Framptons – tanks of beer 🍻

Had a wonderful evening drink in Framptons (@framptonsbath). Great beers and a tasty looking menu. They’ve got two giant tanks above the bar. The barman explained that’s where the beer is stored. It’s brought in a tanker and pumped up there. One of only a few places in the UK. The decor is very cool and there’s a view of the weir and the beautiful Pulteney Bridge. It’s a great place to spend the evening πŸ˜€πŸ»

Warming tea in the country

It’s a bit chilly out today. Had some very warming and tasty green tea with lavender @castlefarmcafe. What a lovely cafe in the countryside with lovely valley views. Plus they have a great new little farm shop.

Mackerel and green wine 🐟 πŸ₯‚

Freshh mackerel fillets from the quayside in St Ives. Only Β£1 a fillet, super fresh, and super tasty. I patted it dry with kitchen paper and lightly oiled and salted the skin side. Fried for a few minutes each side, skin side first. A drizzle of lemon – simple and amazing.

Had it with quick fried kale and a salad. 

The revelation was the wine. I had never heard or tried vinho verde. It’s a Portuguese wine and means ‘green wine’ which translates as young wine. It was really fresh and light, and perfect with the fish. It should be chilled and poured from a height into the glass so it can aerate and small air bubbles can be caught in it. Another great drink introduction from @scallopal πŸ₯‚

Cheers, kombucha and kefir water

My lovely friend @scallopal very kindly bought me a selection of kombucha and kefir water. I’d never tried either but was very keen to try them out. 

The kombucha was effervescent, tart, and slightly sweet. It had a kind of vinegary flavour and smell but in a good way. It was definitely unusual and it took a few sips to get used to it. My favourite was Captain Kombucha. The ginger flavoured kombucha was my second favourite. I felt the balance wasn’t quite right. The passion fruit kombucha was just too tart for me. 

I struggled more with the kefir water. Too much for my taste buds. 

It was all a brilliant experience and I would urge you to try them. They’re a great alternative to alcohol. Really collect flavours. They reminded me of craft beers. I wish more pubs stocked them. I always find non alcoholic drinks on pubs to be boring and far too sweet.