This Ship Has Sailed! Goodbye Summer 2017... (a short film)


This week, we mark the end of another summer season for The Fisherman's Larder. We've had a great few months, producing hand-prepared dressed crab and sourcing just-caught, local, sustainable shellfish from hard-working fisherman out of Pittenweem and around the East Neuk. Once again, our delicious seafood has found its way to many loyal, regular and brand new clients. Thank you all for your support.

We've also had a great time hosting demonstrations and attending local markets and events. Highlights include Anstruther Harbour Festival, A Taste Of Summer at Ardross, Bowhouse Market, our own charity event, The Mermaid Cafe, our photo shoot with Dom at Duke Photography and last - but not least - filming with Stuart at Granite Creative Productions.

During the last couple of months, Stuart has joined Jim behind the scenes at The Fisherman's Larder to discover how our shellfish finds its way '...out of the sea, onto your plate'. During filming, both Stuart and Jim accompanied fisherman Richard Scott on board his boat The Fiona S, to see Jim diving back into his element: hauling in creels and landing the catch. Later, Stuart followed Jim on deliveries up and down the coast, with stops including Ardross Farm Shop in Elie, East Pier Smokehouse in St Monans, The FMA Fish Shop at Pittenweem Fish Market and the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar. Finally, we served up an alfresco seafood lunch in our back garden, to showcase the simple pleasure of enjoying locally caught, sustainable seafood.

So, as we say goodbye to another action-packed summer season, we're delighted to reveal the final cut of our short film, a celebration of seafood, which beautifully captures the essence of The Fisherman's Larder....


Come On Down To The Mermaid Cafe...


Ahoy!  It’s been a busy weekend for The Fisherman's Larder!

We’ve just hosted The Mermaid Cafe - our ‘sail out', pop-up event in aid of RNLI (Anstruther Lifeboat) 
and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

The Mermaid Cafe welcomed 30 adults and 14 children into our driftwood garden for an alfresco celebration of the sea - with a mouth-watering menu featuring locally sourced, sustainably caught seafood, homegrown vegetables & herbs and local, artisan ingredients. And the weather held fast for us all day!

We’re delighted to confirm that we raised £300 for two courageous charities - both saving lives at sea!

Scroll through the images to view our official invitation and finalised menu. Also, take a peek behind the scenes of our outdoor venue, via images from a pre-event photo shoot with Duke Photography. There are also a couple of post-event shots of Jim and crew enjoying the ‘after show’ party!


SPECIAL THANKS

* Darnley's Gin (for bringing their gin home to the East Neuk Of Fife! Now distilled at Kingsbarns Distillery & Visitor Centre, we loved using the spiced variety as the base for our seaside gin and garden strawberry fizz)

*Vegware (who create a range of completely compostable  disposables, ensuring that parties and events don’t have to cost the earth - or the ocean)

*East Neuk Shellfish + Fisherman Tam (who donated scrumptious, just-caught local shellfish)

*Pittenweem Chocolate Company (who donated their divine Salt + Caramel Chocolate, handmade in Pittenweem)

*The Golf Hotel Crail for lending us glassware and The Spindrift Guest House for lending us extra tables.

*Our fabulous guests - who quickly booked their spaces, travelled from all over the East Neuk, as far afield as Aviemore, Glasgow and Uruguay, braved a chilly September afternoon and gave generously to our two amazing charities. You were brilliant. THANK YOU! 

*Dominic Ibbotson at Duke Photography (whose stunning images say it all!)

*Event produced by Acoustic Wave - boutique media, marketing & entertainment studio

SUPPORT RNLI + BDMLR 

These incredible charities are saving seafarers and marine life everyday
Find out more at rnli.org and bdmlr.org.uk.

Hopefully, The Mermaid Cafe will swim into Pittenweem again next spring. Until then, bon voyage…















Save The Date! The Fisherman's Larder @ Bowhouse Food Weekend



Date For Your Diary! Catch The Fisherman's Larder​ at Bowhouse​ Food Weekend on Sunday 24th September - a laid-back, vibrant + bustling indoor market celebrating artisan makers and producers from in and around Fife.

Beneath the roof of an impressively converted barn, imagine sizzling street-food and off-the-beaten-track delicacies, mouth-watering aromas, rain-proof picnic areas,  gourmet ingredients, demonstrations,  a treasure trove of take-home treats, local craft drinks, children’s entertainment…oh, and a favourite with seafood…prosecco!

We’ll be there with our shellfish - ready-to-eat or take home - sustainably caught in creels from waters just a hop, skip and a sail from the Bowhouse venue.

From The Fisherman’s Larder: hand-picked and hand-prepared dressed crab (with no additives), decadent mini lobster cocktail pots, cooked lobster and cooked crab!

Discover more and whet your appetite at facebook.com/BowhouseFife/
Or go straight to the Bowhouse Food Weekend.

thefishermanslarder.co.uk …out of the sea, onto your plate.

Fishing For Compliments! Here's One We Caught Earlier...


