Produced in Kent promotes the great range of produce you can buy from Kent – the Garden of England and last Friday I went to the launch of their new fishy trail, Sole to Soul . The event was held at the Coastguard pub and restaurant at St Margaret’s’ Bay and the pub is renowned, not only for its excellent food but also for its spectacular beachside position and the fact that it is the closest pub in Britain to France!
The new trail guide includes information on where to buy responsibly caught fish and seafood, how to prepare it and also details many of Kent’s best fish restaurants, including the wonderful Wheelers, in my home town of Whitstable. The launch also gave local fisherman Darren Jenkins the opportunity to tell us the benefits of using small boats to catch the fish rather than using damaging deep nets.
The chef at the Coastguard prepared a delicious feast – local scallops in Kentish bacon, devilled crab tarts and mackerel roasted on beach pebbles, a recipe that apparently dates back to Roman times. She also spoke passionately about why she always uses food sourced as close to the pub as possible and only when it’s in season – you won’t find frozen peas on the menu here!