Monthly Archives: July 2014

Three Horse Shoes Inn – Running Waters

My mother is up here on a visit to County Durham, as she isn’t staying with us, I thought it would make a change to take her out to lunch, and it would give me a break from my usual kitchen duties.
I used google maps to find a pub in a convenient location, settling on the Three Horse Shoes in Running Waters. Mistake!
Our meals arrived and the portions were massive.
Mum was happy, and so was I until I started to eat my lunch. The carrots and peas were both very over cooked. The chips were soggy and had raw bits in them. The sauce was tepid. My food was seriously disgusting. Thankfully mum was happy with hers.
When we departed the table it was only mums plate that showed signs of being touched. My plate had almost all of the food still on it, minus a couple of mouthfuls.
At least the Three Horse Shoes Inn had a couple of cask beers on tap from The Durham Brewery. I opted for a pint of White Velvet, which went down much better than the food.
The pub itself is o.k. There’s ample seating, and the staff were friendly – presumably they don’t have to eat the food.
There is a small outside seating area at the rear of the pub, and a large car-park at the front.
I would visit the Three Horse Shoes Inn, at Running Waters again – but only if I was passing and only for a drink. The ‘food’ was the worst I’ve had in a very long time. I wish I’d just cooked lunch at home.

5/10 (If I was scoring just on the food, it would be  0/10)
Three Horse Shoes
Running Waters
Sherburn House
Phone: 0191 3720286

Blog post by Richard Randall

Gillette Cool Wave

Yesterday a packet arrived in the post. It was a set of Gillette Cool Wave products that I won on the FRESH & FEARLESS blog. While it is a small prize, it is a very useful one, so cheers Aftab.
Gillette Cool Wave

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £1345 (from 1st September 2013).

Antonio Carluccio – Tiramisu

The legend that is Antonio Carluccio is back to share his delicious recipe for this classic Italian dessert. Tiramisu translates to “lift me up” and with layers of sweet mascarpone, espresso soaked biscuits and coffee liquor that’s exactly what this mouthwatering dish promises to do.

Tanya = Scam

Romeo are you out there?

Looking for a fun-loving, down to earth, adventurious Christian girl. Then here I am! I am a fairly quite person, but I am not shy.

I am looking for someone that will treat me right, someone to hang out with, whatever happens, someone that is caring and doesn’t mind to laugh every once in a while.
Anything else you want to know? Ask. I’ll tell. Promise. xxx



Festival Survival Kit from Nurishment

A while ago I went in for a competition on the Nurishment Facebook Page to win a Festival Survival Kit. The kit contains a Coleman Weekend 4 Tent, Wolf & York Slushy Wellington Boots, and The Ultimate Festival Kit Essentials plus a case of Nurishment Raspberry drink.
Happy Days! I won the competition.
Laura from MTJ Associates contacted me with the good news. In fact she kept me abreast during the whole process, from winning to shipping, so thank-you very much Laura, you’re a star.
The Ultimate Festival Kit Essentials pack contains some very useful items; a little LED torch, a poncho, an antibacterial hand spray, a light stick, tissues, cleansing wipes, paper loo seat covers, a couple of sachets of electro mix drink powder, a tube of neon colour, a couple of sachets of sunscreen, and a foldable toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste.
The Wolf & York Slushy Wellington Boots will be useful, but I’m hoping not to need them until the Winter (fingers crossed).
The Coleman Weekend 4 Tent has got very good reviews on Amazon U.K. I’ve yet to test pitch it myself.
And last but not least the prize included a case of Nurishment Raspberry drink. This will be a great boost in the morning when I get home after a long walk with out Lurcher, Barley.
The Festival Survival Kit from Nurishment is a great prize – now all I need is to win tickets for a festival  but with glamping or better still a 5* hotel stay included. 😉

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £1339 (from 1st September 2013).

Naylor’s Brewery – Saddle Sore Golden Ale

Saddle Sore Golden Ale from Naylor’s Brewery is a very easy drinking Golden Ale. It was made to mark the Tour de France having a stage in Yorkshire. It is a blend of four French hops including Admiral, Pilgrim Aramis and Triskel.

On the palate it is clean and crisp. There background zesty notes while there is a constant mild bitterness. Nice fade on the finish with a clean mouth feel.

Naylor's Brewery - Saddle Sore Golden Ale

Blog post by Richard Randall

Kseniya = Scam

Good day
I do not even know where to begin my letter …..
I am a very shy person and this I’m still alone!
But I firmly believe that I will soon find the man of her dreams.
I wrote to you because I want to meet you. I think you will not mind?
I have a serious relationship! I am on the way to find her man!
I think I have a chance to do it!
What do you think?
Maybe it’s you?
I’ll tell you a little about myself.
My name is Xenia.
I have many interests, and I’ll tell you about it later.
Your e-mail advised me marriage agency
I turned to the hope of finding the man of my dreams.
I think you can answer me!
I think we can learn about each other?
I ask you to tell me more about yourself and send me your pictures!
I’ll send you my picture yet, of course, if you want it!
Tell me about it!
My new friend, I will really believe that you will be able to reply to me
and tell me about yourself!
Of course do not forget to send me your pictures!
I’ll wait for your answer!
Your new girlfriend Kseniya.


Thwaites Original Best Bitter

I don’t normally drink bitter, but this came my way the other day, so I thought I’d give it a try.On the nose there are very faint notes of malt and dried fruit. It pours well with a decent head but fades fast. On the palate it is clean and crisp. It starts of zesty, then bitter in the finish. It has a nice ‘mouth feel’.
It is pleasant enough but not outstanding.
Blog post by Richard Randall