Inglenook Fish and Chips, Ingleton, August 2018

Yorkshire three peaks. Done! After a long descent from Ingleborough, and then a detour to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, we weren’t in the mood for a pub trip tonight, so stopped off in Ingleton to pick up fish’n’chips from Inglenook before heading back to the camp site.

We had popped in on Sunday afternoon so that Mrs MOFAD could confirm that this was yet another Yorkshire establishment that doesn’t serve Yorkshire fish cakes. For those not in the know, a Yorkshire fishcake isn’t mashed fish and potato, instead a slice of fish is placed between two slices of potato, battered and then deep fried. That’s purely academic though, because Inglenook don’t do them.

What they do instead is a classic portion of fish’n’chips, as well as some rather nice fish goujons which Mrs MOFAD had to make do with, due to the lack of the aforementioned Yorkshire fish cake.

A rather untidy photo, because if you’ve just finished the Yorkshire three peaks (spread over three days), eating takes precedence over food styling…

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Wainwright always liked to have fish’n’chips after his fell walking exploits, they are very good for refuelling. A Yorkshire classic on Yorkshire day.

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Fish and chips at Highfield Farm Touring Park, Comberton, Cambridgeshire, July 2018

Yes, it’s another camping fish’n’chips post. If you have some kind of mobile fish’n’chip facility, get friendly with your local campsite, and suggest that you turn up on a weekend evening to cater for hungry campers. It’s a licence to print money because who is going to turn down fish’n’chips? Especially just a couple of hours after England beat Sweden 2-0 in the 2018 World Cup quarter final, and there are some very “refreshed” people on the campsite who need to get some substantial food inside them.

That was not us. We had undertaken the small matter of a 10 mile walk in 30 degree heat instead. We were definitely in need of sustenance, but for different reasons, due to extreme calorie expenditure.

This is why there is no photo of tonight’s tea. It was hoovered up at extreme speed. It took us about 20x longer to order and wait for it than it did to eat it (everything is freshly cooked to order, and there were a large number of refreshed people ahead of us in the queue). It was delicous, crispy battered cod and nicely crisp chips, all from a van. Great stuff.

Instead, here is a photo of some wild chicory. There’s quite a lot of it growing around the area, although we did have to Google it when we got back to the site to confirm what it was.

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We have stayed at Highfield Farm Touring Park several times now. The current fish’n’chip van is different to the one we frequented on our last visit, but it is still very good. Another reason to stay at this lovely campsite.

 

Fish’n’Chips at Riverside Caravan Park, Hurley, June 2018

Yes, it’s that standard combination of fish, chips and camping once more. This weekend we find ourselves in Hurley, just down the road from Henley upon Thames, home to the famous regatta which will be in town next weekend.

Not too many “hooray Henrys” on the campsite tonight, just plenty of hungry people looking to partake in fish’n’chips from a van. A decent size of van this one, and they were knocking out fish’n’chips at a rate of knots (all freshly cooked to order).

Once again, there’s no photo because we were very hungry, and keen to soak up a little alcohol that had been imbibed as part of the first of this year’s “camping mini beer festivals”. Big beer festivals tend to be a rather dull affair so we’ve taken to holding our own, by sharing bottles and cans that we’ve been storing up over the winter.

Instead you can make do with this photo of the sun going down over the Thames.

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The fish’n’chips were very tasty, not the best that we’ve ever had, but they certainly filled a gap which needed filling with food.

The Lazy Trout, Meerbrook, May 2018

This was a hard earned dinner. We only just made it on time. We foolishly thought that we’d have plenty of time to get back to the camp site, have a cup of tea and some cake, and then have a shower and go to the pub. A 14 mile walk over 9 hours put paid to that idea. We just had enough time to get back to the car and drive back to The Lazy Trout, a pub we went to not one, not two, but three times in April 2017.

We fell into the little dining area at the back, exhausted, but glad that we had booked in advance (online, because it’s 2018!) A good start to the evening took the form of Indian Runner by Wincle Brewery, named after the comedy ducks, a decent pale ale with citrus hints. It didn’t last long!

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Mrs MOFAD had gone for the obvious curry choice and enjoyed it very much. I filled up on protein with this big beefy burger, which was absolutely gorgeous, I love a decent burger and this was definitely one of those, nice crisp bacon and big flavoured cheese added to the experience. Even the salad was more than the token limp iceberg found in other places.

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It’s fair to say that we had earned another beer and a pudding (or gin and a pudding if you are Karon or Mrs MOFAD). The beer was Black Grouse Stout by Staffordshire Brewery, smooth chocolate hints and very easy drinking. It matched well with the last bit of burger, and equally as well with the pudding.

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That pudding was this lovely pavlovian item, lots of lovely early season strawberries, perfectly whipped cream and crisp meringue nests.

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A delightful return to one of my pubs of the month from April last year (I still haven’t picked a winner as there were so many good ones). This is a fantastic pub with great food and drink and lovely people. Definitely worth a visit, even if you haven’t had a 14 mile walk beforehand!

Savages Fish & Chips, Caistor, May 2018

It’s a quick fish’n’chip shop post. It’s been a lovely sunny day, and we are in Caistor for the long weekend to enjoy a few lovely walks in the sunshine. We started this afternoon, walking around Mausoleum Woods on the Brocklesby Estate. I don’t think we’ve ever seen so many mausolea in one place.

We finished our walk around 6pm and then headed back to Caistor to pick up some fish’n’chips and then take them back to the campsite for some al fresco dining.

We were starving and everyone had soon wolfed down their fish’n’chips (and other non fish items). So fast in fact that there are no photos of this fabled meal, so instead here’s a sunset photo.

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All you need to know is that the fish’n’chips were lovely, freshly cooked, crisp batter and still piping hot when we got back. The added bonus was the overheard awkward conversation in the chip shop. It is sandwiched between a Co-op and a Co-op funeral directors. A small child was asking their grandparent what a funeral was, and specifically “do we need one?” The response came back, quick as a flash, “let’s talk about that later…”

Plank & Leggit, Sawley Marina, March 2018

Another night out with walking friends, where someone else chooses the pub and we’re really just there for the chat and a bite to eat. Same story tonight, a chance to catch up with a few people who we’ve not seen for a while, and a few who are regulars in these pages.

Tonight, the pub classic of fish’n’chips, which was nothing special and Mrs MOFAD had a pub curry, which was better.

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You might just catch a glimpse of my pint of lime and soda. Because despite being just a few hundred yards from an actual brewery, there’s only Greene King filth available here. Lime and soda it is. Every time.

The Marquis Cornwallis, Bloomsbury, March 2018

A lunch stop in London. The Marquis, affectionately known (by Mrs MOFAD and I at least) as the Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames’ character from Pulp Fiction) is a pub that has featured here before. Having stayed at the hotel opposite a number of times, it’s somewhere I’ve been to quite a bit.

As I was in the area, I popped in for lunch, and there was time for a drink and a sandwich. The drink was another Thornbridge beer, thanks to their craft beer residency also being here. This was Ena, a nitro milk stout that was smooth, sweet and creamy. Little coffee hint and plenty of roastiness.

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Lunch was a posh fish finger sandwich (I love a posh fish finger) and chips, and was perfectly pleasant.

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It’s good to see that the Marquis is still on good form after a recent refit. More than can be said for our more local Marquis Wellington, which we are still boycotting.