Ambushed by salad

We had a late lunch at Carsington Water after a dropping off Number Two son in Sheffield and taking a trip through the misty Peak District. There weren’t any decent photo opportunities, and when I did stop to try I ended up depressed by the fly-tipping in the lay-by.

Lunch would have been a bit earlier but the satnav disgraced itself by taking us into an Industrial Β Estate and trying to send us up a cul-de-sac. It’s not the first time.

I may have to rethink my newly found confidence in technology…

The meal, supposedly cheese and pickle sandwiches with a side order of chips, came with an unexpected extra – salad. It was excellent salad (better than the sandwiches if the truth is told) Β and to my surprise I quite enjoyed it. However, I can’t help thinking that there should have been more warning that the salad element was going to be more than a symbolic garnish. You have warnings for allergies and for Vegetarian and Vegan foods, why not a big green “H” for “Healthy”?

I appreciate that healthy is good, and that I have to alter my diet, but you can’t just spring it on me. The shock isn’t good for a man of my age.

The salad was crisp and full of flavour and the chips were crisp and tasty. There was plenty of tea in the pot. The sandwiches fell slightly short – the rocket garnish was good, the onion relish was good (though without the promised bite of chilli) and the cheese was OK, though it could have been a bit stronger without overpowering things. It was just a little disappointing that the bread was slightly dried out on the surface.

As for the birdwatching, we managed to avoid all the interesting birds that were listed on the board in the RSPB shop and I also missed a good photo of a male Reed Bunting.

Here are some I did get.


16 thoughts on “Ambushed by salad

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  2. Julie@littleredbrickfarm

    Yes I’m always a bit startled when a substantial salad turns up on the plate unannounced πŸ™‚ Visiting a local cafΓ© I was amused to read their pie and chips came with ‘a hint of salad.’ I had to order it just to see what ‘a hint of salad’ looked like πŸ™‚

  3. arlingwoman

    It’s nice to be surprised by a good salad. Glad you got one! Satnav’s are only as good as the maps loaded in them. Yours may need a software update. I once had one take me and my rental car up a mountain to a hiking trail that had once (only a few years before) been the road it thought would get me to a hotel… Love your birds, especially that one flinging its pigtails…


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