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Oct 03

Cast Iron Roasted Coffee

I am still on my journey to learn more about coffee and received the second bag chosen by the Coffee Roasters through my letterbox. This was a gift from my children for my last birthday. I love it. The gift that keeps on giving. I must admit that I was a little disappointed when I …

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Sep 19

Away day to Winsford

My second away trip of the football season saw me following Darwen AFC ¬†away to Winsford in the North West Counties League. My first ever visit to Winsford which lies an hour or so away down to M6. The Pub – The Red Lion (1 Wharton Road CW73AA) I had checked Untappd to find a …

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Sep 05

Artisan Roast – Edinburgh

As we up our production a little (to a mighty 10 firkins a month!), it seemed prudent to meet regularly and plan the things we have coming up. It gives us a chance to stop once in a while and make best use of our time. It seems obvious but when time is limited, it …

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Aug 28

Barngates Brewery

I have been gradually ticking off the Wainwrights over the years (The Lakeland peaks not the beer) and Black Fell was next on the list. It was opportune that one way of ascending begins from The Drunken Duck. I have been aware of the Drunken Duck for years but somehow have never visited so this …

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Aug 26

Mr Duffin’s Coffee

The wonders of coffee are still new to me but I am loving it. Wherever I get the chance, I pick up a bag and Mr Duffin’s has already become a favourite place to stop on my way in and out of the Lake District. I now combine it with a trip to the More …

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Jun 19

Caldera Coffee

Caldera Coffee from Much Hoole, Preston.¬† It is a great pleasure to get to know the other traders at the farmers’ markets we travel around. We have been doing Hoghton Tower since the beginning and feel like it is our home market. I am developing my appreciation of good coffee and it was good to …

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Nov 18

Message in a Bottle

It is Children in Need time again and it brings to mind the advice of the late, great Terry Wogan. He famously said that he hadn’t got millions of listeners, he only had one. He was in a studio and imagining broadcasting to a single person listening to their radio. I experienced that day after …

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Nov 12

Cloudwater’s banging bass and chill-out room

I am very old and was around in Manchester at the end of the 80s as rave was picking up a head of steam. The bass would get you and become addictive. Sometimes, you might need to step out for a minute or two before your brain exploded. Now in my late 40s, I get …

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Sep 18

4 bottled gems from Rammy Craft

Our beer adventures seem to have been inextricably linked to Matt and Rammy Craft. His beers were on our first ever farmers’ market stall and we have been regular customers of his ever since we first bumped into his wife, Lysha at Summerseat Garden Centre about 3 and a half years ago. Matt was ill …

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Sep 06

Getting Serious with Jenny

You may well know that we sell our bottles beers on our stall at local farmers’ markets. We have a core group of regulars who come looking for a beer and a chat. They don’t expect fancy labels and slick branding. In fact, that is the opposite of what they want. We sell more of …

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