Mallard with mushrooms

Mallard, the. common or garden town park duck is, in. my humble opinion a much underrated meat, the breasts are delicious and sweet, and just the right size for a one each portion. There are a few things to bear in mind, firstly, I think it’s a good idea to slip a knife under the […]

Smoked Haddock Croquettes

I love smoked Haddock; I’m always surprised it doesn’t feature more often on restaurant menus. Yes, it crops up from time to time for breakfast, or the odd soup if you are lucky but most of the time it is overlooked, and often overshadowed by some bigger names, Salmon or Trout often the culprits. But […]

Grouse Perfection

Grouse, chanterelles and blackberries Could there be anything more seasonally apt than this recipe? They all arrive at more or less the same time and whilst this may not be a bumper year for grouse it is certainly one for the Chanterelles and the Blackberries. If you cannot get the lovely, woodland scented, bright yellow […]

Smoked Prawn Risotto

Risotto. You either love it or you hate it. I love it, but there is a strict condition, It must be well made. I am not a traditionalist, I like my rice cooked – not over-done and stodgy, but not nutty to the point of unpleasantness either. I like butter added at the end but […]


Green sauce, Salsa Verde….. There are moments in everyone’s kitchen life that strike the eureka chord in the brain and unravel or reveal a whole new set of possibilities and ideas. There is the moment you work out that you’ve been cooking your Yorkshire puddings too hot, the combining of spices to create a mix […]

Tim’s Taramasalata

Whether you are a fan of this salty smoked garlic spiked paste or not it is worth noting that I have yet to buy one that has been as good, or even close, to the one you can make yourself (wait for Fiona’s Chesil version – Ed).Back in the mists of time when I was […]

Tim’s Crab Cakes

What is it about a fried fish cake? Is it the crunchy texture of the outside, or the mellow fishy herby softness of the inside, or a combination of the two? I don’t know, but what I do know is that some fish cakes are good, some are average and some transcend the mundane world […]

Oysters with a difference

I love oysters, they are one of my all time favourite things. Chesil Smokery supply the non native “Rock” or Pacific oyster; healthy, large, tasty, sustainable and totally delicious. Unlike their smaller native cousins, you can eat these all year round. Lots of people do not like oysters though, they present a little too much […]

Tim’s Fish Pie

I have tried to avoid this, it’s a such a tricky one as everyone has a personal favourite version. Some people like hardboiled egg sliced into the sauce along with the fish, others think this is simply sacrilege and smacks of parsimony. Some people insist that a fish pie is not a fish pie without […]

Smoked Chicken Caesar salad.

Some days you feel like you really want to cook; there could be no finer ambition in life than to joyfully wash, chop, sauté, season and serve – the joy of the labour, the creative verve, ah, bliss. Other days, not so much. This is one of those cheeky little lunches that works a treat, […]

Mitch Tonks’s Fish Pie

Ingredients For the mashed potatoes 1kg/2lb 4oz potatoes, cut into 5cm/2in chunks 50g/2oz butter 100g/3½ oz crème fraîche 3 tbsp warm milk pinch salt and white pepper For the filling 500ml/1 pint milk 250g/9oz smoked haddock 200g/7oz cod loin 1 onion 1 bay leaf 3 cloves 2 leeks, washed and chopped 50g/2oz butter, plus 25g/1oz for dotting on top of the pie 1 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp plain flour 100g/3½oz […]


Fish bits ‘fritto misto’ and real tartar sauce  “Fritto misto” is a lovely little cover all meaning lots of things fried. I like to do this in breadcrumbs, and shallow fry in a pan with a light oil or a little butter or a mix of the two. I prefer this to battering and deep […]

Tim Maddams’s Retro Crab Salad

You can lobster at me all you like, for me, crab is the king of the crustaceans…………….There’s is something satisfyingly British about crab. The idea of a crab sandwich is one thatyou are unlikely to think of in the context of world beating dishes but its the simplicity, theunwitting celebration of the best crab meat […]

Smoked Eel – June 2019

Despite many requests over the years, we have always declined to offer smoked eels, due to the parlous state of the UK eel population. However, the Sustainable Eel Group have been harvesting a limited number of glass (baby) eels from the Rivers Severn and Parrott under licence from the Environment Agency. These have been reared […]

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