Christmas Menu 2014

Published by oystershack on November 6th, 2014

 

 

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November Newsletter

Published by admin on November 3rd, 2014

Dear Shackers,

We hope you are all well and enjoying the change of season. Summer time to Autumn seems to come around very quickly but it also mean that there are a whole host of new ingredients to buy that our chef couldn’t wait to get his hands on! We’ve had orange cauliflowers, some fantastic squashes and beautiful beets that have graced our menu these past few weeks and complimented our seafood dishes perfectly. We’re so very lucky to have such amazing fresh local produce right on our doorstep!

We have lots to tell you this month, the holiday maker may have gone home but we’ve been busier than ever. As some of you may know we popped up at Plymouth Seafood Festival a couple of months ago and only last week we did a cookery demonstration at The Big Food Show in Exeter which was a great event. Next we have lined up a pop up at Mount Edgecumbe House for their annual Christmas Fayre on 13th & 14th December as well as another live cookery demonstration. We’ll be serving our delicious Cornish oysters as well as a warming fish pie.

As well of all of our outside events we’ve been going to we’re also hosting a few here at The Oyster Shack. First up will be our own live cookery demonstrations, spend an afternoon with us and learn how to cook some fantastic dishes taught by our head chef. Tickets are £40 each and will include a welcome drink, the demonstration, followed by the meal you have just learnt to prepare. Dates for each session are 12/11/14 starting at 10.30am, 26/11/14 & 10/12/14 starting at 5.30pm, spaces are limited to 15 per session so booking is essential.

We’ll also be hosting a ‘Meet the Brewer’ evening on Thursday 4th December at 1930. Local brewery Quercus Devon Ales will be joining us for an evening of beer tasting, a talk about the brewing process and how to match the beers with seafood. We’ll be offering 20% off the total of your food for those of you who book in advance.

As ever we have our fantastic value set menu available every day until 24th December. We have a Christmas version of this menu available for your Christmas parties – perfect for groups small and large. If you book a table over 10 for our Christmas menu, the organiser will receive theirs free of charge! This Christmas we will also be selling Christmas trees beneath our sail. We’ll be selling noble fir trees known for their beauty, the noble fir has a long keep ability, and its stiff branches make it a good tree for heavy ornaments, as well as providing excellent greenery for wreaths and garland. Trees will be £6.60 per foot and we’ll be offering a 10% discount off your tree if you dine with us the same day as your tree purchase.

In other exciting news this month we also went up to Torquay for The Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards evening. We all had a wonderful evening at the much anticipated event and we were incredibly happy to have won a silver award for Best Restaurant! This is another great accolade to sit alongside our AA Rosette. Thank you to all who help to make The Oyster Shack so special, we couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of the all of you.

If you’re hosting a party at home or just love our wine that much, you can now take it away with you. Please ask a member of the team for the take home wine prices.

We’re now into our winter opening hours which are: Monday – Saturday 12-3pm for lunch and 6-9pm for dinner, Sundays we’ll be open from 12-3pm and closed on Sunday evenings. Our annual close down will be on Sunday 4th January and we’ll reopen again on Wednesday 4th February.

We hope to see you all soon at The Shack,

Love Chris & the crew

P.S. If you can’t wait for next month’s Shack Splash, come and find us on one of our social media pages to see all of the latest goings on!

Facebook – The Oyster Shack Bigbury
Twitter – @theoystershack
Instagram – @theoystershack

 

 

Shack Winter Warmer
(Serves 5)

Ingredients:

225ml dark rum
110ml calvados
6 tbsp Maple syrup
Milk
Ground nutmeg for garnish

Preparation Method:

1. Place the rum, calvados and maple syrup into a saucepan

2. Add enough milk to the saucepan to make up to 1 litre before heating.

3. Heat the liquid until simmering

4. Serve in 5 heat proof glasses

5. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

It’s certainly getting colder and this wonderfully autumnal cocktail is perfect for those cozy nights in by the fire!

