Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Lincolnshire fish and chips festival planned for 2015

Yes, it's true. See below. Nirvana! And did the Countenance Divine, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these fish and chip shops? 

Including of course Sutton-on-Sea's very own fine dining Sea Breeze Restaurant that serves proper freshly cooked fish and chips:

Lincolnshire fish and chips festival planned for 2015

There are plans to hold the UK's first festival dedicated to fish and chips along the Lincolnshire coast.
Organisers say it would boost the economy of Skegness, identified asone of England's most deprived seaside resorts.
Ideas for the festival, which would initially take place in 2015 and 2016, include a "battle of the batters".
A bid for money has been submitted to the Coastal Communities Fund.
There would be events and activities in areas including Skegness, Alford, Louth, Tattershall, Sutton and Mablethorpe.
David Lambert, one of the people behind the plans, said Lincolnshire was the ideal place to have a festival dedicated to fish and chips.
He said: "We grow the spuds, we grow the peas, the fish is coming off the North Sea and being processed up at Grimsby. Where better place to have it?
"There's one in Australia, there's one in Italy, there's one in France, but there isn't one in Great Britain."
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall samples haddock and chips in Bridlington in July 2013David Lambert said fish and chips was a "democratic" dish for rich and poor
The mascot of Skegness is the Jolly Fisherman, symbolic of the town's connection with fish and the sea.
Mr Lambert added that fish and chips was a "democratic" dish that appeals to everyone - rich and poor, young and old.
The events would be centred around the "social, cultural, economic and historic importance of the UK's national food, fish and chips", he added.
Ideas include:
  • Cook-offs to find which potatoes make the best chips.
  • A sustainable fishing debate.
  • An exhibition on the history of fish and chips.
  • A film festival featuring movies set in seaside towns, including Quadrophenia and Jaws.
Events would culminate on 1 October, Lincolnshire Day, but would run over several months, extending the tourism season of Lincolnshire's coast.

Monday, 3 March 2014


Let me say straight away that a blustery and chilly day at the beginning of March is NOT the day for cakes...well, not if you are tough, hardy, all-season bikers like wot we is.

Real food is what is required and real food is what we got on Sunday 2nd March at The Big Fish at Ollerton on the edge of Sherwood Forest. 12 bikes set out from Sleaford and 12 bikes arrived at the Big Fish. 13 highly satisfied customers (one pillion!) We all met at Sleaford, though most of us had already ridden a good few miles to get there. A quick trip down the A17 and A616 ended at the chippie that is more or less right on the A616/A614/A6075 roundabout. I won't say any more than that as I don't want to deprive you of the fun of google maps.

And The Big Fish? Clean, modern, excellent friendly service and decent grub, excellent value, too. We'll be back!!        


Monday, 6 January 2014


Yes, I know I've not been posting for a while. No reason...just no chippies. Well, all that has now changed. 11 bikes from Boston Advanced Motorists converged on Dave's in Sheringham, Norfolk on Sunday 5th January. For a number of us it was a 220 mile round trip, starting at 9.30 a.m in dry sunny but frosty conditions. The temperature reached a sub-tropical 4 degrees Celsius by the time I made the starting point at Algarkirk and after a round about ride to Sheringham, we were basking in a temperature of 7 Celsius. No rain and no wind! A speedy ride back to the Anglia Motel on the A17 and we were still dry! All good things, it seems, must come to and end, though and for me the last 44 miles were in the dark, in the wind and in the rain. Washed most of the salt off the bike, though.

What was that? You want to improve your riding and driving skills, and reduce the risk of being involved in an accident? Yes, we cover cars as well as bikes so why not visit Boston Advanced Motorists at the Springfield Motor
bike Show, Spalding, on Saturday/Sunday 25th and 26th January 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Just spent the weekend on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park....and shock horror - NO FISH AND CHIPS! Shortage of images, I'm afraid, as I left my camera behind.

A 380 mile ride on Friday from home to Llangadog via Little Chalfont in temperatures between 18 Celsius and 33 Celsius meant late arrival, intense thirst, no time to cook - and indeed , no food to cook as we were lightweight camping and relying on eating out.

