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A Hawk in a Pub and Bob Campbell reflects

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A goshawk at the Three Stags Head: December 2011

A goshawk at the Three Stags Head: December 2011

We spent last weekend with friends in Derbyshire. After a coolish start Saturday turned out to be a perfect early March day. Made all the more beautiful by being in England’s stunning Peak District. We went for a walk along part of the Monsal Trail, which uses the old railway line that once ran from London St Pancas to Glasgow St Enoch Station. The Thames-Clyde Express used this route – the third and last to be constructed rail route from London to Scotland.

 

Cressbrook Tunnel

Cressbrook Tunnel

 

The Wye Valley path of the Monsal Trail

The Wye Valley path of the Monsal Trail

The River Wye

The River Wye

The Three Stags Head

The Three Stags Head

After our walk we repaired to the Three Stags Head in Wardlow, Derbyshire where back in December 2011 we had our famous encounter with a white goshawk. Again we were in luck. It was almost as though the keeper of these birds of prey was awaiting our arrival as just as we parked across the road from the pub, he came out of the Three Stags Head, took out a red tailed hawk from a safe in his car and followed us back into the Three Stags Head.

Keeper, pint, red tailed hawk and over-exposed image of Geoff Fuller, mine host, with his head permanently and properly  buried in his copy of The Times

Keeper, pint, red tailed hawk and over-exposed image of Geoff Fuller,
mine host, with his head permanently and properly buried in his copy of The Times

The hawk catching up on the day's news

The hawk catching up on the day’s news

Unfortunately The Three Stags Inn is not doing food at the moment – on our last visit we enjoyed excellent partridge. Pat Fuller explained that they had been unable to get a proper chef and as she was now running the café across the road – making cakes etc. – she hasn’t time to do the cooking for the pub. Hopefully they will find a new chef soon. We tried the Brimstone and Deception from the Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield.

Then on the barman’s recommendation we moved onto the Packhorse Inn at Little Longstone, where the five of us shared a couple of excellent platters.

Packhorse Inn at Little Longstone

Packhorse Inn at Little Longstone

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Bob Campbell MW's excellent Reflections through a wine glass

Bob Campbell MW’s excellent Reflections through a wine glass

I’m enjoying Bob Campbell MW’s excellent monograph entitled Reflections through a wine glass (IWFS – International Wine & Food Society). New Zealander Bob was born in 1947 and as is so often the case for people born in this great vintage he talks a lot of sense. His 60-page monograph covers terroir, blends, the screwcap revolution, the merits of matching wine and food, dealing with old wines, hints on cellaring and the MW programme.

Bob is very much in favour of screwcaps, although he recognises that we have yet to find the perfect closure. It is hardly surprising that he is in favour of screwcaps as the bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc that he had carefully kept for years turned out to be corked when he finally opened it! 

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6 réflexions sur “A Hawk in a Pub and Bob Campbell reflects

  1. Pingback: A Hawk in a Pub and Bob Campbell reflects | Wine Planet

  2. 62 is not a great vintage, so maybe I don’t talk – or write – a lot of sense, do I?

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  3. I won’t even mention 1946!

    Jim, these pictures are beatiful. I love the one of the hawk and the flowers. Reminds me of Dutch still-life paintings. The horse through the window panes is a good one too.

    I will try to get hold of Campbells book. Quite agree with him about closures. By the way, 99% of the Stryian wines I tasted are closed either by screwcaps or glass stoppers. So much better. I cannot understand what is preventing good French producers from moving this way. It is up to them to educate the public they blame for not doing so.

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  4. 100% with you on that one.
    Another item on which France should work a lot: good wine glasses in restaurants.

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  5. Agreed. And one or two other things that I might mention, but it could annoy some of our readers.

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  6. Many thanks for comments David and Hervé. 62 is OK for wine…. David you should be able to get Bob’s book through the International Wine & Food Society.

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