 

Dressed crab with crème fraiche and herbs
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

For the crab mix:
100g fresh picked white crab meat
½ red chilli finely diced
½ green chilli finely diced
1/2 small red onion finely diced
Pinch of freshly sliced chives and parsley
2 tbsp crème fraiche
½ lemon or lime zested and juiced
Salt and pepper

For the salad:
1/4 radicchio lettuce washed and sliced
Pinch frizzy lettuce washed and picked
¼ cucumber de-seeded and finely diced

Pinch of watercress washed and picked
1 brioche bun
Chicory leaves (optional for garnish)
Pinch of paprika

Lemon to garnish

Method:

1. For the crab mix combine all of the crab meat together with the chilli’s, red onion, chives, parsley, crème fraiche and lemon.

2. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Chop the brioche into cubes and toss it enough olive oil to coat, bake until crisp.

4. Take a cold martini glass and layer the salad starting with the radicchio, then the frizzy lettuce followed by the cucumber.

5. Top the salad with the crab mix, a pinch of paprika, the croutons and watercress.

6. Garnish with chicory leaves and a wedge of lemon.

This recipe is a fantastic stress free starter great for any dinner party as the crab mix can be made the day before and stored in the fridge. Crab is something that is caught all over the Devon coast and is incredibly sustainable and of course a favourite of ours here at The Oyster Shack.

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Our new menu offers have started! 1 course for £10, 2 for £12 & 3 courses for £14

Published by oystershack on October 2nd, 2014


Click here for more information as well as our fishmonger and children’s menus.

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October Newsletter

Published by oystershack on October 2nd, 2014

Dear Shackers,

Wow! What an amazing climate we have! We hope you are all enjoying the late summer! It certainly has allowed us to continue our famous al fresco style dining for longer!

We were very excited to have been short listed down to the last 4 restaurants by the Herald Express for their “The English Riviera & South Devon Tourism & Hospitality Awards 2014” for best restaurant. At the time of writing we don’t yet know the result, so will keep you posted!

We had a fantastic weekend down at the Plymouth Seafood Festival at the end of September selling our crab soup, lobster rolls and 1100 oysters. On the Saturday we sold our entire weekend’s stock of oysters and we had to make a mad dash to our suppliers to restock for the Sunday and managed to sell out of them by the end of Sunday as well!

This year’s winter offers started on Wednesday 1st October with a fantastic trio of options serving delicious, locally sourced and freshly prepared seafood which we are famous for! £10 for 1 course, £12 for 2 courses and £14 for 3 courses. Our Christmas menu will be available in December which is perfect for parties. And don’t forget that if you book a Christmas party for 10 or more, the organiser eats for free! To look at the menus and offers, please go to www.oystershack.co.uk or just pop in and have a look.

This New Year’s Eve our Winter Wonderland Shack will be open from 5pm until last bookings at 10pm. The A la Carte menu will be available and if you are staying to see in the New Year, we would love to share a glass of Champagne with you. Fancy dress is optional, so just come and share a special evening with us to celebrate the old year and welcome the new.

New for the winter we are starting our Shack Cookery Demos with our Head Chef, Andy who will be demonstrating how to prepare a menu which you can then eat afterwards for a group of 15 guests. The dates are Wednesday 12th November starting at 10.30am for coffee and biscuits and after the demonstration there will be a Question & Answer session before you sit down to a set menu for lunch. The other two dates will be evening demos on Wednesday 26th November and 10th December starting at 5.30pm for a welcome drink followed by the Set menu demonstration on 26th & Christmas canapés demonstration followed by dinner on 10th December. The groups are strictly limited to 15 each, so book early.    The cost will be £40 per head.

We will be open during October from 12 noon until 9pm.
Winter opening hours start on Sunday 2nd November
Monday to Saturday 12-3pm, 6-9pm, 12-3pm on Sundays and closed on Sunday evenings.

We close on Sunday 4th January 2015 and re-open on Wednesday 4th February 2015

Facebook page – The Oyster Shack Bigbury
Instagram – @theoystershack
Twitter – @theoystershack

Daily Tide Times are posted on Facebook & Twitter at 7.30am every day

The Crew is looking forward to seeing you at the Shack very soon,

 

Chris & the Crew
25 years serving Devon’s best seafood!

