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Mackerel ‘BLT’

MACKEREL ‘BLT’ Ingredients 2 mackerel fillets, pin boned and divided into 4 ¼ tsp English mustard 4 slices of white bread, crusts off 1 beaten egg 300g pancetta lardons 1 little gem lettuce 200ml rapeseed oil 200g cherry tomatoes, halved Method Start by rolling out the white bread as thinly as possible Egg wash one […]

Marinated Mackerel with Passion Fruit, Lime & Coriander

MARINATED MACKEREL WITH PASSION FRUIT, LIME & CORIANDER  Ingredients 2 mackerel fillets, pin boned 2 ripe passion fruit, deseeded ½ lime juice 3 tbsp olive oil 1 red chilli (medium heat) deseeded & finely chopped 1 tsp caster sugar 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander Pinch salt & pepper Method Place the mackerel fillet on a […]

Mackeral Tartar with Cucumber Ribbons

MACKEREL TARTAR WITH CUCUMBER RIBBONS Ingredients 2 mackerel fillets, pin boned & finely diced 1 tsp finely chopped parsley ½ lemon grated ½ lime grated 1 small banana shallot, finely chopped 1 tbsp capers 1 tbsp mini cornichons Salt & pepper Garnish ½ cucumber peeled and sliced with a Japanese finger slicer (mandolin) Method Mix […]

Salt Baked Mackerel

SALT BAKED MACKEREL Ingredients 2 whole mackerel, gutted and cleaned 1 tbsp fennel seeds 500g sea salt 1 egg Zest of two lemons 1 tsp roughly chopped dill Method 1.     Put all of the ingredients (except the mackerel) into a blender to make the salt paste. 2.     In a deep tray, put half of the […]

Cookery Demonstration at Melplash Show 2015

Tony, our Head Chef, chose to cook mackerel 4 ways at this year’s Melplash Show.  The demonstration was well attended and the audience were very excited and complimentary about the dishes which were all prepared and cooked in half an hour: Salt baked Mackerel Mackerel tartar with cucumber ribbons Marinaded mackerel with passion fruit, lime […]

Results of our Melplash Show Fish Cake Competition

Thank you to everyone that supported our competition at this year’s Melplash Show.   Amateur chefs were tasked to cook three fish cakes with a hot or cold sauce.    We were please to get 9 entries, and they were all different. The results are as follows: Rebecca Wren Pam Hutchinson Meg Cleal Highly commended: […]

Head Chef, Tony Shaw, Cookery Demonstration at Melplash Show

Our Head Chef, Tony Shaw, will be giving a cookery demonstration at the Melplash Agricultural Show, West Bay, Bridport on Thursday 27 August.   The demonstration takes place in the By-the-Sea marquee at 11am.  Please do come and support him. The Riverside will also have a stand in the marquee where we will be displaying the entries […]

Riverside recommended by Hardens Restaurant Guide

The well-known Harden’s Restaurant Guide in its latest newsletter highlights the Riverside as a place to eat seafood.. although of course it should say for over fifty years! Arthur Watson “has maintained high standards for straight-from-the-sea fish, simply presented, for over thirty years”, at this “lovely” spot, which benefits from a “wonderful” harbourside location; “great-value […]

10 top seafood restaurants in Dorset August 2015

Sue Quinn, an independent food writer,  has highlighted us as one of her best 10 seafood restaurants in Dorset in August’s Dorset Magazine: “Arthur and Janet Watson, who have run this lovely West Bay restaurant for more than 50 years, received gongs for services to hospitality in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Their fantastic seafood […]

Fish Cake competition 2015

If you enjoy cooking we’d love you to enter our Fish Cake Competition – closing date Friday August 21. Every year we run a cooking competition at the Melplash Agricultural Show, this year happening on Thursday 27 August. The winners will be the cooks recognised by the judges for producing, in their opinion, the best […]