Cleaver & Keg – Review


Cleaver & Keg say they provide ‘Meaty Morsels for the Modern Drinker’, and that is their product in a nutshell.

As we all know, a pint makes you want a snack. A savoury snack. There’s just something about having a wee drink that makes you want to nibble on something.

Not content with munching any old peanuts with their brews, the folk at Cleaver & Keg have spent some time studying beers and perfecting meat snacks that actually match beers. What they’ve come up with are four charcuteried cuts to go with different styles beer.

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Founder Dan Searle sent me through a sample of their range (above). In reply to this, I set Dan a challenge. I would give him a list of twelve beers, and he was to match four of them to the snacks he’d sent.

Not only did Dan match them, but he gave me a detailed description of why they would match. This chap, passionate and enthusiastic, was clearly a master of his art. But would I agree with his choices?

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Cleaver & Keg’s Strips O’ Beef v Pressure Drop Stokey Brown

Dan says:

The Strips of Beef have a touch of Worcestershire Sauce and a nice richness with a little pepperiness on the finish too. I think the Stokey Brown Ale will just smash it with these. All those roasted malts and I do love PD beers.

I don’t usually like brown ales, but there’s something deep, warm, mild and special about Stokey Brown that means it could become a favourite. The Strips O’Beef has a great peppery chew to it. The warm depth to it compliments the brown ale well. I’d call that a win.

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Cleaver & Keg’s Hot Strips O’ Beef v Signature Brew Roadie IPA

Dan says:

The Hot Strips O Beef most certainly have a kick to them, one also that builds as you devour the whole pack – and so it needs something punchy to stand up to it in my opinion. I like anything that is screaming with American hops here and all those citrussy flavours. A good strong ABV always works a treat too.

Roadie is right up my street. American hops, crisp and moreish. The Hot Strips O’Beef do have a zing to them but they’re not so spicy that they wreck your tastebuds. Subtle. The dry citrus refreshing beer and the coriander & chilli in the beef do work well together. Very nice!

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Cleaver & Keg’s Salami Cuts v Fourpure Shape Shifter West Coast IPA

Dan says:

Look out for the touch of fennel running through the Salami and its higher fat content generally. You are going to need a nice balance of hop to cut through the fennel and mouth feel from the fat but nothing over bearing to obliterate the delicate nature of the salami itself.

The Salami is bursting with flavour. It’s spicy with a punch. The IPA is fruity, bitter, malty and grassy. I can imagine nibbling on these while I sup a few cans of Shape Shifter. If Fourpure want to send me a dozen cans through then I’d be happy to put this theory to the test!

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Cleaver & Keg’s Chorizo Cuts v Hammerton Life on Mars Red Ale

Dan says:

The Chorizo Cuts are intentionally a little moister than you would expect from say a Spanish chorizo because we felt this would be more suitable for the British beer drinker. They have quite a fiery ‘bite’ at the end that is not unlike an Nduja with a good balance of fruitiness and smoke from the paprika. I am thinking the Hammerton Red could provide enough malt to stand up to the paprika and knowing Hammerton beers as I do have enough hop going on to stand up to the ‘bite’.

Life on Mars is tart, malty, sweet and slightly spicy. The chorizo has the sweet smoky paprika taste which I love. This combo offers a sweet, spicy, fruity match. Zesty and munchable!

Cleaver & Keg’s site has a very interesting blog which includes more explanations as to why their snacks go so well with certain beers and suggests ideas for pairings. It’s a passion, a science and a fascinating way of life for Dan and the folks at Cleaver & Keg. Try it out and figure out your favourite pairings!

Visit their website, like Cleaver & Keg on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with their marvellous musings!

185 Comments

  1. mick proctor
    4 September 2016
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    Chorizo cuts sound good

  2. Lisa Parker
    4 September 2016
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    Salted peanuts or Kettle crisps x

  3. Rosalind Sargent
    4 September 2016
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    pringles

  4. Kim M
    4 September 2016
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    Love salted peanuts x

  5. Bev
    4 September 2016
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    Blue cheese and crisps

  6. Angela Treadway
    4 September 2016
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    salted cashews or crisps x

  7. William Gould
    4 September 2016
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    Always plain crisps or salted peanuts for me!

  8. Cherry Edwards
    4 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings for me

  9. 4 September 2016
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    cheese and onion crisps

  10. lucy higgins
    4 September 2016
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    I love crisps, got to be handcooked or cashews

  11. Tricia Cowell
    4 September 2016
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    I love pistachio nuts

  12. Jennifer Toal
    4 September 2016
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    Crisps

  13. pete c
    4 September 2016
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    mine are pork scratchings

  14. Emily Hallett
    4 September 2016
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    A hot snack, like chicken dippers or mozzarella sticks.