 

Guinness Bloody Mary

Serves 2

Ingredients:

500ml tomato juice
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Juice of half a lime
50ml Vodka
1 drop Worcestershire sauce
200ml bottle Guinness Extra Stout

Garnish:

Celery salt
Dill pickle
Cornish Yarg
Olives

Preparation Method:

1. To prepare your glass, use lime juice on the outside of the rim and roll it in celery salt. Prepare a cocktail stick with a pickle, olive and square of Cornish Yarg and set aside.
2. In a shaker combine the tomato juice, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lime juice, vodka, and Worcestershire sauce, add ice and shake.
3. Pour the mixture into your prepared glasses, and add ice. Split the Guinness over the top of each drink.
4. Add the prepared garnish, sprinkle with celery salt and serve. Add Tabasco for an extra kick (optional).

Why not try this cocktail alongside half a dozen au naturel oysters?

Happy sipping!

 

Cauliflower soup with scallops

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower head (trimmed, de-rooted and finely sliced)
250g butter beans (drained)
2 Spanish onions (peeled and finely sliced, save some for frying)
200g  celery (trimmed, washed and finely sliced)
½  leek (cut green off, wash well and finely sliced)
1 clove of garlic (peeled and sliced finely)
100g butter (diced)
1 bay leaves whole
150ml white wine
1 litre vegetable stock
200ml  litre cream
Pinch of ground cumin & nutmeg
150g scallops diced

Method:

In a large pot heat the oil and butter, add sliced onions, celery, leeks, garlic, bay leaf and sweat down for a few minutes.   Add the spices and cook for a few minutes making sure the mixture is only a very light golden colour

Once the vegetables are sweated down, add the cauliflower and allow to cook through,  then add white wine and reduce the liquid by half

Pour in the vegetable stock, bring to the boil, simmer for at least 5 minutes

Blitz or put in a blender, adding cream slowly and check the seasoning

Fry the remainder of the onion in hot butter until crispy

To serve, pour into warmed soup dishes, garnish with the diced scallops, crispy fried onion and chopped parsley.       Enjoy this delicious warming soup with a taste of the sea on top!

 

Andy Richardson, Head Chef

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September Newsletter

Published by oystershack on September 15th, 2014

This year’s winter offers are returning on Wednesday 1st October with a fantastic trio of options, £10 for 1 course, £12 for two courses and £14 for three courses. And we will be open during October from 12 noon until 9pm. Winter opening hours start on Saturday 1st November
Monday to Saturday 12-3pm, 6-9pm, 12-3pm on Sundays and closed on Sunday evenings.

Hello Shackers,

August has been sublime with beautiful weather and lots of you returning to the Shack and many more new Shackers! It is always great to catch up and see so many of you over this period of time. We were delighted that the Duchess of Cornwall came back to have supper here with some family friends and her son, Tom Parker Bowles, who mentioned us in despatches in the Event magazine for the Mail on Sunday. Thanks Tom, it was lovely to welcome you all here again.

Also, we are absolutely delighted to say that the AA have awarded us One Rosette and the Good Food Guide has included us in their ‘Local Gem’ section “recognizing those perfect neighbourhood eateries that we all wish we had on our doorsteps”! Thank you to all you Shackers for your support, without you we could not be what we are.

The Oyster Shack is very happy to announce that we have a new Head Chef, Andy Richardson, who joins us from the River Cottage Canteen at the Royal William Yard, Plymouth. Andy worked here a couple of years ago and left to go to River Cottage, so we welcome him back with open arms and are thrilled that he has agreed to take up this position. We are looking forward to his Shack inspired dishes, ideas and offers for the winter and his expertise in the kitchen.

Martin Benjamin, our Head Chef since 2013, has moved on from the Shack to fulfill his life’s ambition and open his own restaurant in Plymouth. We wish him the best of luck in his new venture and thank him for all the hard work and professionalism that he has shown us over the time he has been at the Shack.

We have been knocking walls down!! We have installed a new biomass fireplace behind the till which will be far more eco friendly and also joins together the express area with the main restaurant. We will post some pictures on Twitter @theoystershack and our Pearls of Wisdom blog on the website for you.

