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The Beagle’s New Menu

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Teacher training has taken it’s toll. I rarely have time to talk to my family members, let alone write a blog post. So when The Beagle invited us to come down and try their new menu, I penned it in the diary “NIGHT OFF!’. They mentioned a ‘Calexican’ kinda flavour to the evening and the food on offer, and I think that just about sums it up. I got no work done that night, but I regret nothing… Even though I’ve cannot stop dreaming about the best chicken burger I’ve had in my life ever since!

They really looked after us, bringing us a couple of Margarita’s to help us relax into my big night off, and starting us off with a plate of four items from their Pick n Mix menu.

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We tried deep fried pickles, sweetcorn and jalapeno fritters, crispy crumb chicken strips and homeslice fried courgette ‘wings’. The courgette was the most surprising. Not sure it any longer counted towards my 5 a day but it was a damn sight more delicious for being coated in a light, crunchy batter. Would most definitely order these and the chicken again as a starter or little snack when I’ve had a few pints.

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We had been told that we could choose a main course from the menu, so we were expecting that next, but what showed up was even better. A taco interlude! The selection included Baja Fish, Korean Tofu, Carne Asada and a Popcorn Shrimp lettuce cup. I don’t really eat fish, so my other half tried the shrimp and Baja Fish – I think the latter was her big hit of the night. I loved the steak on the Carne Asada, but I couldn’t get on board with the tofu. The flavour was good, so I’m sure if you were a fan of tofu this would be a great option, but I’m not quite there yet with tofu.

IMG_6081My girlfriend had some nachos and thought they were delicious, yada yada yada. That’s all very nice, but what I want to tell you about is this chicken burger. I’m not normally a fan of chicken burgers, but the Inglewood sounded simple and delicious, which was just what I wanted in the moment.

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I cannot stop thinking about this burger. It was the best I’ve ever had in my whole life. The bun was as light as air (none of this brioche bullshit places are trying to fob us off with these days), and the burger was a full chicken breast coated in the most crunchy, flavoursome breadcrumbs. At one point I said “I’m gonna have a baby” because I didn’t quite know how to describe how good it tasted. I never said I was a food blogger!!

I think the new menu is just what the place needed to be honest. I wasn’t that keen on the food the last time I was there, and now I genuinely cannot wait to go back. We had a fantastic night and I was truly grateful for a welcome treat.

Chorlton Pub Quizzes: The Lloyds

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Hi, 

Todays post is the first in my pub quiz series. I’m going to try and attend all the pub quizzes that take place in the coming months and give you my verdict on them. 

First up is The Lloyds. I was really keen to try this one out as it is a smartphone quiz. You can read more about these types of quizzes here, but basically you answer on your phone using an keypad and there is only a very short amount of time to answer, minimising the chance for cheating. 

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You will normally have to select the letter the answer begins with or a number on the keypad, but some are multiple choice. The first week we attended we enjoyed it very much, as there was a good mix of questions, but we thought that it was let down a little by one particular round. It was basically a guessing round and was 30 points per answer, meaning people who were not very good at quizzes could take a wild guess and still have a chance to win the whole thing. We weren’t so keen on this to be honest, as it let other people over take us when we had been in the lead all night. But we still managed to come second and enjoyed lots of the other rounds. Second prize was a bottle of wine of 4 pints and I think 1st prize is £20 towards a food and drinks bill. Not bad prizes considering there is no charge to enter.

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The second week we attended it was hosted by a different guy, who was no where near as professional and the whole thing took a lot longer and just didn’t seem as slick. It didn’t help that he had seriously offended one of our group at the start of the night, but the whole evening was just not as enjoyable. There were far too many photo questions and just not enough variety. This second bloke confirmed he will be doing the quiz every Wednesday from now on. I think they also have one on a Saturday, so I would be interested to find out if the first guy hosted that, as I would definitely go again to his.

As for the atmosphere in The Lloyds, there were about 6 teams each week and some teams I know from other quizzes, but I think it would benefit from a few more groups. The place is still very new and bright and I think it just needs wearing in a little and perhaps the lights need dimming a bit as the evening goes on. Some of the other customers this week were among the drunkest people I’ve seen in a long while! But they were funny rather than annoying. If I had been sat closer it might have been another story!

We had a bite to eat beforehand this time and the food was just ok. We all had burgers as they are buy one, get one half price on Wednesdays. The food took a while and the bun was stale but the actual burgers and fries were all tasty enough for pub grub. 
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This was the Chrysler Burger. I didn’t know it had a mini burger on top when I ordered and thought it was a bit odd, but my friend enjoyed trying it as she had chosen a chicken burger with halloumi. There was no way I could have eaten them both!

So it’s a bit of a mixed review for The Lloyds. I would definitely recommend trying it though, even if just for the novelty of the smartphone element. It was a lot of fun and with a few drinks in us, tons of laughter.

Guerilla Eats at The Beagle.

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I’m sure everyone knows by now, as it’s definitely one of the most exciting things to happen in Chorlton for a while, but The Beagle has teamed up with Guerilla Eats. The result is an amazing selection of street food, six days a week, right on our doorstep.

We went down to the opening night and the place was a hive of activity. With food from not one, but three traders, everywhere we looked people were tucking into delicious dishes in the sunshine. We love Mexican food so opted for Margo & Rita who has there purple van parked at the side of the building.

photoAs always, for us it’s the service that counts. I had a lovely chat with the two people making the food while we waited a matter of just minutes for them to serve up tasty tacos. We went for the chicken and chorizo, but I know they had a veggie option too.

photo 2These were so good, I’ve been thinking about them all day. They weren’t the cheapest at £6 for these two, but I would definitely buy them again. We also tried the sweet tacos, apple puree, salted caramel sauce and cream spinkled with cinnamon. I have to admit these tasted a bit like a McDonalds apple pie, (not a bad thing, if you ask me) but a lot better! I could have eaten about 6 of them so I’d definitely recommend giving them a go.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a food blogger, I just like writing about things I’ve enjoyed. So if you want the full lowdown on all the other things on offer you couldn’t do much better than having a nosey at FoodGeek.co.uk