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Bottle And Thyme Chesterfield Review

Bottle And Thyme Chesterfield I have visited Bottle And Thyme Chesterfield on numerous occasions. On a night out with friends, with the kids on a Saturday afternoon. My favourite at the moment is on a Sunday to sample the sharing platter. I cannot say enough good things about our experiences in the Bottle And Thyme. Oh and there is also live music if you like that gig.

The owners are always happy to listen to your comments and learn from them. I know, unusual people that genuinely  care about the customers and just don’t pay lip service. No wonder they were winners of the Best Customer service award and should be in line for another win in 2018.

Bottle And Thyme Chesterfield


Winners Of the Chesterfields Best Newcomers Awards in 2017 & The Best Customer Service Award. See what the Star has to say about these deserving winners.

Gavin Grainger, joint owner of Bottle & Thyme, said: “ We hope we’ve brought something different to Chesterfield’s nightlife. We want to appeal to to a range of ages with our cocktails and live music.”

Bottle And Thyme Cocktails

I must confess that when we visit we may partake in a few cocktails. Sometimes a couple just to sample the flavours and keep the mixologists familiar with the recipes. My personal downfall is the Expresso Martini, the aroma of the freshly brewed coffee is to die for. Then the addition of something a little alcoholic added to the mixture stimulates the nose some more. Between us all I think we have covered a large portion of the cocktail menu. Yes they have all been very good.

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Espresso Martini


The Sharing Sunday Tapas

Now this is great value for money, it comes with a couple of different cheese’s. Olives, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and some great freshly baked bread. Not just bread but artisan bread (as good as mine) and with a selection of charcuterie. It is all absolutely delicious and yes we usually have 2 with our good friends, Mr & Mrs W. One comes with a bottle of red and one with white.

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Bottle and Thyme The Rest Of The Menu

I haven’t had the pleasure of the breakfast menu but it does look good. If the quality is the same in the morning as it is in the evenings then it will be a treat. We have been in for lunch a few times during the day with our 3 kids and even if they are busy they will squeeze the kids in somewhere. Even if a couple of them have to sit on the windowsill. The burgers, the only problem is they are to big. No seriously they are good. We haven’t experienced a bad meal in there so we will continue to keep going back.


Looking for Other recommendations to eat in Chesterfield

The Peacock Cutthorpe (coming soon) excellent food

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tickled trout Barlow review

Tickled Trout Barlow Review

Babysitter booked and another night out in hope of some great food and wine. We had heard lots of positive things about the Tickled Trout Barlow so we were a little excited and expectant. So ourselves and our besties squeezed into a taxi, yes squeezed as it was a Ford Focus. Not to worry wine and food was to follow. As we entered the Tickled Trout Barlow it wasn’t overly busy and the place looked fresh clean and appealing. The first drink of the night, what would we have. I spotted a large selection of Gin’s (not for me I had a bad experience on it many years ago) for the good lady. So a Rhubarb Gin was ordered with added dehydrated rhubarb in the glass. (it was good but not that good). Tickled Trout Barlow Review.

Tickled Trout Barlow Bar

Of course us boys took a little longer to decided on what we would be drinking. We eventually decided on a bottle of Rioja as we were told we could add it to our table bill. Sorted, they dropped the bottle on the bar with 2 glasses, then I realised it was DIY and had to pour my own first glass. Hmm not overly impressed, the other good lady had a glass of Pinot Grigio. All set, shortly afterwards they approached and told us our table was ready. So we all grabbed our glasses (and the bottle) and set off to our table. We were sat right next to the specials board, result. It meant that we didn’t have to get up and try and remember what was on the specials board. They all looked fantastic so it was difficult to decided on what to have.

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Tickled Trout Barlow Review  Starters

The ladies asked to see the wine list while we decided what we would start our culinary adventure with. For myself it was a split decision on the pigs cheek or the Cornish cod brandade. The choice for my good lady was simple, Squid one of her favourite ever dishes when done correctly.  Eventually I made the brave decision to go for the pigs cheek, Mrs W had the same and Mr W went for the Cornish Cod Brandade. Oh and we asked for the wine list Again when they came back to take our order.