Our “Oyster Shack at Home” outside catering service is picking up speed with the Paella and Buffet menu being the most popular. We would love to tailor an event to your individual requirements, whether it be a large or small party, we can pack chests for you to serve, bring your meal and staff to cook and serve it or just hire you the paella pan for you to cook your own. We have just cooked an enormous paella and provided a buffet with lime & chilli prawns, roasted vegetable couscous and lots of other salads for a Garden Party in Kingston for 150 guests which was great fun. Give us a ring on 01548 810934 and speak to Amie or Vicki or send an enquiry to events@oystershack.co.uk 

If you are going to Plymouth’s Seafood Festival on Saturday & Sunday 27th & 28th September, come and find us, we will be there serving up the Shack’s best lobster rolls, crab soup and crab claws, oysters and other delicious things.

Coming soon – Shack Cookery Demos – spend a couple hours with our Head Chef, Andy, learning new skills preparing and tasting seafood dishes with an intimate group of 20. Limited spaces – dates to be released soon.

Facebook page – The Oyster Shack Bigbury

Instagram – @theoystershack

Twitter – @theoystershack

Daily Tide Times are posted on facebook & Twitter at 7.30am every day

The Crew look forward to seeing you at the Shack very soon,

Chris & the Crew

25 years serving Devon’s best seafood!

 

Shackberry Gin

(Serves 6)

Ingredients:
A large handful of fresh mint sprigs (keep 6 for garnish)
24 cucumber slices (keep 12 slices, 2 for each tumbler)
150g fresh blackberries (keep 12 back for garnish)
Juice from 3 limes + 6 wedges for garnish
8 tsp muscovado sugar
150ml Hendricks gin
150ml Soda water
Crushed ice

Preparation Method:
1. Put 6 tumblers in the fridge to cool

2. Place first 5 ingredients in a large jug.   Gently press mint leaves, cucumbers, and blackberries against side of the jug with a wooden spoon to release flavors. Stir in the gin and soda water.

3. Place your tumblers on a tray, fill with crushed ice and pour cocktail over the ice.

4. Garnish with cucumber slices, fresh blackberries, lime wedges and mint sprigs.

With the lovely blackberry season in full flow, this cocktail captures the real taste of autumn fruitfulness and making 6 at a time ensures that it is enjoyed with friends!!

Happy sipping!

 

Fillet of Cod & Mussels with Caponata

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:
2 x 180g Cod Fillets
6 Mussels
2 medium courgettes, finely diced
1 medium aubergine, finely diced
3 mixed peppers, finely diced
3 red onions, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
4 plum tomatoes de-seeded, diced
30g capers
Few leaves basil chopped
Few leaves parsley chopped
Salt and pepper

Preparation Method:
Pre-heat oven to 180º or Gas Mark 4

1.  In a hot frying pan, fry off the courgette and aubergine in a little olive oil, when browned, remove from the pan and place in a saucepan.

2. Return the frying pan to the heat and add the peppers, onion and garlic and cook until soft but not browned, remove from heat and add to the other vegetables in the saucepan.

3.  Add the tomatoes and the mussels or clams to the saucepan and cook on a low heat for 4-5 min until all the ingredients are well combined, the sauce has slightly thickened and the mussels/clams have opened.

4.  Place the fillets of cod (or the fish of your choice) into the hot frying pan and cook for 3 minutes skin side down, turn over and cook for a further 5 minutes in the pre-heated oven.

5. When ready to serve add the remaining ingredients and freshly chopped herbs  to the saucepan and season to taste.     To serve, divide the caponata into two large warmed bowls, put a fillet of fish on the top and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of parsley.

This is a great end of summer treat either served with simple grilled fish or just tossed with some pasta and fresh mussels or clams.

Enjoy with a nice glass of chilled white wine!

Andy Richardson
Head Chef

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August Newsletter

Published by oystershack on August 1st, 2014

Hello Shackers,

To celebrate our 25th anniversary we have just designed a new Desserts menu and the logo at the top looks amazing. The main menu remains the same and includes all your favourites such as Salcombe lobster, crab, mussels and our delicious fish dishes, but when you come to choose your dessert we have a delightful choice on a separate menu for you.

This summer so far as been fabulous, the weather and the ambience here at the Shack is exactly the same as the Mediterranean. No need to go abroad, to fight with airport queues or foreign languages, just holiday down here, drive across the tidal road at low tide, up the green and shady lane to the Shack and experience the relaxed and unique atmosphere, eat the freshest local seafood and toast friendship together.

