HEAD CHEF Gill Meller and Steven Lamb, our head of events, recently took a break from a rain-sodden River Cottage Cookery School to chat about their recent trip, along with Hugh, to the recent MAD Symposium in Denmark. The two-day event was assembled by chef René Redzepi of the famed restaurant Noma, at Refshaleoen in Copenhagen. The pair, together with foraging expert John Wright, will return this weekend for the Viking Festival Samsø, where they'll prepare a Viking feast with a River Cottage twist to celebrate the arrival on the island of the world's largest reconstructed Viking ship; Havhingsten from Glendalough. The island of Samsø, home to only 4,300 people, is an old Viking meeting place nine miles off the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. One thing that makes the place so remarkable, besides its Viking links, is that 100% of the island's electricity is generated by a renewable energy source: wind power. Watch the video >
Fish at River Cottage
This one-day course is an absolute must for all amateur fish cooks. Drawing on the in-depth information in Hugh and Nick Fisher's River Cottage Fish book, it will equip you with all the know-how you need to confidently prepare and cook a range of delicious fish and shellfish. During the day you'll learn about the River Cottage ethos of sustainable fishing, Hugh's Fish Fight and how to get the best from your ingredients. "I loved it, and would recommend it to anybody wanting to improve their skills. I'll be back." Read the Cotswold Cook's blog after a recent visit to the River Cottage Cookery School.
You all going on a summer holiday? Pay us a visit . . .
Did you know Axminster was an 18th Century outpost on the former coaching route between London and Exeter, 20 miles down the road? To this day it remains a convenient stop for families heading deeper into Devon and Cornwall on their summer holidays. Why not pay us a visit before you take your onward journey for a well-earned break in the South West? If you're stopping for an evening meal make sure you book online. Meanwhile over in Plymouth you can travel in style to our Canteen on the Royal William Yard water taxi (shuttles between the Yard and the Barbican daily) - and what's more we'll knock the price of your fare ticket off your bill. Our Armed Forces Offer has now been extended and is on all day, every day, whileTom's Pies are the latest in the long line of local producers to pay us a visit. And finally the C-word - Christmas. Believe it or not we're taking bookings for Christmas parties. See you soon x
Hugh will this year be joined by chefs Tim Maddams and Gill Meller, the irrepressible Steven Lamb, Hugh's Three Hungry Boys and a host of local producers at our Autumn Fair. Tickets £15.50, under-12s go free
Brett's trying to bring his fresh Thai curry pastes, made to his grandma's 100% natural recipe, to the UK - but he needs help. That's where you come in. Check out the rewards you could get on Peoplefund.it
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