How many calories will it use in typing this? The farmer has just taken friend W and me out for Christmas lunch to The Pantry in Hawes. Run by farming friends of ours, it serves up the most delicious and wholesome food but has never let the words "sensible helpings" appear on its menus.
We booked a month ago when the first three Christmas dates were announced. The cafe seats around ninety and all three dates were fully booked within hours. They are set to serve over five hundred Christmas lunches before the big day - and they serve their own-raised beef, turkey, goose and duck.
I had slices of turkey, goose and duck, along with roast potatoes, red cabbage, carrot batons, roast parsnips, peas, creamed leeks, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce and gravy. There were also pigs in blankets but I forgot to get one.
A fruit drink was served with the meal, top ups whenever you asked. The sweet table was heaving. I have put a photograph of it on but that is after a good three quarters of folk had already chosen their pud (I took it on the way out). This was followed by unlimited coffee top ups with individual mint chocolates and then everyone was offered a mince pie to take home and warm up for tea!
Now home and very full of food I do not intend to sleep it off but shall get on with my knitting as soon as I have written this.
I have taken a selection of photographs for you to see but do bear in mind with the ones of the journey - the farmer does not slow down for photographs and where it is not sunny it tends to be in deep shade.