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The Cornish Cod Brandade was unlike any Brandade I had ever seen before, I think the chefs poetic license was on overdrive the day he named this dish.  Mr W was a little disappointed that the quails egg yolk was hard and it was barely warm. The wine list arrived and the ladies ordered a bottle of white.

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Cornish Cod Brandade

The Squid, sorry Dusted Calamari came out in a quaint miniature deep fat fryer basket. Unfortunately it was quite greasy and the Tickled Trout Tartare well. The tartare, the usually sharp salty capers in tartare were virtually tasteless. I can only presume that they had made it some time the previous week and the flavour had diminished into nothing. The good lady was starving so we remained quite and ate on.  The waitress returned to the table to ask how the starters were, we said ok and we asked where the wine was.

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Dusted Calamari


Tickled Trout Barlow Review The Pigs Cheeks Tartlet

Well when the tartlet turned up I was a little, hmm surprised to the actual tartlet. Again I can only guess the poetic licences used, so it must have been a deconstructed tartlet. On the bottom was some crispy overcooked pastry, stuck to the plate with some celeriac glue. On top of that was some more celeriac puree, well thats what it said on the menu. The pigs cheek on top. It looked beautifully constructed dish, very small but nevertheless beautiful. The eating, well the plate wasn’t very warm and the food was just warm.

The puree was under seasoned, one of the reasons I ordered the pigs cheek is I love celeriac, especially my celeriac and turnip gratin. The pigs cheek, tender cooked well but, Arghhhhh just warm under seasoned and dam average. Wait a minute I looked up at the board and the price of the pigs cheek. Not average, it was very poor for the price. I don’t usually mention the price of food because I don’t mind paying for quality.

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Pigs Cheek Tartlet

The Pigs Cheeks

Pigs cheeks is a cheap cut of meat that is becoming  fashionable again because of the great taste and tenderness. It can be a succulent tasty and a joy to eat if done correctly. However on this occasion the under seasoned pork cheek on tasteless celeriac puree on a burnt pastry disk was expensive. There must have been about 80p worth of pigs cheek that was going to cost me £8.50. What a mark up, banging profit for the Tickled Trout. On the positive the apple did taste nice and sharp. The other positive was that the ladies wine turned up after asking 3 times. It was a cheek to even dare call it a tartlet.

Tickled Trout Barlow Review Mains

Again it was a difficult choice for us all as they all sounded so tempting. Lamb, beef or Quail. I am a certified carnivore so I love my meat. My lovely lady went for the Sea Bass with a soy & honey dressing, mussels, and samphire I was nearly tempted. I did taste a sliver of the sea bass. It was meaty, tasty but if I was uber critical maybe slightly overcooked. The big down side was that it was just warm. Perhaps the presentation meant more to the people at Tickled Trout Barlow rather than serving hot food.

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Sea Bass @ Tickled Trout

Mr & Mrs W had the Highfield House blade of beef, which did look rather nice. What I did not know at the time was that the beef dish was going to be right in front of me. The W’s said it tasted very nice but just warm enough to eat, the plates were just warm so that didn’t help. Yes and it took an age to actually get to the table. The boys had to ask for the bottle of wine again we had ordered earlier, Its always nice to have a glass of red with your main, especially if you are having red meat.

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Highfield House blade of beef @ The Tickled Trout Barlow

Tickled Trout Barlow Review The Lamb

Lamb, what a beautiful tender piece of meat and I was luck I was getting 2 different cuts of lamb. Cannon and shank, bring it on, more meat and it had to be better than the pigs cheek tartlet. How could it not be.