  15. Kevin Honey
    4 September 2016
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    Salted Peanuts

  16. Becky John
    4 September 2016
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    Salt & Vinegar crisps

  17. 4 September 2016
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    It’s cheese for me. I’m obsessed with cheese!

  18. Frances H
    4 September 2016
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    Bombay spicy nut mix.

  19. Wendy butcher
    4 September 2016
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    I love salty snacks while I’m drinking just love crisps and pizza

  20. Helsburr
    4 September 2016
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    Salted peanuts and cashews

  21. John O
    4 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings

  22. james wood
    4 September 2016
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    cheese and onion crisps

  23. ADEINNE TONNER
    4 September 2016
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    For me it has to be ready salted crisps

  24. iain maciver
    4 September 2016
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    ready salted crisps

  25. ElizM
    4 September 2016
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    japanese rice crackers or marmite crisps!

  26. laura stewart
    4 September 2016
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    peanuts x

  27. Simon M
    4 September 2016
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    Salted nuts!

  28. Rachel Craig
    4 September 2016
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    Crisps.

  29. GEOFF WICKENS
    4 September 2016
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    it used to be pork scratchings

  30. 4 September 2016
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    Chorizo cuts

  31. Tracy Hanley
    4 September 2016
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    cheese and onion Pringles

  32. amy bondoc
    4 September 2016
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    pork scratchings πŸ™‚

  33. Linda King
    4 September 2016
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    Chorizo cuts sound interesting

  34. Dot Walker
    4 September 2016
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    My husband would just love this!

  35. Grace Tyler
    4 September 2016
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    Definitely a big bag of salted peanuts.

  36. Angela Boucher
    4 September 2016
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    Doritos and Pringles

  37. Lisa C
    4 September 2016
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    I do love a bag of Scampi Fries…I’m not sure how close they’ve ever been to scampi but they are addictive.

  38. Holly Gibson
    4 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings, so naughty but delicious

  39. Rebecca Nisbet
    4 September 2016
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    ooohhh pork scratchings!

  40. Brenda Guardado
    5 September 2016
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    banana chips

  41. dawn f
    5 September 2016
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    hot peanuts but they are hard to find in pars nowadays so normally I settle for some pork scratchins

  42. Amanda
    5 September 2016
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    Doritos

  43. Daniel Milner
    5 September 2016
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    Wow – Chorizo Cuts sounds good

  44. Kirsty Hosty
    5 September 2016
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    Crisps

  45. Ruth Harwood
    5 September 2016
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    Salt and vinegar crisps!!

  46. Ray Dodds
    5 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings

  47. Jules Naybur
    5 September 2016
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    I love a scampi fry xx

  48. Karen Barrett
    5 September 2016
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    Hummus and pitta bread

  49. Andrew reed
    5 September 2016
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    Pork scrathings please

  50. debbie smith
    5 September 2016
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    pork scratchings !!

  51. Charlotte Foy
    5 September 2016
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    Salt and vinegar pringles or mini cheddars!

  52. Michael Rose
    5 September 2016
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    crisp, any type.

  53. joanne casey
    5 September 2016
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    crisps and nuts

  54. Michael Griffin
    5 September 2016
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    cheese

  55. maria blythin
    5 September 2016
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    chilli peanuts x

  56. M Harvey
    5 September 2016
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    Chorizo cuts I love a bit of sauage me ????

  57. M Harvey
    5 September 2016
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    Chorizo cuts I love a bit of sauage me ????

  58. Claire D
    5 September 2016
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    Dry roasted peanuts

  59. Kerry Purves
    5 September 2016
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    Pringles or cashew nuts! Yum!

  60. Laura Pritchard
    5 September 2016
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    Bacon crisps!

  61. Angela McDonald
    6 September 2016
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    This has to be a toss up between Pork Scratchings and Dry Roasted KP Peanuts!

  62. Gillian Brewster
    6 September 2016
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    Crisps are my downfall and preferably salt and vinegar

  63. Tracy Newton
    6 September 2016
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    Olives

  64. Jo Carroll
    6 September 2016
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    Cheese & Onion crisps πŸ˜‰

  65. Emma Dormer
    6 September 2016
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    Crisps or dry salted nuts

  66. Lisa Wilkinson
    6 September 2016
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    Slat & vinegar crisps

  67. Liam Bishop
    6 September 2016
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    Chocolate covered pretzels, epic.

  68. has to be pork scratchings or cake. I know other ends of the spectrum but I’m just strange like that

  69. Andrea Storey
    6 September 2016
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    Smoked sausages and cheese, especially if Im enjoying a good Rauchbier like Schlenkerla Marzen.

