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#1 StephanieL

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 02:52 PM

So in a couple of weeks I'm off to small-town Cheshire for a few days on business. What are the regional specialties besides cheese? My hotel's bar does feature a rotating series of local cask ales, which I'm looking forward too.
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#2 Wilfrid

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 03:46 PM

A pretty part of the country. There might be some useful info here, especially the market listings:

http://www.cheshirefood.co.uk/

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 09:23 PM

Thanks for this. I'm going to miss the local farmer's market, but I'll see what I can visit without needing a car.
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#4 Wilfrid

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:39 PM

Other than cheese, I can't think of anything specific to Cheshire, so I suggest looking out for the kinds of things done well throughout the northern parts of the United Kingdom - especially meat pies of any kind, black pudding, and some good fish and chips.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 11:02 PM

QUOTE(StephanieL @ Mar 27 2010, 10:52 AM) View Post
My hotel's bar does feature a rotating series of local cask ales, which I'm looking forward too.

Sigh. That makes me envious on so many levels.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 01:01 PM

I'm ashamed to say that though I was born in Cheshire, I have no idea.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 02:02 AM

Maybe you can visit the Dr. J geburtshaus.

If you can get past the crowds, of course.
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Posted 31 March 2010 - 05:04 PM

I bought the best Cheshire cheese I've had at a Sunday market/car boot sale at a place called Beeston in Cheshire last summer. There's a good cheese shop in Chester. And you might look at cheshirefood.co.uk

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 09:04 AM

I'm headed to Chester tonight. I'll keep a look out for the cheese shops. There isn't one in the town I'm staying in, though I was able to get some local preserves at the chocolate shop. And I had a wonderful breakfast of kippers, eggs, and toast this morning (though I suppose that's not strictly local).
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#10 Carolyn Tillie

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 01:17 PM



#11 Wilfrid

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:19 PM

Kippers is good. Not something you'll get for breakfast anywhere (it's been a rare dish in London for years, because it does have...well...an aroma...).

When did I last eat kippers?

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:26 PM

On recent trips I have had the impression that kippers (and, my preference, smoked haddock) are making a comeback in the small hotels and B&Bs we tend to stay in. A good compromise between sawdust and raisins and heart-clogging full Englishs.
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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

That's good news. My mother used to serve them occasionally, but you had to open every window in the house afterwards.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:29 AM

Yes, the kipper was strong-smelling and -tasting, and I kept thinking that it might not be a good idea to first meet my colleagues after having such a breakfast. But it was totally worth it, especially for the pool of fish oil (and egg yolk) I got to sop my toast in.

I did go past the Chester cheese shop last night, but unfortunately it had long closed for the day.
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:48 PM

We have kippers regularly - every other weekend - and so must other Ottawans because frozen Scottish kippers are readily available. Sure, the kitchen and everything in it smells like kippers for a few days but wotthehell.
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