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Chestnut Dinner; the Clog and Billycock

We brought pork-and-chestnut sausages back from Clitheroe, gingerbread-and-chestnut-honey mustard from Dijon, and the ingredients for a couscous salad with chestnuts from the fridge and cupboards. It is so nice to come back from a week away and have dinner all ready to make.


I cannot claim to have been to Clitheroe on this trip: I picked out the sausages from the brochure, and those who were going phoned ahead to reserve our various orders. C. and I were off to the Clog and Billycock, a Ribble Valley Inn pub near the town of Pleasington, to catch up with makyo and A. The structure is slightly confused, with table service for drinks, and counter service for ordering food. Still, it is a spacious, high-ceiled, stone-floored pub with wood burning fires, an interesting drinks menu, and good food.

We shared deep-fried cauliflower with curried mayonnaise, and a selection of dips and bread. Just as well we shared - our mains were substantial. My hotpot was topped with potato slices so thin, they had nearly turned into crisps under the grill. The side of pickled cabbage was crisp, light, and refreshing. C. had the burger, mysteriously disguised under the lable of minced steak. No wonder it was filling: it was 100% Ribble Valley. We hope no one else wanted to visit it, since he and makyo ate it all. A.'s seafood board was lovely, but defeatingly substantial. Nevertheless, between us we managed energy for two desserts: pancakes/crêpes with a scoop of toffee-and-gingerbread ice cream made in house.

Socially, it was educational: we learned about "The Hexagons", a never-made television sitcom about polygons and their lives. I wish it had been.


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Dec. 31st, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Sausages from Clitheroe. Kill me now.
Dec. 31st, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Of course, we still have another four batches left for future meals...
Dec. 31st, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Coincidentally I also went to the Clog and Billycock over Christmas. We ordered drinks at the bar and I think it confused everything because they took forever to arrive, but other than that I was very impressed. We had the dip starter as well, which won me over despite my dislike of peas, and then some huge main courses so we ended up splitting dessert. I'd like to go back, and leave room for the yard of cheese.
Dec. 31st, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
If there are only 200 people in the world, how many pubs are there in total? 15 at most?

Drinks did not arrive all that quickly when ordered from the table, but I think we noticed it less, since it was reasonably-paced for restaurant service. It would all make more sense if it just embraced its restaurantness and didn't try for a residue of pub-like service. Cutlery is delivered to tables, as are drinks, sauces, menus, everything except basic food ordering.
Dec. 31st, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Gingerbread and toffee ice cream... that sounds incredible... how can I use this for inspiration... hmmm
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