Wednesday, 10 November 2010

A school for seafood on West Hill

Lobster pots on Budleigh beach

Living by the sea in Budleigh Salterton we're lucky enough to be able to enjoy fresh fish, either from the High Street's excellent fishmonger G. & K. Sanders or even straight off the beach.

The only thing I've got against fish is the bones. "Just eat a mouthful of bread," they told me when I first tried to eat kippers and complained about those whiskery little filaments that somehow manage to avoid your knife and fork and end up trapped in your teeth.

Budleigh Salterton is fortunate in having its own fishmonger

It's those annoying little bones that put people off buying good value whole fish like mackerel and herring. But now you can keep up with all those foodies on the BBC's Masterchef programme and learn how to deal with some of Budleigh's fresh fish by attending a demonstration at Rosehill Rooms and Cookery on West Hill.

Willi and Sharon Rehbock started their luxury boutique style bed and breakfast business in a splendid Victorian villa a few years ago and it has got off to a fine start. I'm sure their cookery centre will be equally successful if the glowing praise for their hospitality at places like Trip Advisor is anything to go by.

Catch of the day on Budleigh beach

Scaling, gutting, skinning and filleting fish are some of the tasks that you will learn to do, as well as dealing with shellfish. And if when you try out your new skills at home you do come across any bones that you missed while filleting, you can always rely on that mouthful of bread to deal with them. Along with cooking fish, the Rehbocks are also teaching bread making in the cookery demonstration.

The cookery day on Saturday 13 November 2010 starts at 11.00 am and finishes at 3.00 pm. There are further cookery days on Tuesday 23 November and Moday 6 December. For more details phone 01395 444031, or click on

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