Tales of the Sea – A Fishermen’s Supper

Saturday, 10th August | £120

As part of our Summer of Shellfish campaign, we invite you to an evening celebrating the unsung heroes of our seafood industry hosted by Jack Stein alongside Padstow fisherman Johnny Murt and St Ives fish merchant Matthew Stevens. Join them at Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow for a special event that brings the rich stories of our local fishermen and trusted suppliers to life, with plenty of seasonal shellfish dishes.

We deeply value the relationships we have with our suppliers, especially the fishermen who brave the seas to provide us with the freshest catch. To honour their dedication and create a memorable supper for guests, we are hosting an evening where seafood excellence meets captivating storytelling.

A Fishermen’s Supper

The 3-course menu and canapé on arrival has been created by Jack with each dish being paired with a carefully chosen wine by Charlie. The evening’s focus is on the very best British seafood and fine wines, and lively conversation with all guests seated in a communal style.

The Menu

with pumpkin seeds, Serrano chilli and coriander sauce
with wakame salad and wasabi mayonnaise
A classic French dish of Padstow lobster cooked in a light cream and Noilly Prat sauce with fines herbes. Gratinated with plenty of Parmesan and served with thin cut chips
with poached peaches and lemon verbena ice cream

Three courses and paired wines – £120pp
including a £10 donation to Fishermen’s Mission

Meet Your Hosts

Your host for the evening, Jack Stein, will guide you through a celebration of shellfish and fascinating narratives. Our esteemed fish suppliers, Matthew Stevens and Johnny Murt, will join Jack to share their lifetime of stories in the trade, giving you a glimpse into the lives of those who bring the freshest Cornish catch to our tables.

Jack Stein
For Jack, it’s all about the food – working with suppliers to create the best menus possible for our restaurants.

Jack kicked off his career working as a kitchen porter during the school holidays. His heart was set on cooking though, and he has worked as a chef at restaurants across the world, including La Régalade in Paris, before extensive travels to Australia, the Far East and Japan. Jack has been Chef Director of our restaurants since 2017, overseeing every menu.

Matthew Stevens
The Stevens family of St Ives, boasts a heritage spanning over five generations deeply rooted in fishing.

For more than two decades, Matthew has been our trusted supplier of top-quality fish and shellfish. The Stevens family legacy continues with grandson, also named Matthew, who shares a love for mackerel fishing in St Ives Bay, piloting his 18ft vessel under the same registration, SS10, as his great-grandfather’s boat in 1916.

Johnny Murt
Johnny Murt embodies four generations of Padstow fishing tradition.

The longstanding relationship between the Steins and Murts, spanning over 50 years, traces back to Rick’s father’s support for Grandad Murt’s first boat, the Boscastle Belle.
After studying Marine Biology and Fishery Conservation Biology in the US, Johnny returned to Padstow, where his passion for fishing and the town thrives.

Fishermen’s Mission

A £10 donation to Fishermen’s Mission is included in your ticket.
The Fishermen’s Mission is a vital charity dedicated to supporting fishermen and their families in times of need. Whether it’s providing emergency support during crises, offering financial aid, or giving emotional and pastoral care, their work ensures that our fishermen receive the help they deserve. By attending this event, you are not only treating yourself to an unforgettable experience but also contributing to the welfare of the fishing community.

Financial support helps The Fishermen’s Mission continue their crucial work, including:

  • Emergency Response: Assisting fishermen and their families in times of accidents, illness, or financial hardship.
  • Practical Aid: Providing essential items and financial assistance for daily living expenses.
  • Emotional Support: Offering counseling and mental health support to those facing the challenging and often dangerous conditions of life at sea.
  • Community Building: Strengthening the bonds within fishing communities through social activities and support networks.

Rick is a Vice Patron of the charity and knows how your participation will help make a real difference in the lives of those who risk their lives to bring us the freshest seafood.

Rick Stein’s Cookery School, Padstow

Saturday 10th August 2024 | £120

Rick’s Cookery School is an intimate dining space that overlooks the Camel Estuary.

Rick Stein’s Cookery School offers a range of cookery experiences, from one dish workshops and tasting evenings to four day courses and private courses or events for special celebrations and corporate get-togethers.

Summer of Shellfish

Since 1975, our restaurants have proudly featured a selection of fresh shellfish from British shores. Our Summer of Shellfish celebrates prized catches of lobster and crab landed in Cornwall to nostalgic seaside favourites like cockles and whelks, local fishermen and the skills of our expert chefs.