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Sunday Sevens 21st August.

Sunday Seven’s is a roundup of my week and is devised by Natalie at Threads & Bobbins . I’ve actually just had two weeks off work. Today is the last day of my Summer holidays. Oh my, I might just cut a tragic figure at work on Monday morning!  Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to this past 7 days.

Last Sunday we had a yummy breakfast after a pleasant nights stay at The Bear’s Paw in Warmingham, Cheshire. It was a stop off point on our journey home from Spring Park in Cornwall and I’ve reviewed it in my Hotel stays with Petspyjamas post.  Petspyjamas is a website that specializes in Pet-friendly holidays and hotel stays, so do read my blog if you fancy taking your four legged friend away with you on your next trip. 🙂

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I found a recipe for an interesting looking vegetarian dip to eat with pitta bread in The Simple Things magazine, called Muhammara. It contains pomegranate molasses which luckily can now be found in my cupboard!  Only because my last foodie penpal sent me some from sunny Cyprus. 🙂  Anyway it actually turned out ok, and Wil and I consumed the lot whilst watching Mark Cavendish battle for a Silver Medal in the Omnium. Hasn’t Team GB done well!

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I’ve watched a few films this week and here’s a gem that I really enjoyed. The Mermaid  is a Chinese Rom Com ( subtitled) directed by Stephen Chow and China’s highest grossing movie. I’m a bit of a mermaid movie fan ( there’s a Splash remake happening right now!) but this could be my new fave film featuring fish-tailed folk. The storyline revolves around a young mermaid who is sent to murder a billionaire tycoon whose money has paid for  sea life destroying sonar technology. Slapstick hilarity follows as her crazy attempts to kill him go haplessly wrong. It’s a fantasy,romance,comedy, action pic with an environmental message and I loved it.

 

Saturday was fun as my friend Anne let me accompany her to a Steampunk event in Hebden Bridge. You may remember from one of my previous posts, that when Wil and I tried to go there recently, we somehow managed to completely miss our turning into the town. With Anne driving  Hebden Bridge lost its Brigadoon status! I managed to take a few photos in between showers of some of the amazing steampunk outfits. 🙂

Hope you had a good week and thanks for dropping by.

 

 

Bowland Beer Hall ~ Clitheroe.

So what is a girl to do when a new bar opens, literally yards away from her house. Frequent it enthusiastically of course!  Three days on the trot. 🙂

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Dining area next to the Brewery.

The sympathetic restoration of a former textile mill in Clitheroe has been speeding ahead. Lots quicker than anyone would have thought possible, Bowland Beer Hall inside Holmes Mill, opened it’s doors this weekend.  Bowland Brewery have been busy brewing their ales on site over the last twelve months or so. I’ve often smelt the hops when I’ve nipped home from work in the week. But now the brewery has a more than suitable home to showcase its full range of Bowland Beers, as well as a huge number of guest ales. There are in fact 42 hand pulled cask ales on tap!

The Beer Hall houses what could be Britain’s longest continuous bar. It is thought to be a  tad longer than the 104ft and three inches ‘Horseshoe Bar’ in Glasgow. Die hard ale fans can buy Circumnavigation Tickets and work their way round Clitheroe’s bar. If you are not a real ale fan, don’t worry , there are plenty of wines, spirits and ciders on offer. I was keen to try a medium fruity cider called ‘ Lily The Pink’. 🙂

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Opening night outside.

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If amazing original features are what you are after, then Bowland Beer Hall has them in abundance. Many of Holmes Mill’s industrial fixtures and fittings have been retained or incorporated into the interior.

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The red telephone box was actually used a as a means of communication on the spinning room floor. It was quite a surprise to see it inside by the entrance. 🙂 The ‘Piece des resistance’ of original features though , has to be the HUGE steam engine. You cannot miss it!

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I looked up the engine here  and it is apparently a Blackburn- built Clayton, Goodfellow & Co. Ltd horizontal cross-compound type Nos 544-5 built in 1910. There you go!  A Friday night drinker ( who may or may not have been circumnavigating the bar) claims the engine’s name is Elizabeth. She is certainly handsome.  I could not help but imagine this part of the mill, to be the perfect venue for a steampunk gathering or photo shoot. What do you think?

Despite bobbing in Opening night ( Thursday) out of curiosity , and then last night as part of a ‘proper night out’ 😉 , we couldn’t resist but try out the menu for lunch today. Here’s what you can nosh with your beer.

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Wil ordered the Moules & Frites ( mussels and chips) and I decided to try one of the veggie dishes , the Mac ‘N’ Cheese Burger.

Our food came out in durable but bang on trend enamel ware and was beautifully presented. Wil said his mussels were sublime and after tasting one, I agreed, they were juicy, tender and sweet. The Mac N Cheese Burger was perfectly adequate. I do think the menu could do with a few more vegetarian options.

So Bowland Beer Hall is only one of the businesses that will reside in Holmes Mill. A Bakery, Pop-Up-Cinema, Ice cream Parlor, Food Hall, Deli, Gym, Pool, Spa and Boutique Hotel are all planned in phases with 2018 as a final completion date. Watch this Space!