"Jim Knox combines the jobs of a bespoke fishmonger and a raconteur of fishing lore" 
- Michael Raffael, 'Lust For Fife' Gourmet Traveller (Food and Travel Magazine)
 circa Spring 2014

#FishingForCompliments #Throwback #GourmetTraveller

Journalist: Michael Raffael
Photographer: Moe Kafer

See a film clip below from their visit, featuring Jim Knox of The Fisherman's Larder, or go to vimeo.com/74640995

 

Fife Langostines from Moe Kafer on Vimeo.

Get Hooked At Pittenweem Fish Market...


Love your seafood just-caught and straight off local boats?
Chart a course for Pittenweem Harbour!
Every day in July and August - the Fish Shop from Fishermans Mutual Association is at the fish market in Pittenweem's historic harbour.
Dive into a delicacy on-the-go or take home a treat for dinner....
Experience the taste of local, creel-caught lobster or Pittenweeem prawns and a treasure trove of East Coast ‪#‎specialities‬ including smoked mackarel, hot smoked salmon, smoked haddock, halibut, smoked mussels and baked herring...
Naturally, you'll also find local creel-caught, hand picked + prepared, dressed crab from The Fisherman's Larder.
Get hooked on the freshest, finest seafood at the FMA Fish Shop, Pittenweem!

Pittenweem - Simple Pleasures By The Sea...




Pittenweem - 'the place of the caves' - is the most enchanting village you may never have heard of...until now.  This ancient Pictish coastal settlement is tucked away like a pirate's hidden treasure in Scotland's East Neuk of Fife.  If you're lucky enough to find your way here, like many others, you may fall under its spell and never want to leave.

Now 'home' to an eclectic, vibrant mix of people; fishermen, artists, multiple generations of locals, incomers, part-time residents and regular visitors, Pittenweem also attracts the interest of holidaymakers from all over the globe.  The village has been featured in some of the world's most glamorous publications too, including Conde Nast Traveller, The Times and Coast Magazine. Unsurprisingly, some of our area's best known attractions have been well publicised.

On the other hand, without local knowledge, it's easy to miss what's happening beneath the surface - what you'll learn from a travel journalist is really just a drop in the ocean!  If you're a new visitor or recently-arrived resident, learn to live like the locals and discover the simple pleasures of everyday life in Pittenweem.  It's the perfect way to support the community - and become a part of what gives our seaside village its spirit! 

So, what are you waiting for? Take the plunge....
  • take a morning stroll on the high street, buy a loaf from the artisan baker, fish from the summer season FMA Fish Shop down at the harbour fishmarket...
  • make eye contact, smile and say hello to strangers
  • be a fisherman's friend; visit the nearby fisheries museum, support RNLI or The Fisherman's Mission
  • choose local gifts for your loved ones, from a boutique like Funky Scottish or the Weem Gallery and Framer.
  • visit the local pub and get to know real people, real fishermen, real stories....
  • ramble along the coastal path to a string of postcard-perfect east neuk villages
  • taste a just-caught cooked lobster or dressed crab from The Fisherman's Larder 
  • get to know the side streets, discover the 'neuks' and crannies 
  • live in the outdoors - plant a garden, bathe on the beach, grow your own, eat alfresco
  • venture along School Wynd, Bruce's Wynd, Cove Wynd, Water Wynd, Calman's Wynd, West Wynd and the well-hidden "Ghosty Wynd" - know the wynds and you know the village
  • visit the Funky Scottish cafe-gallery-boutique for an Illy coffee and delicious hand-made cakes.
  • pamper yourself with a massage from a trained, local therapist  
  • love your local farmer and enjoy the fruits of his labour - there's an abundance of local produce being grown in the fields behind Pittenweem.
  • place an order with celebrated Penmans Butcher of Crail...and have it delivered to your door!
  • take a deep breath of the fresh sea air - it's so good for you!
  • get your fish & chips from a local favourite - the little retro chippy on Pittenweem's high street.
  • talk to your neighbours 
  • keep the coast clear - reduce, reduce, reduce your plastic, reuse and recycle
  • be kind to the ocean and support a marine life rescue or marine conservation charity
  • be inspired by the local water babies...and go wild swimming at our outdoor pool
  • take part in local festivals in the area; food and arts...and more arts.
  • eat an ice cream from the little seafront shop, watch the waves as your worries melt away...
  • play on the seaside swings
  • indulge in handmade, chocolate specialities from The Pittenweem Chocolate Company and experience their signature hot chocolate in the Cocoa Tree Cafe.
  • visit the old church, learn about the 'weem witches and get keys to St Fillans cave - on Cove Wynd - from The Pittenweem Chocolate Company.
  • If you need a place to stay, choose accommodation with character in the heart of the village. We can especially recommend self-catering at Driftwood CottageThe Cooperage and Kirkgate Cottage. If you'd like B&B, cosy up in the Crows Nest on Bruce's Wynd, between the high street and the sea.
  • Walk along the coastal path or take a short drive to the Ardross Farm Shop for delicious, locally grown vegetables and local, artisan foods. 
  • relax, you're on the coast, the pace is slower and that's a good thing....

Welcome to Pittenweem! 



Credits
Boat image via Visit Scotland
Wild swimming image via Ben Howard - Every Kingdom (great seaside music)
Ice cream shop image via Conde Nast Traveller.