The Sultan of Keswick, January 2019

It’s the end of our Lakes holiday. The weather has been very kind to us, seven walks and seven more Wainwrights added to our total, which now stands at 123, with 91 to go. We’ve completed book 6, the North Western Fells.

As it’s a Friday night, we’re having curry as usual, and treating ourselves to a takeaway. Regular readers will know that we very rarely eat in at a curry house as they just don’t have anything that we would like to drink. The beer and cider that we have bought from local shops is way better than what’s on offer here, so our #tryanuary adventure is continuing at home tonight after a couple of nights out down the pub.

In keeping with the spirit of #tryanuary, we’re trying a new curry house, The Sultan of Keswick. We usually go to Lakeland Spice Cuisine, so we decided to take a chance on this one. The first thing you notice is that the price is much higher than everywhere else in town, even with a 20% discount for takeaways.

I went for one of my usual selections when trying out a new curry house, chicken shatkora, a chicken curry with small pieces of a citrus fruit known sometimes as a wild orange. I love the sourness of this fruit with the richness of a curry sauce, but tonight there was an enormous lack of fruit, although plenty of chicken. And lots of spiciness, probably the spiciest shatkora that I’ve ever had.

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It was accompanied by a lovely naan bread. Overall, it was not bad, but I don’t think it’s better than our usual haunt.

On to that #tryanuary bit. I like a spot of IPA with my curry, and this Eden River Brew Co “Yakama” was full of dry and fruity bitterness, lovely west coast stylings. Very tasty stuff, one of their best, up with Amber Rocket.

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If you think that Eden River Brew Co sound a bit familiar, it’s because until last summer they were known as “Eden Brewery”, changing to something more “craft-oriented” (their words) to get them recognised outside of Cumbria. I’ve been drinking their beer before they were trendy 🙂

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BBC Good Food Show Winter, The NEC, November 2018

So here we are again, the annual visit to the Good Food Show. A compressed trip this year, as we had a discounted ticket which meant you couldn’t get in before 11am, and Mrs MOFAD had an appointment with an aircraft this afternoon (off to Munich for work).

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Luckily, the show was smaller this year, so we managed to do everything in 4 hours. There seems to be a trend towards shrinking over the last few years, and there were so many producers missing. No Port of Lancaster smokehouse, no Dean’s Shortbread, no Geeta’s, no Debbie & Andrew’s. No White’s, no Wild, no Saucy Fish, no Yorkshire Provender.

The most startling thing was the lack of breweries. I think 2016 was probably the high point for this, whilst this year there were only 5 or 6. Barely any cider makers this year too. Still lots of gin dominating the drinks village. Good to see our friends at the Curry Sauce Co back again (and they are now available in Ocado too!)

I met some fellow ministers:-

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and as usual we sampled some good food and drink, the standard random selection of beer, cheese, apples, gin, chocolate, sausages, pears, biscuits, chutneys, sauces and chicken teryaki. Definitely a much smaller show this year, but we still returned with a decent haul (some items not pictured for reasons).

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Hey you, up in the sky…

Not the first appearance of plane food in these pages. That was back during the New Zealand adventure in 2016, when Air New Zealand earned the MOFAD seal of approval. Today’s BA flight to Denver was less impressive, with a token curry (chicken tikka-ish type thing), and a chicken mayonnaise sandwich just before we landed. Another one that required a saladectomy to remove

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There was a tasty bonus in the middle of the night/flight (depending on which timezone you imagine this happening in). A mid-air Magnum!

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A nice cooling snack to enjoy between films. I managed three on today’s flight, Deadpool 2, Avengers : Infinity War and Solo : A Star Wars Story. The films were better than the food. At this point I’ve been awake for 17 hours…

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).

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.

Nadirah Indian Takeaway, Caistor, May 2018

The camping and takeaway theme continues. A lovely long walk today, so we didn’t really fancy another walk to the pub (and back), so we decided to order takeaway curry for delivery to the campsite. A decent menu of interesting things to choose from, and everyone found something to pique their interest.

I went for one of my usual selections when trying out a new curry house, chicken shatkora, a chicken curry with small pieces of a citrus fruit known sometimes as a wild orange. I love the sourness of this fruit with the richness of the curry sauce, and it was accompanied by a lovely naan bread. There was just enough time to capture an image for posterity.

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Dog & Gun, Keswick, January 2018

What am I doing in a Greene King pub for #tryanuary? Visits to Greene King pubs during last year’s #tryanuary ended up with lime and soda, because they had no decent beer on.  A sad affair indeed.

No such problems here. The Dog & Gun is a Keswick institution. Mention its name, and you’ll always get one word back. Goulash. Despite the recent refit and refurb, it has retained some of its former character but it’s not quite what it was.

Thankfully, they still have good beer and not just Greene King “IPA”. First up was Wai-iti from Allendale Brewery in Northumberland. This was a cracking cask pale ale with a lovely little hop profile.

Dinner next, and no goulash for me tonight. The rest of the menu is pretty standard pub fare, and lasagne with garlice bread and salad is now part of that definition, since you’ll find it in so many pubs nowadays.

It was pretty standard stuff, nothing earth shattering but enough to make a pleasant meal. It was accompanied by a pint of Monumental from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, a simple blonde ale that hits the spot.

A pleasant pub trip but it’s not what it once was, and it’s in no way the best pub in Keswick nowadays. That honour definitely goes to The Wainwright.