Our “Shack at Home” outside catering service is picking up speed with the Paella and Buffet menu being the most popular. We can tailor an event to your individual requirements, whether it’s an outdoor buffet or indoor dinner party, we can pack picnic chests for the beach or just hire out the paella pan for you to cook your own. Give us a ring on 01548 810934 and speak to Amie or Vicki.

If you are looking for a Front of House position or a job in our kitchen, we would be delighted to hear from you. Give us a ring with your CV on 01548 810876 and speak to myself or our Restaurant Manager, Joe and have a chat about any vacancies we might have coming up.

Old Bay are celebrating their 75th year, this fantastic seasoning is on all our tables and is a great compliment to any seafood. If you haven’t tried it, next time you visit us we highly recommend you try it with the calamari, prawns or crab. We import this delicious spice from America, but it is available to purchase from us.

Or if you prefer to organise a voucher for your loved ones, family, friends or just as a thank you, we can easily arrange one to the value of your choice and post it on with your personal message.

Also, Charlotte, our Pastry Cook, is brilliant at making, designing and decorating cakes, so if you have an event here and you want to have a special cake made, she would be very happy to design one for you.

For our latest news, menus and foodie photos, check out our Facebook page – The Oyster Shack Bigbury, follow us on Instagram – @theoystershack or Twitter – @theoystershack.
Daily Tide Times are posted on Facebook & Twitter at 7.30am every day.

Don’t forget to book a table during the summer season to avoid disappointment,

The Crew is looking forward to seeing you at the Shack very soon,

Chris & the Crew
25 years serving Devon’s best seafood!

 

Hugo

Ingredients:
30ml Fiorente Italian Elderflower Liqueur
100ml Prosecco
Splash of Soda
Crushed mint leaves

Preparation Method:
Fill a large wine glass with ice cubes, add the crushed mint and then pour the Fiorente over the top.

Add the Prosecco and top up with soda

This is one of our most popular and easy to make cocktail!

Try one at home, you will love it!

Enjoy!

Joe Pinder
Restaurant Manager

 

 

Shack Mixed Grill with Tomatoes & Samphire

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
4 Equal portions of each fish
(eg. Trout, Monkfish and Bream)
8 cooked Crevettes
16 cooked Shell on Prawns
4 Tomatoes, cut into wedges
120g Samphire, washed & trimmed
10ml cooking oil
Salt & pepper
Wine wine
50ml Fish stock
20g butter
Pinch of mixed herbs

Preparation Method:
To cook the fish, preheat a frying pan to a high heat, oil the fish fillets on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Pan fry for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Preheat a separate frying pan and add the tomato wedges, fish stock, butter, mixed herbs and samphire and bring to the boil. Season to taste and then add the crevettes and shell on prawns and cook for 2 minutes.

To serve, place the tomato and samphire in the middle of a large dinner plate, reserving the juices. Place the fish on top and the seafood around the fish. Drizzle with remaining pan juices.

This mixed fish grill is a truly delicious example of fish and seafood at its best.

Happy eating!

Martin Benjamin
Head Chef

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July Newsletter

Published by oystershack on July 1st, 2014

Dear Shackers,

At The Oyster Shack we have just celebrated 25 years serving Devon’s best seafood! I have been here for 10 of those years and we decided tohave a fantastic party! Chef laid on a delicious buffet, the sun shone and we had a brilliant cake made by our Pastry Chef, Charlotte which was ceremoniously cut. A great time was had by all. It’s always amazing to hear how many incredible memories and stories are wrapped up at the Shack, If you have any old Shack photos we would love to see them.. Here’s to the next 25 years! Thank you all of you, we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Shack Birthday coincided nicely with the 25th Bigbury Fun Run on 28th June. All of the runners had Tshirts with the Oyster Shack logo emblazoned on the front.

We’d like to thank Dane for giving us the opportunity to sponsor the event.

The Oyster Shack is now able to offer an outside party catering service. If you are thinking of having a celebration at home and want a taste of the Shack we would be very happy to come and meet you to discuss your requirements and provide a quote. The menus can be designed to your individual requirements and we can provide wine from our extensive wine list if you wish. We also hire out our gigantic Paella pan which will serve up to 80 guests and we can pack picnic chests for your party. We recently provided canapés for a Livewire charity event at Antony House and Chef sent out four enormous picnic chests to another private event. Give us a call on 01548 810934 and speak to Amie or Vicki.