  70. Solange
    6 September 2016
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    Cheese & Onion crisps

  71. Alison Johnson
    6 September 2016
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    Kettle crisps

  72. Iris W
    7 September 2016
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    Usually somethings savoury like peanuts, sweet chilli crisps or paprika pringles

  73. Sharon Jackson
    7 September 2016
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    Roasted & salted peanuts or bacon rashers are my favourite bar snacks πŸ™‚

  74. Karen Wells
    7 September 2016
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    peanuts or crisps

  75. liz ferguson
    7 September 2016
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    Crisps and peanuts x

  76. allison sullivan
    7 September 2016
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    for me it has to be pork scratchings they are so yum but hubby loves them hot nuts you buy from tesco think they are sensations with jalpeno taste

  77. Gemma Massey
    7 September 2016
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    Doritos and dips

  78. Michelle Ferguson
    7 September 2016
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    Paprika crisps and garlic dip

  79. Marie Jacobs
    7 September 2016
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    Pork Scratchings

  80. Michaela Hannah
    8 September 2016
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    Roasted peanuts

  81. joanne atkinson
    8 September 2016
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    cashews

  82. Chris
    9 September 2016
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    These look very interesting.

  83. Carol Phile
    9 September 2016
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    Salt and vinegar crisps

  84. Ema J Lowe
    9 September 2016
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    dry roasted nuts

  85. Sparklett21
    9 September 2016
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    I live Olives stuffed with Anchovies????????

  86. Kerry Kilmister
    9 September 2016
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    I love snacking on olives or crisps

  87. Pam Lawrence
    9 September 2016
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    It’s porky scratchings for me….god what a treat they are, and i dont allow myself them very often, but oh, when i do….!

  88. Sarah Parker
    10 September 2016
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    crisps πŸ™‚

  89. Katie Kingsbury
    10 September 2016
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    Olives

  90. Kathy B
    10 September 2016
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    I love to snack on salted pretzels or salted peanuts, yum!

  91. Margaret Gallagher
    10 September 2016
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    Smoked bacon and chilli bacon nuts
    Makes the beer go down fabulously

  92. Richard R
    11 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings

  93. Abigail Cullen
    11 September 2016
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    Salt & Balsalmic Vinegar Crisps.

    • gaynor lewis
      21 September 2016
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      Usually Salted Peanuts or Cashews but these Cleaver & Keg snacks sound awesome especially the Chorizo – would love to try them x

  94. cheryl hadfield
    11 September 2016
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    Pistachio nuts

  95. Richell Lever
    11 September 2016
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    I love a bag of cheese and onions crips

  96. Julie Kenny
    12 September 2016
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    A big bag of salt and vinegar crisps x

  97. 12 September 2016
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    Peperami x

  98. Stevie
    12 September 2016
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    I love pork scratchings. They can be homemade or out of the bag.

  99. Kelly Hirst
    12 September 2016
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    Olives

  100. Carly Belsey
    12 September 2016
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    Dry roasted peanuts and pork scratchings πŸ™‚

  101. JULIE WARD
    13 September 2016
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    Seabrooks crinkle cut cheese and onion crisps

  102. Michael Smith
    15 September 2016
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    Wings and more wings

  103. 15 September 2016
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    I love cashew nuts

  104. emma walters
    16 September 2016
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    pork scratchings!!!!

  105. Deborah Clarke
    16 September 2016
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    Chips and gravy or chips and curry sauce . Very classy northern girl here ha ha.

  106. Sheila Sloan
    17 September 2016
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    Salted peanuts

  107. Gill Mitchell
    17 September 2016
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    I love “real” crisps yum πŸ˜€

  108. Lynn Heath
    18 September 2016
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    Dry raised peanuts!

  109. Krzysia
    19 September 2016
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    It’s got to be the Phileas Fogg range of snacks.

  110. Kim Styles
    19 September 2016
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    Pistachios

  111. jodie harvey
    20 September 2016
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    peanuts and pork scratchings πŸ˜€

  112. Lyla
    20 September 2016
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    Salted peanuts

  113. Ray Becker
    21 September 2016
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    Crisps

  114. Pam Francis Gregory
    21 September 2016
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    Pork Sratchings

  115. Kristyn Harris
    21 September 2016
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    My favourite things to snack on when I am drinking are crisps and salt & vinegar crisps together

  116. Helen Moulden
    22 September 2016
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    I like some peanuts πŸ™‚

  117. Peanuts

  118. charlie brunton
    22 September 2016
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  119. charlie brunton
    22 September 2016
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    I love snacking on salted nuts or crisps x

  120. Kay Adeola
    23 September 2016
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    Biltong is my favorite πŸ™‚

  121. felicity williams
    23 September 2016
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    salt and vinegar crisps πŸ˜€

  122. Purmala Shrestha
    24 September 2016
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    Olives.

  123. Denielle Nicol
    24 September 2016
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    Cheese and onion crisps

  124. carole n
    24 September 2016
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    crisps and peanuts

  125. Rachel Butterworth
    24 September 2016
    Reply

    Bombay Mix or salted peanuts.

