confirm, and then it was delivered to the camp site. Perfect for hungry campers in the middle of their own home made beer festival.

The Old Mill Coffee House and Bistro, Chipping Norton, July 2018

A rare thing in more recent times, a breakfast post! It’s been a while since we’ve been out for breakfast, but as we were camping down the road and planning on a mooch around Chippy, we decided to pop in for breakfast/brunch. This place was recommended to us by an RAC employee who Hazel and Matt met yesterday after a minor issue with their Romanian automobile. And by minor I mean their towbar was just moments away from falling off as it hadn’t been installed properly. And that towbar had a caravan attached to it. By some miracle, it didn’t fall off.

A lovely warm day in this currently endless summer found us here in reasonable time for some breakfast/brunch. The staff shuffled a couple of tables around and we had a nice space in the corner, underneath the Velux windows which were open for some breeze, but with their integral blinds (great Velux feature) pulled down to keep the sun out.

Lots of breakfast options to choose from. Full English (usual stuff), Big Breakfast (Full English with another sausage, another egg, black pudding and 2 hash browns), breakfast bap, beans on toast. There are also the usual sandwich/bap/baguette offerings as well as eggs on toast. I opted for the Full English…

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It was a good breakfast (with decent toast – not pictured). Everything cooked perfectly, and all very flavoursome. A lovely little cafe doing good food and tea/coffee etc. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Chipping Norton.