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Fishing and Foraging Wales

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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"A warm welcome awaits you here on the shoreline of Wales." A combination of saltwater lure angling for bass and other species, foraging, food and accommodation on the stunning Welsh coast. I want to show you what Wales has from the shoreline and further inland. You can do it all here with Fishing and Foraging Wales, the choice is yours.
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Angelika wrote a review Dec 2020
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Our foraging day started with the best weather Wales has to offer.We met with another couple at Matts cottage and the 4 of us went on a real foraging adventure.Being keen cooks and budding foragers we were very keen to increase our knowledge of sea and saltmarsh plants and their uses. We were not disappointed. Matt really cares about the environment and teaches how to harvest in an ecological sound way without damaging the delicate plants and their habitat . The seaweed harvest was enough for a memorable meal and the different flavours truly astonishing. The saltmarsh plants were an eye opener with intense and unexpected flavours. Everything was rounded off with one of the most memorable meals we ever had. 10 courses of absolute delight focusing on local ingredients.We loved the sometimes unexpected ingredients and combinations that will lift the most jaded palate.I can truly say that we have rarely enjoyed a meal as much as this one. We are already planning to be back for spring next year to see what nature has to offer in different seasons. Thank you Matt for a brilliant foraging day and incredible meal
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carys B wrote a review Sep 2020
Cardiff, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
This was the best day. We started on the beach, mostly looking for types of seaweed of which there were many. We moved on to the estuary where we sampled a variety of plants along with end of season marsh samphire. Next was the woods and a lovely green canopy where the mushrooms were more scarce this year though Mattt did find the one he wanted. Matt is a knowledgable forager who respects the environment and is careful of it. His enthusiasm is infectious and his desire to share a love of the natural word is endearing. After a whole day of looking for wild food he then prepared a feast of the senses for the four of us. Ten courses of delicious, meticulously prepared and beautifully presented food, all of which was sourced locally except for the chocolate. Well you don’t get much of that growing in West Wales!! Mum and Ioan were sous chef and waitress and they couldn’t do enough for us also. Don’t expect huge dishes, but do expect food of quality created with care and attention. We had lovely company too which was a bonus, and also the weather. It was a fantastic day of foraging and feasting, a complete and unique experience. Thank you Matt.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Cottagecandelabra wrote a review Sep 2020
Barry, United Kingdom15 contributions7 helpful votes
Matt's enthusiasm and love of the natural world soon rubbed off on us all. We started off on a rocky beach gathering plants and algae from the sea shore. He was very specific about what he would harvest and careful not to damage anything. He passed us bits and pieces of what he had snipped off and explained what they were whilst we tasted them. One ordinary looking bit of weed tasted like a salty truffle. All of this stuff we would be eating later, in the most memorable meal of my life. We then drove to an estuary to gather samphire and other greenery whilst we watched hundreds of Canada geese taking off and landing on the River Cleddau. The third part of the forage trip was in the woods when he sought and found fungi, Chanterelle and hedgehog mushrooms which he would be using in a broth later. Throughout the several hours of exploration, Matt was chatting about his love of West Wales and the importance of the balance of nature and his enormous respect for this, all in a very interesting and entertaining way. He was very careful to take just enough of what he needed and to allow the plants to regrow. He prepared a magnificent meal for us that evening, the like of which we had never eaten before. He was very modest about it but it was truly remarkable and delicious, seven courses if I remember correctly after all the wine we drunk. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates what the natural world can offer us and who enjoys very special ingredients cooked perfectly. Many thanks Matt and also to Ioan and your Mum who helped you in the evening.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from fishingandforaginguk, Owner at Fishing and Foraging Wales
Responded 23 Sep 2020
Hi thanks for the lovely review. Here is the selection of dishes you had on the day out. Leavened flat bread (36 year old yeast and proved for 36 hrs) Wild garlic preserved in its life cycle. Cured and air dried waun Valley lamb (Sagi an ancient British word for it. In Welsh Halltu oen) Limpets - Limpet mousse, samphire, (pickled and also fresh raw lower littoral zone seaweeds) Slow cooked and charred Beetroot, pickled beetroot leaf, preserved sea beet leaves, beet cooking juices and beet sauce, preserved hogweed seeds. Kelp soup, kelp emulsification, pepper dulse (sea truffle), sea radish and scurvy grass. Slow cooked duck egg yolk, Chanterelles, wood hedgehog, last years pennybun sauce sharpened with birch syrup. Lobster and the shoreline. - Lobster with estuary plants, laver seaweed and a sauce made with the lobster heads. Crab apple Ice. Day old cheese and last years raspberries. Stack rocks - Gorse flower custard, birch meringue coloured with ash. Chocolate cockle shells - Chocolate shells with seabuckthorn gel. Many thanks. Matt.
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CRAT85 wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom70 contributions3 helpful votes
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My Girlfriend and I had a fantastic day with Matt. We met with him and one other couple at his home before heading off to the woodlands for mushroom foraging. Matt, having worked as a chef in michelin* restaurants is highly knowledgeable when it comes to which plants, herbs and fungi can be used in the kitchen. After the woodlands we went to an estuary and then the seaside to gather a wide variety of ingredients. The foraging was both fun and very educational due to Matt’s wealth of knowledge. In the evening we returned to Matt’s home where he cooked us a feast using mostly the ingredients we had foraged that day. The food was sublime, especially taking into consideration that fine dining restaurants have a team of chefs where as Matt did almost everything alone. Highly recommended; fantastic experience all round.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Tom120 wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
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Both had an amazing day foraging with Matt - with trips to the woods for mushrooms (and a super haul of ceps), the estuary for sea herbs and a slippery walk on the coast for all manner of seaweeds. Really eye-opening to see the variety of wild plants that are available - will definitely be keeping our eyes peeled in future. And then the day was topped off with an incredible meal at Matt’s house, where the food was easily of Michelin star quality. All in all, a great day, warm hospitality and good value. We will be back - with friends!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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