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A conundrum [May. 14th, 2015|10:12 pm]
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If one of you wants the crab cocktail starter, and the venison (with haggis mash) for the main course; and the other chooses the smoked haddock fish cakes and the vegetarian main course, which is a stack of Mediterranean vegetables layered with goat's cheese; what wine will you choose to drink? We cut our losses on the starters - once upon a time we'd have ordered a half bottle of white, but we don't have the stamina these days (even if there'd been anything on the list to tempt us) - and went for the Small Lot Mendocini Zinfandel, which I liked very much: fruity and ot over-tannic, which worked with the tomato sauce on my vegetables, but complex. structured, not over-bright.

"That's not a Durham accent," said the proprirtor, who served us. "Whereabouts in Durham do you come from?" "Durham City." "Ah. I'm from Langley Park."

I wished I'd taken my camera down to dinner. For one thing, the food was elaborately presented. Anything that could be piled up, was: that vegetable stack, obviously, but even the fishcakes were balanced one on top of the other, and as for the chocolate dessert...

For another thing, the dining room has a panorama of mountains. It's perched above the road above the Spean, and looks across to the slopes opposite, and down the valley to more snowy summits. Once upom a time, says durham_rambler, it wasn't the Glenspean Hotel, it was the Nevis View - and yes, that is Ben Nevis just visble beyond smaller but closer peaks.

Tomorrow we will drive down that road and take a closer look.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-16 05:40 pm (UTC)
There will, as ever, be many photos...
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[User Picture]From: klwilliams
2015-05-14 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see Ben Nevis.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-16 05:44 pm (UTC)
The following morning it was hidden in the mist; we were lucky ro see it!

But we only make a fuss about it because it's Britain's highest mountain - you must have higher ones near you...
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[User Picture]From: klwilliams
2015-05-16 07:05 pm (UTC)
I grew up in the Rockies, but the mountains around there aren't the same as the mountains in Britain. The climate is very different, for a major example.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-16 05:53 pm (UTC)
Your reasoning about the pinot noir is exactly what I was thinking (because the description of the zin. made it sound that way); and I did think rosé, inevitably, for my vegetables - but they didn't have a great choice of rosés. As a Française-by-affiliation, you may be resistant to wines from elsewhere - the Scots gon't have that luxury!

And we haven't drunk very much whisky yet - just a taster at the Talisker distillery. But maybe tonight!
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