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DT #353, 19 December 2014 (Hooky Mild)   Leave a comment

Hooky Mild

Friday pre-Christmas:
The best early escape day.
Back at it Monday.

Name: Hooky Mild
Type: mild
Venue: Greyhound, Besselsleigh

Hooky Mild pump

Review/notes: With work all day last Sunday in my pocket, I took off at lunchtime for a run to get some fish and chips then head on home to Swindon.  The route was cold but I was soon drenched in sweat from the muddy hill climb and by the time I rolled into the Greyhound I just wanted my beverage and then to duck outdoors to strip down and put on my dry kit.  With steam pouring off me in the sunny garden I should have been the most appreciative taster on the planet but, unusually for Hook Norton and milds in general, this was thin and reedy.  Better runs planned for tomorrow, but this is today.

2014-12-19 early Friday to Besselsleigh

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Leo Fish and Chips, Wootton, Oxfordshire, Chippy Challenge #122   2 comments

Leo Fish and Chips Wootton Oxon cod

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

Fish: cod
Sides: none
Evaluation: Too much batter but otherwise flawless.  This assessment may be due to running 6½ miles in the cold on an empty stomach just beforehand.
Days since last: 1 (Bell and Compass, Oxford)
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Leo Fish and Chips Wootton Oxon

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Wallingford Arms, Didcot, Oxfordshire   Leave a comment

Wallingford Arms Didcot

Having polished off the heavy fish and chip meal, I restarted my third run of the night to loop back to Didcot Station (the first was the pre-emptive attempt to attend the lab Christmas Party).  It was raining fairly hard and I was carrying a 20 kg backpack full of other wet gear and was suddenly overcome with thirst.  The Wallingford appeared over the top of my fogged glasses and I ventured in.

Friendly enough inside (there were actually some people around the corner from where I took the bar picture), I was happy to sit in something like a roadhouse and drink a strong cider to straightforward rock ‘n’ roll blaring from the tannoy.  I think last call was at 10:30 because the barkeep rang a bell and the music shifted to Taylor Swift — alright, alright…I’m drinking up already, you don’t have to be cruel about it.

Wallingford Arms Didcot bar

Posted 2014/12/17 by Drunken Bunny in pubs, running streak

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Red Lion, Marston, Oxfordshire, Chippy Challenge #114   2 comments

Red Lion Marston fish and chips

 

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

Fish: cod
Sides: chips and peas

Evaluation:  A light but still very tasty batter: I think there was plenty of baking powder in it or in the flour it was rolled in pre- or post-battering.  There was also a nicely sulfurous whiff to the aftertaste but not in the batter or fish itself (I reckon that is from the beer used for the batter.  The chips were spectacular as well and the tartar sauce ALMOST tempted me to ignore my aversion to mayonnaise as it was almost solid with fresh herbs.  Truly the Red Lion has one of the better pub fish and chips and could easily make the top ten if the peas were better (or mushy); this was my first lunch run here, but not my last.

Days since last: 4 (Robinson’s Traditional F&C, Bowerhill)
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The Lighthouse, Oxford   6 comments

Lighthouse sign

Shithole.  Fucking yuppy shithole.  Elegant, mind you, but overpriced and with waitrons that cop an attitude.  Enjoy your empty “pub,” folks (or, should I say “cocktail bar”?).

Lighthouse Oxford cocktails

Someone should run a book on when Lighthouse goes out of business.  With the holidays on us, they will get through the New Year so I would place my wager on sometime in March or April (let’s arbitrarily say Easter Monday), possibly taking their sister (the Cowley Retreat) down with them.

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

 

Posted 2014/11/13 by Drunken Bunny in gambling, pubs

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Prince of Wales, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, Chippy Challenge #109   2 comments

Prince of Wales Shrivenham F&C

 

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

Fish: cod
Sides: chips and peas
Evaluation: The photo doesn’t do this justice…the fish was quite large and the chips (far too artfully stacked in alternating rows of three) were fluffy, hand-cut giants with a crustiness that tells me they’ve been blanched, pre-crisped, then finished in the fryer again just before serving.  Sublime. (venue–Prince of Wales, and the rest of the menu is tantalising as well)

Days since last: 7 (Swindon Beer Fest Food Tent)
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DT #305, 1 November 2014 (Wadworth Green Hopped Beer)   1 comment

Wadworth Green Hopped Beer

Beer this fresh and clean
(Translation: Without flavour)
A rare find, indeed.

Name: Wadworth Green Hopped Beer
Type: bitter
Venue: The Prince of Wales, Shrivenham

Review/notes: The only beer on their taps that I haven’t already included in the DT list (their cider selection has already been written up, too), I looked forward to what the GHB had to offer.  A bit weak, like something your spinster aunt might drink to hide the fact that she also shoots heroin during those long ‘toilet breaks.’  And, she doesn’t share.

Weird digression, that.  Anyway, the Green Hopped appears each year with the first harvest cut of hops and is entirely a crap shoot (like Beaujolais Nouveau).  I would have thought the dry, warm weather would have resulted in an oilier bittering agent but it is what it is.

Pub was quiet, today.  Good choice as I still feel like shit.

Wadworth Green Hopped Beer pump

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