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.

 

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The Plank & Leggit, Sawley, July 2018

This is another of those occasions where we don’t get to choose the pub. We’d been out walking with friends around Shardlow and Castle Donington earlier in the day, and were due to meet more friends here early in the evening. We abandoned the second part of our walk due to the scorchio temperatures and headed to the pub early. Normally this is a cause for celebration. In the case of a Greene King “IPA” establishment, it’s a cause for lime and soda.

So we sat back with some refreshing not-beer, and planned some future walks whilst waiting for other friends to arrive. When they began to arrive, I headed to the bar to order food, and another tasty pint of lime and soda.

Tonight’s dinner was “Route 66”, a burger topped with cheese, BBQ pulled pork rib meat, 2 hash browns and a free-range fried egg. Reasonable fodder, nothing special. Enough to replace lost calories afer a warm walk in the heat of the day…

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Another of those pub visits where you know that all of the beer that you own has been looked after far better than the dull casks delivered here each week.

Mr Singh, Curry King, Riverside Caravan Park, Hurley, June 2018

Yes, another camping/takeaway crossover post. Just like last night, a local business arrives at the campsite to cook up tasty food for hungry campers. From an old converted VW Camper van, which fits right in on a campsite.

Mr Singh is a home delivery service, cooking up curry creations in the kitchen at home and sending them out for delivery in the local area, as well as taking the camper van out and about to events as well as regular bookings like turning up at this campsite.

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They have a simple menu of just a few items (as you might expect from a home kitchen outfit) which have been cooked at home and are kept warm on portable stoves. When we arrived they had nearly sold out, so we got the last of the achari chicken (one of my favourites), the last naan, and some pilau rice and a chicken tikka.

There’s also a jar of free lollipops on the counter, so you can have a little sweet treat while you wait or when you’ve finished. Nice friendly people, we had a good chat whilst waiting for our dinner, which was very tasty and had that home made level of spiciness (more spice than your average high street curry).

The Planet Pavilion Café – Jodrell Bank – May 2018 – chaos theory in action

When you are surrounded by such awesome science, you might expect the simple things like a cafe to be equally good. On a scorching bank holiday they were very busy, but that’s not necessarily a sign that they were any good, being possessors of a very literal captive audience (there are no other options for a good few miles unless you bring your own).

A reasonable queue, but one which was moving along nicely. The reason for that became clear as Mrs MOFAD ordered. They took your order for items on display. You paid. And then you go to your table, drop some stuff off, and go back to pick up your order. Which is still sitting in the cabinet, so other people could be ordering it, not knowing if they are going to be able have it, because one or more people could have already secured it ahead of them. It was chaos theory in action. Orders were coming out seemingly at random, and there were just not enough people around to organise this chaos.

Eventually we did get some tasty lunches and enormous portions (although you would expect these sizes for the price paid), but the overwhelming flavour was of chaos as opposed to coronation/lightly curried chicken. And there was a lot of celery in the salad. Who wants that? Celery is not MOFAD approved.

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It seems they are trading on the rather good views you get of this thing…

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Must try harder!

Caistor Chinese Takeaway, Caistor, May 2018

The final entry in the camping takeaway trilogy for this long weekend, the incredibly imaginatively titled, Caistor Chinese Takeaway. Another lovely day out walking, and again we didn’t really fancy a walk to the pub, so another takeaway was in order. Sadly, this one did not deliver, so we had to rely on Mark driving us up into town to pick it up.

Much like last night, I went for one of my default options when visiting a new Chinese takeaway, kung po chicken, the spicy version of sweet and sour. This proved to be a good choice, although there was variation once more. Very few cashew nuts (I like lots) and no pineapple (which cuts through the chilli when included). A decent dinner though, helped by free prawn crackers of course 🙂

And once again, no picture because it all got wolfed down with great speed. So you’ll have to make do with some crop fields from earlier…

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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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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…”