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Bell and Compass, Oxford, Chippy Challenge #121   2 comments

Bell and Compass fish chips mushy peas and nachos

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: Nachos. Chips. Mushy peas.
Evaluation: Ghastly, but the fish was tiny (silver linings, etc).  The tortilla chips in the nachos were cheese flavoured Doritos and the salsa was a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce (I think this was supposed to go with the fried mushrooms I passed on as a starter).  The mushy peas were a firm paste that further solidified as the endurance test progressed.  At least it was cheap. Absolutely horrid…what a surprise.
Days since last: 2 (The Chippy, Didcot)
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DT #346, 12 December 2014 (Full Sail Wassail)   Leave a comment

Full Sail Wassail

 

Only one full week
And two more days after that
Til Xmas pig out.

Name: Full Sail Wassail
Type: dark ale
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: 6% abv and bitter but with a fruity finish.  Stuck waiting for the next bus as a delay made the last one packed to the gills (expecting two at once, soon, and can see them from this window).

Full Sail Wassail pump

 

Today’s run while waiting for users to finish with instruments (have to shut down the lab over the weekend) was 3.9 miles looping up Marston Ferry Road.  Brrr.

2014-12-12 lab shutdown run

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Royal Standard, Oxford, Chippy Challenge #119   1 comment

Cod and Chips Royal Standard

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: chips and mushy peas
Evaluation: Very good for a pub, especially good for a pub with so many mouthy youths around.  Spectacular landlord here, though. You should go there.

I had originally planned on the Butcher’s Arms for the lunch at the mid-point of a 7 mile or so run but this was actually closer to my G-Had/hash prelay inspection.  Just as well, in the long run.

Days since last: 4 (South Cerney Fish and Chips, South Cerney)

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DT #342, 8 December 2014 (Adnams Yuletide)   1 comment

Adnams Yuletide

 

John Lydon (piss drunk),
Sheldonian Theatre,
Oxford Monday night.

Name: Adnams Yuletide
Type: bitter
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

John Lydon 1a

Review/notes: Dirty and repetitive and alcoholic: butter salesman and former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten spoke at the Sheldonian Theatre (designed by Christopher Wren, a fabulous venue). If you’ve seen him on tele twice (or more) then you’ve heard everything he said tonight, but it was still fun…in the way getting stuck in a bar conversation with a thoroughly lubricated old cunt can be once you resign yourself to it (meet me down the pub sometime if you’d like to test this theory).

The beer was likewise earthy, derivative (of other Adnams ales), and strong.  A winter warmer for standing on a cold train station platform.

John Lydon 2a

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Oxford Fish and Chips, Oxford, Chippy Challenge #117   1 comment

Oxford Fish and Chips cod and chips

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: chips
Evaluation: The newest chippy in Oxford opened Friday so Monday was my first chance to try it out.  Delicious but very stingy: a very small handful of chips and a “large” portion of fish smaller than most places sell as a small.  At least it was also expensive (£6.50).
Days since last: 2 (Crispy Cod, Worcester)

Oxford Fish and Chips
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DT #330, 26 November 2014 (Fireside Ale)   1 comment

Fireside Ale

Pieced back together
Machines on the Razor’s Edge
For the holiday.

Name: Fireside Ale
Type: bitter
Venue: Red Lion, Marston

Review/notes: A misty morning and nippy noon combined for a languorous Lion lunch lope.

Alliteration aside, it is the day before my Thanksgiving break (the holiday will be the last thing I squeeze out of my American pustule) and I dashed around to put critically ill instruments into induced comas while making mildly sick ones usable for a couple of days.

The Fireside was quite nice…chestnut in colour and walnut in flavour (bitter, astringent, and a bit varnish-y like I like).

2014-11-26 red lion out and back

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DT #328, 24 November 2014 (Tuborg)   Leave a comment

Tuborg

Read Buffett liners,
“And get drunk on Tuborg beer.”
Oxford, Come Monday.

Name: Tuborg
Type: lager
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: Two Mondays in a row meeting Jackie at the Fork Handles and I really fancied a lager before the ride home.  She had been to the libraries and then did a bit of used record shopping coming up with a copy of A White Sportcoat And a Pink Crustacean, so a Tuborg it had to be.

Oh, right…the holiday running streak continued with 3.2 miles after a sub-group meeting with the boss (despite my broken toe suffered overnight…more on that tomorrow).  Did a trot through the University Park then out toward Summertown before looping back to the labs.  Nippy out.

2014-11-24 oxford 3.2miles

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