Asaya Thai, Keswick, December 2018

Our updated tradition is to have a Thai takeaway on NYE. For many years, we had a Chinese takeaway on New Year’s Eve. With the closure of Ambleside favourite Jade Garden, this tradition was threatened. We did try an alternative a few years ago, but it wasn’t so good. In 2014 and 2015 we switched to Thai, with visits to Jintana in Ambleside. We switched back to Chinese in 2016 at Lucky Dragon, but last year we were back with Thai at Star of Siam in Keswick, somewhere we’ve been pretty much every time we’ve been to Keswick.

This year we were switching again, trying Asaya Thai, which is not much more than a stone’s throw from our usual Keswick accommodation. The main issue was the lack of menu anywhere – none in a flat filled with a million irrelevant leaflets, and absolutely nothing online. It feels so weird in 2018 to not have an online presence with a menu, but they aren’t the only place lacking such a presence. I’ve had loads of hits from people searching for “Dinner Box (Chinese takeaway), Boroughbridge” (because I wrote a review about it which mentions that it also has no online presence).

The good news is that they do takeaways, and have a limited menu that they offer to take away. This is a good approach I think, as they can knock out more dishes to takeaway customers without over complicating things by offering over 100 dishes. They have many of the classics like chicken & cashew nuts, Pad Thai, chicken satay (pictured) and Massaman curry (chicken version pictured).

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A lovely dinner to close out the year, celebrating climbing 30 Wainwrights (plus 1 outlier) and so much more. Definitely a great Thai in Keswick.

We’re off to bed early since tomorrow is forecast to be a lovely day, and there are more Wainwrights to conquer.

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Fish’n’chips (from a van), Clumber Park, September 2018

Probably the last camping trip of the year, and very possibly the last time we will be having fish’n’chips “from a van”.

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As I’ve mentioned many times over the summer, many camp sites are getting regular visits from food vans, and the site at Clumber Park is no exception. Tonight it’s fish’n’chips and tomorrow night it will be pizza.

It was probably the least good fish’n’chips we’ve had this summer. That’s not to say it was bad, just not brilliant. Think they probably needed to turn the temperature up on the fryer, but the portion size was good. They are on site most Friday nights.

300 Spartans, Loughborough, September 2018 (fish’n’chips NOT from a van!)

Yes, you read the headline correctly. Fish’n’chips NOT from a van! A rare occurrence indeed, but a necessary one tonight. I’ve just got back from Manchester, so we stopped at the 300 (Zoo) Spartans on the way back to pick up some dinner.

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Not the most artfully arranged plate of food in the world (I’m no food stylist!) but I was starving and wanted to shove all of that fishy goodness into my face.

There are some who argue that this is the best fish’n’chips in Leicestershire. I say that award goes to Rothley Fisheries, but this is one of Loughborough’s best.

Fish’n’chips, Blackmore Camping and Caravan Club, Worcestershire, August 2018

A soggy start to our Bank Holiday camping adventure. A little bit of rain when we were setting up camp, and then quite a lot more rain when we cycled up to Great Malvern to have a bit of an explore. In the end, we just explored Caffè Nero to warm up and wait for the rain to stop.

We got back to the camp site, dried off a bit and then made our way over to get fish’n’chips *from a van*. This is a long running joke when camping. In fact, the van was a converted horsebox, not the first one that we’ve come across either. On a soggy Friday night, they were doing a roaring trade, with plenty of captive campers taking the easy option for Friday night dinner.

We chose fish’n’chips and mini fish’n’chips. They were both good but the mini fish’n’chips was a bit of a rip off, as they just chopped up a bigger bit of fish and gave you a much smaller portion of chips. If it was half the price for half the food, you might understand. At 75% of the price for about 33% of the food, it feels like a massive con. A child’s portion at an adult price.

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This weekend I have also come up with a new Camping and Caravanning Club motto. “You can’t spell leisure without rules.”

Dinner Box (Chinese takeaway), Boroughbridge, August 2018

AKA the place that seems not to exist on the internet. Apart from food hygiene ratings (good) and a couple of random pictures on restaurantguru.com (which I’d never heard of until now), this place seems not to exist. However, we can confirm that it does because we rung them up, placed an order, and then went out and collected it (they don’t deliver). The name doesn’t really give you a clue as to what they do, a Chinese takeaway that also has a few Thai dishes on the menu.

A varied selection from our party as usual, although a few of us went for the Kung po chicken, which is my “go to” dish, and it was a very warm one. Lots of red chilli in this to give it a proper spicy kick, and I think a little too hot for some of our dining companions who ordered it. I suffered no ill effects though 🙂 A lack of pineapple, and not enough cashew nuts, so not a perfect KPC, but very tasty.

No photos as this was another occasion where hunger overtook the photo instinct!

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.

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).