Sunday, 14 September 2014

Back in Action!

What a great spell of weather we are having in the UK, almost an Indian Summer, following the excellent weather we have enjoyed for most of the year.

The lure of the Morgan, plus the additional incentive of spending a couple of hours in a brewery, celebrating one of my oldest friend's 70th birthday was just too much to resist.
National Trust property, Sizergh Castle.
First stop was the National Trust property of Sizergh Castle where we each enjoyed an indifferent coffee, which, in view of its quality was exorbitantly priced. We don't mind paying for quality, although it has to be said that we do wish outlets would serve coffee in smaller sized cups.
Lakeland Headquarters, Windermere
On to Lakeland Plastics Headquarters in Windermere, a frequent stopping place when we are in the Lakes, where my lovely wife wanted to buy some indispensible kitchen items!
Almost in Staveley
Then to the main event which was being held at the 'Hawkshead Brewery' in Stavely, just a few miles south of Windermere. They have an incredible range of super beers that were tackled with gusto by the members of the party who had travelled by train but alas I was somewhat restricted by my self imposed limit.
The Brewery
A tight fit in the Car Park
I must admit that I am not particularly fond of lunchtime drinking or eating for that matter , no matter what quantity, as it leaves not just me, but both of us, feeling somewhat bloated and sleepy. Not an ideal state for a drive down the M6 on the return journey.

My pal had booked a table for eleven upstairs in the restaurant which was ideal.

We started the meal with two giant sized 'Huntsmans' pies, followed in our case by a regular and a large sized fish and chips which were superb. The batter was perfect and the chips delightful, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle...yummy!

As expected, after what was a delightful occasion, we emerged bloated but happy for the return journey.

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