TPN 2016 #19

A holiday is always a good opportunity for triple pork nirvana. However, I have passed up the opportunity a few times this week, because there has been a lot of lovely fish to tempt me, and I do like some fish beside the seaside. The day started as usual with some bacon and egg rolls to fuel our forthcoming cycle ride.

Today, the power of pork was compelling. We had a lovely ride over from Snape to Orford, parked our bikes in the beer garden of The Jolly Sailor, popped in to reserve a table for lunch (it gets busier than you’d imagine for an October lunchtime), had a quick stroll around the village, and then came back to eat. A very nice Cumberland sausage baguette, onion marmalade, salad and vegetbale crisps.

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After a lovely lunch in a lovely seaside pub we carried on with our ride and popped in to Snape Maltings when we had finished, to stock up on some food and drink goodies at The Food Hall – well worth stopping by if you’re in the area.

We drove back to Reydon for a quick shower and change, and then out into Southwold for dinner at The Sole Bay Inn. This pulled pork burger proved to be a perfect way to achieve triple pork nirvana today.

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A well rounded nirvana today and a very tasty one. It’s about quality not quantity.

TPN 2016 #18

Another walking triple pork nirvana, and another one that was finished off in style at the Church House Inn, much like number 17 this year.

As with number 17, a full day of walking today, lots of ups and downs to make us earn our meals. We started the day with the traditional bacon and egg baps that kick off most of our walk days.

No pubs again on today’s walk, so we took our lunch with us, ham and cheese baps once more, as well as some crisps, cake and chocolate.

Back to the Church House for dinner, and as soon as I’d spotted ribs on the menu, I knew it was the dish to take me to triple pork nirvana once more!

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A day of porky goodness!

TPN 2016 #17

Yes, it’s another triple pork nirvana for 2016. A full day of walking today, so we started the day with the traditional bacon and egg baps that kick off many of our walk days.

No pubs on today’s walk, so we took our lunch with us, simple ham and cheese baps as well as some crisps, cake and chocolate.

That just leaves dinner, which was this very tasty honey and mustard pork dish at the Church House pub, just a few hundred yards from our camp site.

Another great day powered by pork!

The Royal Hotel, Hayfield, August 2016 #2

Hang on I hear you say. Weren’t you here last night? Yes, we were. After a rainy day out on the bikes we decided that a nice quiet evening in the pub was required. We had popped in to The Sportsman Inn but they were absolutely rammed, so we walked down in to the village again, and back to the Royal Hotel, as we had enjoyed it last night.

Same drill as last night, grab menus, sit down, order food and drink. First up a pint of Longdendale Lights by Howard Town Brewery, a good session pale ale:-

Dinner was well earned, despite a curtailed ride.  For me it was the Royal burger (beef and horseradish), topped with bacon and cheese and served with a salad garnish and chips, whilst Mrs MOFAD opted for the burger sliders – three mini-burgers of pulled pork, beef and chicken served with chips.

The sliders could have done with something else to accompany them (I donated my coleslaw), and the rolls were a little dry, but the fillings were all good. My burger was nice also, just a hint of horseradish, and a good brioche bun. Despite the silly mesh bucket, we did get plates, and a hint of salad garnish. A very nice burger.

This was accompanied by a Marston’s pale ale, typically average Marston’s stuff.

Thankfully, there was time for another Longdendale Lights since that was much better. There were a few other ales on that I’d had before too. Another nice night at The Royal Hotel, definitely worth popping in if you’re in Hayfield. Although they do stop serving food at 7pm on Sundays, which is slightly annoying on a Bank Holiday weekend! It does pretty much guarantee that we’ll be eating elsewhere tomorrow night though.

Wimbledon Triple Pork Nirvana (TPN 2016 #16)

Yes, this a special edition of triple pork nirvana, but if the opportunity presents itself, you must seize it.

Today’s journey to nirvana began on the train journey to London with a free train breakfast, a decent enough sausage bap accompanied by an awful cup of tea (more like cea once again).

Lunch at Wimbledon was a better sausage baguette, with poor mustard on it:-

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For tea, it was back on the train and a chicken and bacon sandwich.

A pretty special TPN in terms of the day and the location if not in terms of the meals, but one which will be very hard to live up to! This may not appear the most balanced of diets, but there were also 2 bowls of strawberries during the afternoon, a protein rich cereal bar and lots of water (it was a rather hot day).

TPN 2016 #15

It’s 15 for 2016. When we are away on a walking holiday, the chances of triple pork nirvana are always increased. We usually have bacon and egg baps for breakfast, which is a good protein-rich start to the day.

Many of our Lake District walks don’t involve pubs, because not many ever got built on the tops of fells. So lunch is often some kind of sandwich on top of a fell somewhere (hopefully with some shelter out of the wind). Often, that will be a ham and cheese sandwich as we both like these so it’s easy to prepare in the morning. I used to favour roast beef which is probably a childhood thing, as the Sunday roast would always provide a few sandwiches for the school lunch box in the week (although I’m not going to have roast beef with tomato sauce nowadays!)

Today’s TPN was not going to be a TPN as I had some chicken to cook for dinner, but as we got back later than planned, we decided to grab a pizza from LB’s instead, which was a very nice pulled pork pizza, to complete the triple. It was a good pulled pork, not the sickly sweet stuff that you often find.

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I’m sure the next triple will be along soon…

The Mitre, Oxford, May 2016

A quick city centre pub post. We were camping nearby with friends and had decided to have a lazy day mooching around Oxford. We caught the park and ride service into the city centre, and mooched for a while, before hunting out a pub for lunch.

This can be a tricky prospect when there are 9 of you, but with so many pubs to choose from, you should be ok finding somewhere. We struck lucky in The Mitre as one of the staff found us a lovely large round table so we were all soon seated and pondering the menus.

The Mitre is a Beefeater pub, so you’ll know what you’re going to be getting – chain pub grub at a good price. Loads of things to choose from, various menus and deals on throughout the day, and you’ll find something for everyone in your group.

A drink first, and a reliable local beer in the shape of Old Hooky from Hook Norton brewery (who we will be visiting later in the summer). This is a classic malty bitter that shouldn’t let you down.

After much deliberation, everyone had ordered, and food soon arrived. For myself and Mrs MOFAD, that was a chicken, bacon (triple pork nirvana is at stake) and avocado burger, with cheese. Avocado has featured in a lot of food choices since the Great New Zealand Road Trip – it’s very popular in NZ and Mrs MOFAD has taken a particular liking to it.

It worked well in this burger, the creamy texture complementing the salty bacon and mild Monterey Jack cheese. Simple fries and a little bit of coleslaw on the side. Good pub grub, and perfect for our relaxed day of mooching. More mooching was in order, so we passed on dessert and headed out to explore some more.

If you’re looking for somewhere for a group of people to have a simple and tasty lunch in Oxford, this will do you nicely. Chains don’t always have to be bad (are you listening Toby Carvery?)