Tickled Trout Barlow Review The Lamb

Derbyshire late season lamb £17.95 sounds fantastic. So the plate arrived and it looked great. I could not wait to get stuck into the lamb, where to start the cannon or the shank or the veg. So me Mr carnivore went for the cannon of lamb, the first thing I noticed as I cut into the lamb was the effort it took. Yes it was overdone, slightly pink in the middle a little disappointing. No worries lets go for the shank, where is the shank and was this large white tower a fondant potato. No the large white tower was in fact a suet pudding filled with the lamb shank, brilliant. So I cut into the suet tower of lamb shank, tasted and the meat was delicious bit the suet.

The suet was undercooked, stodgy more like the texture of wallpaper paste. I do like e my food and quality food so I remained silent for while. I asked the better half if she would like to try some. She did so I gave her a little of the suet of shank and within 2 seconds she said the suet isn’t cooked. Mrs W was a little shocked as the experience so far had been a little flat.

tickled trout review of the lamb

Derbyshire late season lamb £17.95 Cannon, shank, celeriac

So it starts, the waitress pops over and asks about our mains. No there not great “the suet is undercooked” Mrs W. I added that the cannon was overcooked. So they take it away and ask what would I like. The same lamb dish please. Then she returns to tell me that the chef thinks the lamb is not over cooked and the suet is cooked. Well I have cooked in a pro kitchen, I have eaten in a lot of restaurants around the world and it appears that I am wrong. Oh and the next statement get better. She adds that the chef would not like to get the lamb wrong or me be wrong again. Could you pick something else, ok the Quail.

The Tickled Trout The Complications

So the quail ordered and the rest of the table carried on eating at my request. Shut the front door, the waitress returns stating the quail will take some time to cook. Mr W leaves the table and proceeds to the bar to talk to the manger. Of course if my main is going to take time I would be eating alone by the time mine arrived. So take the rest of the meals back and serve them at the same time. The waitress said that they could serve the beef within five minutes. So I said yes bring the beef and I convinced the rest of the crew to carry on eating their Luke warm food while I waited.

The Review of The Blade Of Beef

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24 hour Blade of Beef @ Tickled Trout Barlow

The blade of beef was the same temperature as all the food, just warm, not hot. So I tucked into the blade of beef, yes it fell apart with just pulling it with the fork. It had been cooked for a long time, rich, very rich in taste and the sauce that surrounded it was real good. The smoked field mushroom was an inspiration of taste adding flavour, yummy.

The garlic roasted  veg, well they must have forgot the garlic as it tasted of just lukewarm veg. The smoked cauliflower under the rich sauce was just a puree without flavour. Creamy mash potato own the side, can you remember Smash potatoes, well thats the only type of mashed potato that I could relate it to. Not nice at all, more like wallpaper paste, stodgy glupey. The nice rich beef would have benefited of something sharp in the dish to cut through the sweetness. At the end of the dish I was feeling full and a little overwhelmed. Address the balance of the dish and you have a winner.

Tickled Trout Barlow The Peace Offering

When they did bring my beef, the red wine eventually turned up. They offered us free deserts and coffees to make up for the shortcomings of the main. So we did, the ladies went for the tarte au tatin. The gents went for the cheeseboard and at £12 wasn’t cheap so obviously we were in for a treat. Coffee we had and the deserts came eventually, we were there for over 2 hours before the last course come out. The tarte au tatin was nice, not exceptional but nice with ice cream and clotted cream. The cheese board, seriously £12 I am glad that we didn’t pay for it at that price or it would have gone back for what we had.

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Chees Board @ The Tickled Trout Barlow


Five different cheeses and not much of each of them. A blue cheese, a rather strong goats cheese, I presume brie, along the lines of a stinking bishop. We wasn’t sure about the other cheese’s and they were not exactly to our particular palate’s. That wasn’t the problem, it was disgusting that there was a few pieces of celery, No apple , no grapes, no imagination with the accompaniment’s to a twelve pound chessboard. The chutney was well below average, the biscuits very hard, in fact I nearly cut the roof of my mouth on them. Where was the butter, biscuits and butter come on people this board costs a fortune. The only saving grace was the quince jam (I presume it was quince) as we were never told what was on there.