  126. Judith Allen
    24 September 2016
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    Salted peanuts. I’m best not sitting with a big bag of them.

  127. Mary Baldwin
    25 September 2016
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    Dark chocolate or blue cheese & crackers

  128. michelle o'neill
    25 September 2016
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    pork scratchings

  129. Laura Nice
    25 September 2016
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    Crisps

  130. Andrew Petrie
    26 September 2016
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    My favourite thing to snack on when I’m drinking is spicy peanuts.

  131. Andrew Loades
    26 September 2016
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    Sausage rolls, meat and pastry and beer…mmmm

  132. Philip O'Neill
    26 September 2016
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    Twiglets πŸ™‚

  133. Hayley Colburn
    26 September 2016
    Reply

    salt and vinegar peanuts or salt and vinegar fish and chips

  134. Danielle Cresswell
    26 September 2016
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    Salt and vinegar crisps

  135. charlotte
    27 September 2016
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    i actually lovve cheese and olives! my fave

  136. Rich Tyler
    27 September 2016
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    Scampi Fries!

  137. tony m
    27 September 2016
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    dry roasted peanuts

  138. alice lightning
    28 September 2016
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    has to be walkers crisps ready salted yum

  139. donna l jones
    28 September 2016
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    dry roasted nuts

  140. Nikki Hayes
    28 September 2016
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    Crisps usually – but I’m not fussy πŸ˜€

  141. Christine Caple
    28 September 2016
    Reply

    Definitely crisps

  142. Martina Alban
    29 September 2016
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    pork scratchings I love those

  143. carol boffey
    29 September 2016
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    PRINGLES

  144. Mickie Bull
    29 September 2016
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    Scampi Fries!

  145. jessica cook
    29 September 2016
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    hummus and breadsticks

  146. Sheri Darby
    29 September 2016
    Reply

    Assorted nuts

  147. emma penko
    29 September 2016
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    pork scratching’s!

  148. Michelle Wild
    29 September 2016
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    Cashew nuts.

  149. Allan Fullarton
    29 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings

  150. Emma Price
    29 September 2016
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    Dry roasted peanuts

  151. Chris Fletcher
    29 September 2016
    Reply

    It has to be Pork Scratchings

  152. Tim Bain
    29 September 2016
    Reply

    Pickled walnuts

  153. Kat Allinson
    29 September 2016
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    CHeese and Ale crisps mmmmmmm

  154. Helen Gilbert
    29 September 2016
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    Cheeses galore,pickled gherkins, wasabi peanuts and grapes

  155. matt allison
    30 September 2016
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    Pork Scratchings

  156. Ellen Stafford
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Pork scratchings

  157. Mary Baldwin
    30 September 2016
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    Plain crisps with shavings of parmesan

  158. kim
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    I am quite clichΓ©, crisps or nuts!

  159. Tanya
    30 September 2016
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    Pork scratchings ????????????

  160. Sabina
    30 September 2016
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    Chorizo cuts! Sound lovely

  161. Paul von der Fecht
    30 September 2016
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    Kettle Chips

  162. Jen Shearer
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Breadsticks with a dip

  163. Emily Hutchinson
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    scampi fries

  164. Susan Williams
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Salt & Vinegar Crisps

  165. karen watt
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    hand cooked crisps seal salt

  166. sharon martin
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    peanuts and pringles

  167. Sandra Jo Siddall
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    I love a bag of salted nuts with a beer πŸ™‚

  168. Petra Beck
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Salt & vinegar crisps

  169. Laura Harrison
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Ready salted or cheese and onion crisps xxx

  170. Lauren Old
    30 September 2016
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    Pringles, any flavour!

  171. Angela Kelly
    30 September 2016
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    Cheese is my favourite thing

  172. Hayley Todd
    30 September 2016
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    I must be honest there is nothing better than munching on a packet of really tasty crisps when you’re having a drink! If I’m at home, I’ll have cheese and crackers with wine too!

  173. Teresa Sheldon
    30 September 2016
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    Pork scratchingsan and pepperami’s

  174. Sam McKean
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Salted pretzels are my fave!

  175. sandy
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    good quality crisps, salt and malt vinegar for preference πŸ˜€

  176. Tishist
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Pretzels

  177. Diana
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Cheese and onion crisps πŸ™‚

  178. Sandy ralph
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    a packet of cheese and onion crispas

  179. paula cheadle
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    salted peanuts sounds good

  180. Nicola Phipps
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Salt and Vinegar Cashew Nuts! X

  181. Jaelin Farrow
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    You can’t beat a packet of crisps.

  182. Adrian Bold
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Pork scratchings and dry roasted peanuts.

  183. Maria Dhillon
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Crisps

  184. tee Simpson
    30 September 2016
    Reply

    Salt and vinegar crisps

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