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Hoof and Rooster.

Clitheroe has yet another New Kid On The Block when it comes to dining out. The ‘Hoof and Rooster’ on York Street is an American Style BBQ and Smokehouse serving everything from Burgers to Brisket in a cool but cosy retro setting. I’ve actually been twice so I thought I had better do the blogger thing and post about it !

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The first time was a Saturday morning at about 11.30am, Wil and I  thought we would bob in for a coffee and a nosy…and ended up staying for lunch. And why not! We had bagged a comfy leather sofa, which was so hard to move from. ๐Ÿ™‚ There was ample  opportunity to take quite a few photos with my phone before the lunchtime crowds arrived.

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The vibe was very chilled with A Fine Frenzy and Ray Lamontagne playing in the background. I didn’t see a jukebox though! Looking around us there was however enough going on to keep our peepers busy. Every wall is adorned with colourful American memorabilia. Retro advertising ( the Lucky strike cigarettes board reminded me of Mad Men), Eye popping wall art, and Neon Signage.

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But what about the important bit! The food!!  The menu is very meaty, which you would definitely expect from a Smokehouse. It’s mostly burgers,hotdogs, hot wings, pulled pork, brisket and steaks. On this occasion I opted for the Foot Long American Hot Dog ( Ok, I was hungry!) and Wil chose the Classic Steak Patty.

Our food was tasty and we had a friendly and attentive waitress so lunch was definitely a big thumbs up. And after all that I was still tempted to try dessert. What’s more Stateside than this yummy zesty Key lime pie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our second visit was on Saturday evening and as you imagine, it was a hell of a lot busier, with a real buzzing night out vibe. I didn’t take many pics this time. Service was slower, but I will put that down to how busy it was. By the way you don’t have to eat at the Hoof and Rooster. There’s a well stocked bar ( specialising in American Craft beers) and I love the cute booths at the back of the restaurant, with tables made from old cable drums.

This time we were seated upstairs and as we were dining out with some veggie friends, I was a bit concerned about what they would think of the menu. I needn’t have worried. Vegetarian options include Spicy Bean Burger, Macaroni Cheese and Jack Fruit Burger. There’s seafood on the menu too. I really enjoyed my Soft Shell Crab Burger. ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Music, Good food , Good beer , Quirky colourful surroundings. What more could you want in Clitheroe !

Check out their Facebook page.

I might be tempted to bob in again soon…..for coffee and a slice of pumpkin pie. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mum and Dad’s Wedding pics.

When I last visited Mum in June she let me borrow a couple of her and Dad’s wedding photos to scan. I thought it would be interesting to show them here.:) Mum and Dad got married on a scorching hot Septembers day in 1972. They had met through friends ( on a bit of a blind date actually) and Dad ( a farmer) asked Mum ( a farmer’s daughter)”‘So how many sheep have you got?”, and love bloomed!

I asked Mum about her dress and why she chose it. Mum being Mum just said it fit so that was that! The dress was made from a sort of jersey material with a ruched top. Unfortunately she doesn’t remember what make it was or how much it was….though she does recall it was the fruit of a shopping trip to Liverpool. Mum also wore a hat and told me that in the early seventies it was the fashion for brides to wear hats, rather than veils.

Dad and Mum.
Dad and Mum.

I ย really love the bridesmaid’s dresses. Mum said she chose
them because they were different to all the other bridesmaid’s dresses in the shop. Well looking at them now, they are indeed very retro, with their lace trimmed wide sleeves and that very kitsch floral pattern. All the outfits were tied in together with salmon pink and white carnation posies. ย The bridesmaids were Mum’s two youngest nieces Karen and Jane and Dad’s youngest niece at the time, Linda. Don’t my cousins look cute!

Mum with her bonnie bridesmaids.
Mum with her bonnie bridesmaids.

Mum and Dad went on to work on the family farm together and have three children, myself and my younger sister & brother. Sadly Dad died when I was a teenager. Mum would eventually remarry and lives happily in the Lakes.

What did your parents wear at their wedding?

Happy Blog Birthday Giveaway.

Wow July is a bit of a month for celebrating!  This month the Other Half and I will have been going out Ten years. TEN Years!  Quite an achievement I hear you say. Also in July I recieved a letter from work congratulating me on my Long Service.Eeeek , I won’t tell you how long ….as it will reveal how ancient I actually am….But yay I do get a few goodies which is always nice.  Oh and I mustn’t forget the best anniversary of all ( ok the second best ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).This bloggity blog has a Birthday. Its 3 years old!!  I’m so impressed that I’m still managing to find stuff to post after three whole years, that I think I will have to indulge in a little Giveaway. Just to say thanks to you for actually stopping by once in a while. IT means a lot. <3<3

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So I’m giving away this pretty Wooden Flower Press. I bought it recently from The Orchid House in Keswick. With a colourful floral pattern and chunky screws it certainly takes me back to my childhood. If you fancy preserving a few summer flowers why not comment below. Simply tell me your favourite flower and your favourite childhood toy/game. All entries will be put in a flower pot and a winner randomly chosen at the end of the month.

Thanks guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

Picnic Ware Pinspiration. :)

So Picnic Weather is just round the corner again !ย  I’m assured that after the weekendย  the sun will be shining, the ground will be dry and many a picnic rug will be hosting a scrumptious spread. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could not help but look to Pinterest for some Picnic ware Pinspiration.
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I have a hankering to purchase a retro picnic set like one of these.I love the brightly coloured & kitsch patterned melamine ware.There are lots and lots for sale on ebay but I might have a look in my local charity and vintage shops first…

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Did you know that the UK has a ‘National Picnic Week’ ( just one day would be tempting fate with our weather!) from Saturday 13th June until Sunday 21st of June. Find out more on Twitter at #picnicweek.

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I love these jars with straws ~ ideal for smoothies and milkshakes.In fact I recently bought two quite simular ones from Winfields Outdoors Store in Haslingdon. And the nautical inspired Picnic plates are by Modcloth though i’m not sure they are still for sale on their website. How perfect for picnics at the beach though.

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You can’t really go wrong with Cath Kidston. Loving their new cloud covered picnic wares.

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This picture is from the ‘Happy Holiday’ Ladybird book from 1964.The first Ladybird book featuring a picnic was ‘Bunnikins Picnic Party’ published in 1940. Popular Picnic reads.:)

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So for my perfect picnic I need yummy food, cushions and blankets, a vintage picnic set, reading material, a countryside or beach setting and maybe even an old fashioned record player to play some tunes.Oh and sunshine. Wish me luck!

A Retro Xmas Pud : )

Hey I found a fun Christmas recipe recently on the fabulous rosalilium blog (www.rosalilium.com) written by one of her guest bloggers ,the lovely Kathryn,writer of the equally awesome blog Kat got the cream( katgotthecream.blogspot.com). You really have to check out both their blogs if like me you love retro and vintage and pretty things. ๐Ÿ™‚
Anyway I thought I would have a go at Kathryns Easy Peasy Retro Xmas Pud.
All you need for this 70s inspired pudding is:

1 packet of choc chip cookies
Sweet Sherry ( I used amaretto as couldn’t locate any sherry!)
small carton thick cream
small carton creme fraiche
Sprinkles to decorate ( I also used choc chips)
a retro christmas ornament( optional)

Mmmm spinkles
Mmmm spinkles

The general idea is to dip each cookie in the sherry,fix together with the cream and creme fraiche mixture,cover entirely with the rest of the cream and creme fraiche mixture,put in the fridge for a couple of hours, decorate with sprinkles and serve. For a more detailed method pop along to http://www.rosalilium.comLots of Christmas cheer going on there.X