Don your apron and dive into a day of hands-on fish cookery and expert tuition at River Cottage.
Brimming with practical advice and delicious recipes, the one-day Fish Cookery at River Cottage course is an absolute must for amateur fish cooks. From filleting mackerel and cracking shellfish to cooking up a fabulous fish supper, we’ll equip you with the know-how and confidence to prepare a wide range of dishes from under the sea.
Set against the beautiful rural backdrop of Park Farm, your day will be a mix of practical lessons, demonstrations and chances to taste the fruits of your labour. You’ll learn about sustainable fishing, different species and techniques, and come away full of ideas on how to make the most of fish in your own kitchen.
09:30 - 17:00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.
Make yourself at home
You will meet your host and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.
Practical session one
Your first lesson will be learning how to prepare shellfish, such as freshly caught Lyme Bay crab.
Practical session two
We’ll teach you how to fillet, stuff and cook a fresh mackerel or similar fish.
Demo session one
You’ll discover the principles behind hot smoking fish, with a simple demonstration you can recreate at home.
Practical session three
Next we’ll look at the techniques needed to fillet different types of fish, and put your new skills into practice.
Practical session four
Next up, you’ll learn more about how to prepare shellfish.
Practical session five
To showcase your new skills, you’ll finish by picking crabs, preparing mussels and frying up some fish for your dinner.
You’ll sit down to enjoy the three-course fish feast you have prepared with a little help from the River Cottage chefs. Make sure you save room!
There will be time to chat to your fellow scholars and the River Cottage team, before being whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer.
Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.
On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.
This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.
We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.
If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.
We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food Reader Awards 2014
- The British Cookery School Awards 2014
- Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2015 Gold