Tickled Trout Barlow Review The Final Word

Overall it was a very disappointing experience. The ambiance of the place was nice the staff seemed nice, maybe a little undertrained. The waiting time was horrendous, luckily we were with our besties and we can talk crap for hours. The delivery of food and wine took to long. Yes there was a private party upstairs but they should have planned to cater for a large party upstairs and not at the expense of poor service downstairs. I stated before that I never worry or mention the price of good food but it was expensive for very average food and service. Should we have a drink whilst we wait for the taxi. No not after seeing that the original single Gin nearly cost £9. Goodbye and unless there is a change of management or a guaranteed good chef we will not be going back there again.



Great places to eat in Chesterfield Bottle & Thyme  or if you want a Branded eating place there is always Frankie & Bennies 

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The Mossbrook Eckington

The Mossbrook Eckington 


Well we are out again, actually it doesn’t happen that often when you have kids under the age of ten so when you go out you do hope and pray that when you do everything is good, So we had heard good things about The Mossbrook Eckington. We originally wanted to go to the Sitwell arms but as we were going with friends we decided that the Mossbrook it would be.

Customer Service

We arrived a little late (table booked at 6pm on a Friday) so we got there at 6 mins past Six. We could not see are friends so (they were late the last time) so we stood at the bar and thought that we would get a drink whilst we waited. Wait we did, not particularly busy but we waited and waited. No service then we had a text from our friends they were already sat at the table (the wifey of the friends is 8 months pregnant so I guess she needs to sit).

So we walked through to the restaurant side (they have bar meals  as well) we walked past the desk for reservations all they way down and found are friends. Chating away and then I tried to order a drink as we had already waited at the bar for nearly 10 mins to no avail. Looking around I did see 2 waitress’s  chatting , and after 5 mins of intense staring, coughing and whoopong eventually I caught their attention . Finally I was able to order a drink,   OK maybe we were there only for 18 mins without a drink but it wasn’t busy

The Website Fish & Chips

Mossbrook Eckington


10 mins later our drinks turned up,  we decided that we were not ready to order the food as we were chatting but when we were ready we had to flag down a waitress again to order the food. It seemed they were busy not doing much at all. So to order what  would we have, well none of us really fancied any of the starters to be honest so I suggested the sharing platter to start with between us all.

The mains, my wife went for the rump steak medium and the fat chips with a sauce, I went for the rump steak blue with the normal chips and with the sauteed prawns on the side.

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Fish and Chips


Our friends ordered, J had the fish and chips and his wife had chicken, pulled ham and leek pie. Sorted

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So what actually came and how did it taste

The sharing platter consisted of

  1. tasting platter £11.95
  2. brie and onion marmalade brûlée, chicken in a paprika
  3. crumb, pork belly fritters, beer battered mushrooms, lamb
  4. meatballs and crusty bread with mango and pineapple salsa
  5. caramelised garlic and parsley mayonnaise

The chicken goujons were crispy but very dry  not good at all. Minced balls were tasty but a little on the dry side. The pork was OMG succulent delicious and moreish, then there was the brie and onion chutney and that was fantastic. Soft doughy bread was good, especially with the dips of pineapple and onion & garlic dip. The beer battered mushrooms were tasty as well so overall not a bad choice and quite a tasty platter. I didn’t take many photos as the lighting was very dark where we were and just cast horrible shadows making the food look worse.


Mossbrook Eckington Rump

The Rump Web Version


Main Course At The Mossbrook Eckington

Well disaster struck here, my steak came out and all was ok apart from the prawns looked a very sorry state and did not have much taste at all. The steak was cooked well (blue) it did contain a little fat but it was rump,after all. Poor  peas looked and tasted a little sad (probably reheated in the microwave)however the the onion rings were fantastic with proper crispy tasty batter surrounding them.

