Review and giveaway: River Cottage EPA/Burt’s Crisps


One of my favourite things about summer is how much sport there is to enjoy – and what a summer this is turning out to be! We’ve already had one of the best World Cups I can remember, Wimbledon (boo!), the Tour de France, and now, for the next two weeks or so Glasgow is going to be buzzing with the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be ace, and despite some travel disruption (it took me an extra 15 minutes to get into work today, with all the road closures and diversions) I’m really looking forward to both the events we’re going to (gymnastics, rugby 7s, athletics, road cycling and probably the marathon) and the ones I’ll be watching on TV.

It’s hard work watching all this sport, so I was thrilled to receive a sports fan pack from River Cottage EPA and Burts Chips – just the refreshment I needed!

River Cottage English Pale Ale is a new beer developed by Skinner’s Brewery and the lovely people at River Cottage, and one I thoroughly enjoyed, although not as strongly flavoured as the IPAs, red ales and porters I tend to go for these days.

Burts Chips were some of the nicest handcooked potato chips I think I’ve ever had. I tried 3 flavours

  • sea salt, which was everything you’d expect
  • vintage cheddar and onion which, as someone who doesn’t normally like cheese and onion crisps, were a revelation
  • Guinness rich beef chilli. These ones disappeared very quickly indeed, thanks to my Guinness loving father-in-law. We all agreed they could have done with a bit more spice, but they were still delicious

The only problem with the chips being so good is they were gone in no time, and now I’ve none left for the rest of the summer. Oh well, guess I’ll have to buy some more.

Now for the best bit – I’ve got another one of these packs to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, just leave a comment below saying what your sporting highlight of summer 2014 is/will be. I’ll be picking a winner at 12 noon next Monday (July 28th 2014) so make sure you get your entries in by then. And good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Alister Pullen, whose comment (#4) was picked at random by the random number generator at

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7 thoughts on “Review and giveaway: River Cottage EPA/Burt’s Crisps

  1. Having half the Zambia team ask to take a selfie with me last night. Unlikely to be topped due to generalised disinterest in sport, but now somebody has explained to me what rugby sevens actually is I’m looking forward to my weekend!

  2. We went to Dallas last month, specifically to watch a four day baseball seres, Cleveland Indians against the Texas Rangers. Without a doubt the sporting highlight of 2014 for me :)

  3. Has to be the Commonwealth Games. We have tickets for the athletics on 29th & 30th. It will be great for my kids to experience this, and a chance for Sandi to get involved as her Primary School Class were involved at the Opening Ceremony at Meadowbank in 1986, and she missed out as she was on holiday in Germany.
    I don’t think she has ever gotten over missing out on the free tracksuit or trainers!!

  4. My sporting highlight will be my first 5k race next weekend! I’ll be competing on the last day of the Commonwealth Games so expect much false bragging about that 😉

  5. Sporting highlight? SPORTING HIGHLIGHT?! dude!!!! Commonwealth 2024, ALL of it! glasgow is my city, hospitality is my currency so I cannot wait to be in and around all the amazing events over the next 2 weeks!
    Mon the commonwealfie ban-tor!!!

  6. My sporting highlight has been discovering sports. I am working for a news agency and I’ve learned how much fun and how thrilling lots of sports I wouldn’t have given a second look to are. Who knew how exciting lawn bowls was or the thrills of weightlifting?

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