Triple Pork Nirvana 2017 #3, #tpn2017

It’s been a while since we had a triple pork nirvana. Well, six weeks, but it’s been a lean year for porky triples, for no particular reason, although we’ve been having a lot more salmon and eggs for breakfasts before walks which is often the starting point for any triple.

A good fry up at the pub next to the campsite this morning got the day off to a great start.

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We were exploring Stroud farmer’s market in the morning and grabbed some ham and cheese sandwiches from a nearby deli. And in the evening it was back down the pub for chicken with bacon, mushrooms and a creamy garlic sauce.

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Never mind the quantity, feel the quality.

The Tudor Arms, Slimbridge #2, September 2017

Yes, as promised yesterday, we’re back again. It’s breakfast time, and as it’s only a short walk from camping pitch to pub (and as we’d already booked ourselves in the previous night) it seems right that we should have some breakfast here.

A decent full English, with bonus egg. The good thing about camping with our usual crew and having breakfast together in a pub or cafe is that there’s a healthy market for trading breakfast items. I’m always ready to trade black pudding (filth) and there are always willing egg traders. It makes for a good value breakfast all round.

We’ll be back for dinner.

University of Liverpool catering, September 2017

A selection from my trip this week to the University of Liverpool. Staying in hall style accommodation leads to the usual buffet breakfast, which was actually better than a few hotel ones that I’ve encountered.

Usual buffet sandwich selection for lunch…

And a rather unexciting sausage and mash at dinner time.

At least the pudding was slightly interesting.

More of the same the next day, same breakfast again…

Chicken on a stick and sandwiches with lots of horrid iceberg lettuce.

And then on to conference dinner. A rather lacklustre tomato and mozzarella to start.

That old standby chicken supreme…

And a simple creme brulee.

Nothing very inspiring, but it is quite hard to cater for a few hundred people.

Dodd’s, Ambleside, August 2017

It usually takes about 3 minutes to walk here when we stay in Ambleside. Regular readers may recognise Dodd’s as it has appeared here twice, at either end of 2016.

Today it took us 7 hours to get here from Brothers Water. Via Middle Dodd and Red Screes. So we didn’t take the easy route. Because there isn’t an easy route. There are mountains in the way, so you have to go up and over them. Particularly if you are bagging Wainwrights.

This was the view from Red Screes earlier on this afternoon.

Once we had arrived in Ambleside, it was a simple choice.

“Pizza?”

“Pizza”

That means Dodd’s. We always come here for pizza. I always have the same beer:-

The good thing about nerdy beer app Untappd is that it can tell you things like this. It tells me that I’ve had Brathay Gold three times. All at Dodd’s. It’s obviously a head turner, as the man at the next table wanted to check it out, and was soon ordering one for himself.

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In keeping with the “same, same” theme, I had the same pizza. I always have the Cumbrian, because it is delicious. Breakfast on a pizza. Slices of Cumberland sausage, pancetta and a local cheese, all topped off with a fried egg. The egg on a pizza always creates divisions amongst MOFAD fans – there are many who turn their noses up at the idea but it really works. I always save it until last as it’s the best bit!

Same same!

It’s fair to say that we’ve earnt a pudding today, this fruity take on a tiramisu had Mrs MOFAD’s eyes lighting up!

We had soon demolished it. Out of the corner of Mrs MOFAD’s eye, she had spotted a taxi arriving at the Market Cross where the taxi rank is, so we paid up and headed for that. We were soon speeding up “The Struggle”, down the Kirkstone pass, and back to the camp site in no time at all. It was certainly an easier journey than the one that got us here 🙂

Another lovely visit to Dodd’s, next time it might be an easier journey though.

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!

Breakfast at The Brotherswater Inn, Sykeside, Cumbria, August 2017

The best way to start the day, particularly a day on which you are about to attempt 4 Wainwrights, is with a cooked breakfast. We had breakfast here when we last stayed, and it was good, so we had no qualms about coming in this morning. They had just had a load of people in before we arrived, so were a little flustered, but we sat down and ordered at the bar after a few minutes. A steaming pot of tea arrived, along with some toast, and then soon afterwards 2 plates of full English breakfast.

A well proportioned breakfast. Two pieces of bacon, two sausages, mushrooms, beans, a fried egg, a grilled tomato and two pieces of fried bread. It’s not often you see fried bread nowadays, but it’s a nice occasional treat. The bacon was really nice, the sausages were good, the mushrooms were nicely cooked as was the egg.

A champion breakfast to start the day.

The Hay Loft, Northleach, June 2017

Another campsite cafe post. We get around to a few campsites every summer, so these campsite cafe posts are inevitables. The Hay Loft at Northleach is attached to a very pleasant campsite which also has a climbing wall and various other outdoor activities. More importantly for us, it opens for breakfast and lunch (not dinner) so is an easy option when camping at the site.

On the Friday afternoon we stopped in for lunch, a simple ham and cheese toastie with crisps and salad, accompanied by a (bottled) pint of Cerberus Loose from local Force Brewery which was a decent, hoppy, pale ale (although more of an amber really).

Not the most exciting toastie in the world (plain sliced white), but tasty ham and cheese which makes up for the very plain bread.

The next morning we wandered down for breakfast, tea served in those enamel/tin mugs that we had on scout camp in the 1980s, and a distinctly average sausage sandwich.

We were back again for lunch on Saturday (same, same, but same), and it wasn’t quite as toasted today.

This is the main reason for visiting this site though, Mrs MOFAD in full flight on the climbing wall:-

A nice little campsite with a reasonable cafe.