The Mossbrook Eckington Prawns and Steak

Rump Steak with Prawns & Crispy Onion rings


Then the other plate came with the steak, the WRONG steak it was a ribeye steak and as the waitress pointed out it was more expensive and they would not charge us any extra.  Well to start with it was overcooked there was no sauce which the wife had ordered. Normally we would have sent everything back but pregnant ladies need to eat and when they do they need it now. The only good thing about the plate of food was gourmet chips they were good,.J and his heavily pregnant wife got what they had ordered and commented that they enjoyed it. Nearly forgot as they did, we had to get up and ask for cutlery for our main courses

The Mossbrook Eckington Desserts 

I opted for the cheese board with a nice glass of Rioja.  J and the wife had between them ultimate Chocolate Brownie tower £5.95.

Double brownie layered with caramel and cookie dough. Served with chocolate fudge sauce and vanilla ice cream and it did look rather nice.

The Cheese was presented nicely on a wooden board with celery sticks. Cheese was very good but the biscuits disappointing. I would have been nice to have apples or grapes on the plate. However the Rioja I will be ordering myself a case of that Marques De Riscal Vina Collada Rioja 2010 (6 X 75cl ) I am no wine buff but that was fruity crisp and no after taste of any tannin. So a case for xmas it will be, or even before that.

The Mossbrook Eckington 

Will we be going again ? well we will not be in any hurry to return, the food was ok, the service was pretty poor. The tables were pretty cramped obviously aimed at getting as many people through the door as possible, a little disappointed really

The Mossbrook Eckington Update

We did visit again, it was near the bank holiday and a lot of the pubs were quiet busy.  We just wanted to relax as the good wifey had just spent 3 days roughing it at a guide camp.  She deserved something tasty and warming to eat. The Mossbrook do not do kiddies packs to keep them entertained and we know because we asked. !However  the waiter said give me 5 minutes and he came back with some old menus and some coloured pencils. The kids were sorted, excellent service above and beyond this time. The waiter was also great with the kids asking them lots of questions about what they liked to do at school, favorite food. When the food arrived it was absolutely great. No complaints at all. We will go back again when we have saved up a few pennies

The Brampton Manor Review 

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The Brampton Manor Review

The Brampton Manor was renowned for its posh middle class dining many years ago.

It was a last minute decision on a Friday night to book a table at the Brampton Manor on a Saturday for 6 PM. Yes I know its rather early but some of us have to occasional work on a Sunday.  Luckily it wasn’t me andI was looking forward to a little gastronomical indulgence. Brampton Manor 5.30pm as we pulled up the drive the sun was shining.

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Bread with Balsamic and pesto & Bread with Hummus and Olives

As we parked the car and strolled up to the Brampton Manor the first thing that struck me was the noise. mainly from all the kids playing outside on the climbing frame and generally running around everywhere, we had luckily secured our favorite trusted baby sitter (my Mum) for a few hours and the last thing I wanted to see was pesky shouting kids, I suppose the good weather has its positive and negative influences, I suppose that you have to let the kids out of the cage occasionally. Irresponsible parents leaving their kids to run havoc around strangers, but that’s a rant I will save for another day.


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Limited bar space at the Brampton Manor

It was pretty packed and we walked in and waited to be seated, they asked if we would like to sit outside, why not a glorious day so the ladies went to the table why we got the drinks at the bar, for such a big building the bar space was somewhat limited and we did have to wait for a while. Eventually we did get served around £20 for a large glass of white Chardonnay, large glass of Rose (for those who cant decide) 1 Pint of cider and 1 pint of Perroni, not cheap but not extortionate.