No problem as there was always The Black Lion in Llgangadog. Arrived at 10 pm to find the only pub in town did not serve food. We ended up with a new taste sensation: a bag of plain crisps and two pickled eggs...and a pint of the local bitter. 

Seriously, if you are ever really really hungry and need something desperately to stop you eating your own'd be hard put to find anything worse!

The following day Saturday we took local advice and breakfasted at Miss Mollie's on the A40 at LLangdog. Used to be a Little Chef and shows what Little Chef could have been if only they'd tried. Thoroughly recommended..good choice, freshly cooked, well presented, decently priced... the complete antithesis of Little Chef.

Fed up , as it were, off to Aberystwyth the bottom of the funicular railway on the sea front. We were followed through the town by two bikes who it later transpired followed us because we really looked as though we knew where we we going. Of course, we did know. It's just that we were not going to the bike show that they were looking for!

Then a pleasant if busy ride over to Aberaeron for ice cream etc. then a quiet cross country ride down the quiet and enjoyable A482 back to the camp site  Rest of afternoon was spent reducing the nation's stock of beer and cider and soaking up the rays.

Sunday morning dawned cold and grey. Was that it? Summer been and gone? In reality, conditions were ideal for a quiet  and progressive ride down the A40 to Monmouth. Great riding road, no traffic on Sunday should try it!

Sunday, 14 July 2013


Recently, I've been putting a lot of effort into preparing for my IAM test so was off elsewhere and I missed the lads' Wednesday ride out..... Seems it was't such a successful rideout...certainly not for Geoff.

Getting off his bike at Archer's Fish 'n'n Chip shop in Woodhall Spa, his bike toppled over..and Geoff with it..and he was stationary at the time. Result? A bike with a few scratches, Geoff with a badly-broken lower right leg, and no one had any fish 'n'chips!

His bike was lifted off him and in obvious and severe pain, Geoff's right boot was swiftly removed by the lads before his ankle had time to swell up inside. The ambulance arrived in double-quick time, followed by the police and Geoff was whizzed of to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

His right leg has now been screwed, pinned, plated and fettled up generally and he is back home. He's not allowed to put any weight on his leg for six weeks, though.

Thanks must go to the staff and owner of Archers for their prompt response and help in dealing with the situation. If you are ever in Woodhall Spa, try Archers for yoursellves. They are at 29 Witham Rd, Woodhall Spa LN10 6RW

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

ALL QUIET ON THE FISH 'N' CHIP FRONT... one of our people is no longer allowed to eat them!! So stay tuned for gluten-free news!

Also, tonight is Barton Bike Night but I won't be there this year, though I WILL be at Boston Bike Night from 6 pm Thursday July 4th. Just make sure you visit the Wolds Bikers stand.

On Friday 12th July, 6 pm till late it's the Wolds Bikers Charity Night at the Coach and Horses Billinghay - raising money for LIVES and the Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance.

This is the Wolds Bikes major charity fund raising event of the year and I encourage you to come along with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. There are trade stands, classic bikes, BBQ, and Live Music by Gin House.

Oh, forgot to mention, you can also join Wolds Bikers on the spot..just £10 a year.

Friday, 7 June 2013


Louth Bike Night Thursday 6th June

All round, a good night. Sunny and reasonably warm, huge crowds of bikers and non-bikers - and bikes - keeping the local shops busy. The Wolds Bikers stand was busy as can be seen from these images. If visibility and awareness was our objective, then it was a success. If promotion of the Wolds Bikers Charity Night ( Friday 12th July 6 pm till late at the Coach and Horses Billinghay) was our objective, that too was a success, with numerous event flyers handed out.   

Nearly forgot...great fish 'n' chips from Louth's Mr Chips. 

Tony and Daryl snare another victim!

but others escape with wallets intact

Correct fuelling is vital for optimum performance

Proof that we did promote the Charity Bike Night

No sitting down on the job!

After this, can you really take the organisers seriously?

You WILL enter our prize draw!