Triple Pork Nirvana 2017 #2

A very hard earned TPN today, and only the second one of the year. A full English at The Brotherswater Inn:-

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Followed by ham and cheese rolls on the way up to The Knott, one of four Wainwrights that we conquered today (the others being High Street, Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag). After we finished our descent, back to The Brotherswater Inn for a nice plate of gammon:-

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Tasty and rewarding!

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The Brotherswater Inn, Sykeside, Cumbria, August 2017 #3

Veni, vidi, vici.

We returned triumphant, another 4 Wainwrights conquerered, which takes our overall total to 80. We had a lovely walk, taking in The Knott, High Street, Thornthwaite Crag and Gray Crag. We got back a little bit later than planned, partly due to battling 50mph winds on our descent from Gray Crag. Another pleasant evening outside, so there were still a few tables available inside. We picked the window seat at the other end from last night, and perused the menu once more. Another pint of Tirril Eden Valley for me, and more cider for Mrs MOFAD.

Continuing the theme of last night, Mrs MOFAD had what I had 24 hours ago, venison casserole, topped with sauteed kale and accompanied by sweet potato fries. Triple pork nirvana was at stake, so I had the gammon steak, topped with pineapple and grilled tomato.

It was lovely, and a perfect plate of protein after today’s long walk. A nice touch was the snipping of the fat to prevent the steak from curling up, which is something that you don’t see very often. The salad was a bit of a token effort, but the meaty star attraction more than made up for that.

No time to linger tonight, we retired to the Barn End Bar next door for quiz night.

Sherwin Arms, Bramcote, January 2017, visit 2

Another quick and simple post. You might have deja vu. We do, because we came to this very pub just seven days ago. As with the last visit, another opportunity to catch up with friends presented itself, so we returned to this increasingly familiar pub.

Once again we were just looking for something simple so Mrs MOFAD had the chicken tikka again (always a fan of a pub curry). I opted for the “sizzling” gammon, served on a sizzling platter of onions and mushrooms with chips with peas, and a choice of fried egg or pineapple. This “choice” annoys me. You should be able to have both. If you don’t have one or the other available, fine. If both are available, serve it with both.

The little dish of peas is also an annoyance. Why do they need to be in a separate dish? Just makes them harder to eat! The sizzling gimmick iron thing, I can vaguely understand (although it’s not really necessary), as they do seem to love the drama of trailing a plume of smoke through the pub with a sizzling dish.

Once again Mrs MOFAD liked the curry, and my gammon was reasonable. The gimmicky presentation just gets in the way of things though. Not really the kind of place where you get some decent English mustard to go with your gammon either, but pleasant chain pub grub.

No beer review tonight, because once again I didn’t have one. Still only Greene King “IPA” available, there is another pump that should have some actual beer on it, but seven days later and there’s still nothing on.

As with last week, there was a pub quiz on, but we couldn’t hang around so headed off…

The Pig in Muck, Claybrooke Magna

Another visit to this pub, which is on a regular walking route for us. We’ve been here a few times in the last 4 or 5 years, but haven’t done this walk for a couple of years, so it was nice to pop in for lunch today.

On Sundays they concentrate on their carvery menu, a selection of roasts for a good price. And this is proper pub carvery, none of that Toby carvery nastiness. However, they do also cater for those of us wanting something lighter (because we are cooking our own Sunday roast later on), with your choice of roast meat in a baguette, with salad and chips.

As you can see, this is still a very substantial lunch, and a very tasty one. A roast gammon baguette with a good salad and a good portion of chips. It was very nice indeed, accompanied by a pint of Pig Brewing Weiner bitter, a hoppy and bitter golden ale, very easy drinking and brewed on site too.

The Pig in Muck is a lovely little village pub, well worth stopping off at during your next walk in the area or if you are passing on the nearby A5.

MOFAD approved!