Brampton Manor Chicken and Chorizo

Chicken and Chorizo

Walking outside into the warm sunny glow I thought what a pleasant night this should be, but then I noticed the large upside down plant pot on the table as an ashtray and a number on it. A number can only mean one thing, bar service, so form posh to basically self service another little disappointment. (a silent grrr under my breath as I don’t want to appear to much of a snob in-front of friends). A quick perusal through the menu (an old clipboard with single pages clipped on there, can not decide if its trendy,chic or crass and common.)  There was quite a few choices on there and in the heat of the night I wasn’t sure if i wanted a full meal so I was happy to see a selection of sharing boards,


Inside it looked very small compared to its vast exterior, We could only see one small bar space witch at times was probably 4 deep with people waiting to be served (yes you had to order your food there as well) It was some what tired in places but then had some new modern seating,dinning areas. The exterior was very tired and in need of a good lick of paint and general tarting up but we were here for the food.


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Newly furnished Interior Brampton Manor


We walked back into the bar and eventually when we wrestled our way to the front and began our order and then we were told that food would be at least an hour (so booking a table for 6 pm was pointless, and very misleading, might as well be a brewers fayre.  Dissapointment and a silent grumble again. Ah well the sun was still shining so a large glass of Rijoa was in order to sip whilst the food was being cooked.

  • Manor Tapas £15 / £8Stuffed Field Mushroom with Goats Cheese, Pan Fried Chorizo and Patatas Bravas, Bruschetta with Brie and a Basil Pesto, Breaded Calamari with Garlic Mayonnaise and an Olive and Sunblushed Tomato Salad with a Wholegrain Mustard Dressing

  • Cajun chicken breast £10.95 

    • Served with Tomato, Field Mushroom, Onion Rings, Homemade Chips & Dressed Leaf
  • Chorizo & Chicken £6.95 X 2 Strips of Chicken Pan Fried with Chriozo & Topped with a Pesto Mayo

    • A Choice White Rustic Ciabatta or Sunblush Tomato Focaccia. All Served with Dressed Leaves and Slaw. Add Chunky Chips for Just £2

This was for 4 people along with a few snacks

Nibbles: Seletion of Breads with Balsamic & Olive Oil £3.50 Additional Portions £2.00 Warm Bread Hummus & Olives £4.50 Additional Portions £2.00

We had one bread with balsamic and olive oil, and 1 bread and hummous

The Brampton Manor Full Menu


Manor Tapas

Manor Tapas


Well after expecting an hour for the food we went back to the front line which was the mini bar area, this time we opted for a Malbec (sorry a little disappointing and expensive), upon returning back to our table outside, it was there “the food” it was only 30 mins since we ordered but the ladies were well on there way munching into the delights. (grrrr).

The Breads and bits at the Brampton, bread not bad at all, tomato infused. The pesto was fresh tangy and very tasty so I had quite a lot of that. The olives were very nice, mild and non offensive, even the non olive lovers said they enjoed them, I think it was to the brine they came in taking away any harshness of flavour. The balsamic vinegar was very thick, gooey and stick, I think they had reduced it a little in a hot pan but what did delight was the after taste of walnuts ( I will be trying to make that at home very soon) THE HUMMUS !!!! well the colour looked a little odd to

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Side order Onion rings Brampton Manor

start with but the taste was buttery,creamy lushness, moreish and quite velvety. Well worth the visit alone. The Cajun chicken was very tasty but bordering on the dry. The chicken and chorizo looked very scrummy but I didn’t have the privilege of trying any (You know who you are and if you read this please think on and give me a nible next time).  My dish the Tapas !! well the mushroom with goats cheese was simple and averagely tasty.  The Bruschetta with brie was tasty but a little grumble as I would have liked the cheese all over the bread and not just the middle. Potato Bravas, tasty but it seemed like they had new potatoes and chorizo, put them in a pan at the last minute and reheated them., ideally they should have been steeping together for a long time to allow the flavour to infuse into the spuds. Salad and mustard dressing was ok. CALAMARI very very nice indeed, crispy on the outside soft and flavorsome on the inside with a garlicky mayonnaise.

Brampton Manor Review


After the ups and downs at The Brampton Manor we will be visiting again, we are even thinking of going in December for Christmas dinner. A very pleasant night out, not overly expensive and the food was very tasty.

The Mossbrook Eckington

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