Jobs are always available for the right chef or front of house crew, so if you are looking for a position at the Shack ring the restaurant and speak to me or Joe with your CV.

For any of our gifts just ask one of the crew or give us a ring with your requests. We have Old Bay Seasoning, Oyster Shack caps and embroidered Oyster Shack aprons all in stock. Or if you would prefer to organise a voucher, we can arrange one to the value of your choice and post it on.

For our latest news, menus and foodie photos, check out our Facebook page – The Oyster Shack Bigbury, follow us on Instagram – @theoystershack or Twitter – @theoystershack.
Daily Tide Times are posted on Facebook & Twitter at 7.30am every day.

Don’t forget to book a table during the summer season to avoid disappointment.
The Crew is looking forward to seeing you at the Shack very soon!

Chris & the Crew
25 years serving Devon’s best seafood!

PS. We have just had our “staff training” evening at Bigbury beach where 25 crew members kayaked and paddleboarded round Burgh Island. The sun was shining, the sea was flat calm and we had a brilliant time on the water. Many thanks to Matt & Harry at Discovery Surf School.

Here’s is the evidence!

 

Bigbury Breeze

Ingredients:
50ml Plymouth Gin
10ml Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
100ml Apple Juice
Ice & lemon

Preparation Method:
Fill your cocktail shaker with crushed ice, pour in the ingredients and shake well

Strain into a tumbler filled with ice cubes and add some raspberries, blueberries or blackberries

Garnish with a wedge of lemon

This easy to make cocktail is perfect for the long summer evenings thinking of the Bigbury Oyster Shack!

Enjoy!

Joe Pinder
Restaurant Manager

 

Panfried Scallops with Butternut Puree & Samphire

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:
3 large scallops per person
(cleaned & de-roed)
50g Samphire
50g Butter
10ml cooking oil
Salt & pepper
1 Shallot, peeled & sliced
1 small Butternut Squash
20ml double cream

Preparation Method:

For the Butternut Puree, melt half the butter in a saucepan and add the sliced shallot. Peel, deseed and slice the butternut squash and add to the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the cream and continue cooking until butternut slices break down. Put into a blender and blitz thoroughly, season to taste and keep warm.

To cook the scallops, preheat a frying pan to a high heat, oil the scallops on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Panfry for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

To cook the samphire, heat a small saucepan over a medium heat. Melt the remaining butter and add the washed samphire. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring gently until it turns a vibrant green.

To serve, spoon the butternut puree onto a warm plate and place the samphire alongside, adding the scallops on top.

The samphire is only available for such a short time and is a beautiful salty taste of the sea to accompany scallops combined with the sweetness of the butternut puree. This is an easy-to-cook, melt-in-the mouth meal to remind you of The Oyster Shack!

Happy eating!

Martin Benjamin
Head Chef

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June Newsletter

Published by oystershack on June 1st, 2014

Dear Shackers,

May has been a month of wonderful sun and dreadful rain, the weathermen always say that it is the gateway to summer!! I hope they are right and as “the oak came out before the ash, we are in for a splash” this summer. Lunches have been outside every day, but the evenings are still a little bit chilly.

This year the Oyster Shack has been going for 25 years and I have been here nearly 10 of those years! How time flies when you are enjoying yourself!

We are delighted to say that in order to celebrate our joint 25th anniversaries, we are sponsoring the T shirts for this year’s 25th Bigbury Fun Run on 28th June. It is a hugely popular event and attracts a large entry from locally and further afield. We wish all the runners good luck and hope that everyone raises lots of money for their charities. We have been asking the crew if any of them would like to run with no-one coming forward so far, but we hope to have a representative!

Our Sn’ Happy Hour with 25% off all shellfish is continuing between 4 and 6 pm on weekdays only (excluding Bank Holidays Mondays) until 30th June inclusive. This has been a great offer and it is lovely to see so many of you taking up the opportunity.

We are definitely still looking for great Chefs of all levels, and full time Front of House Crew, so if you know of anyone who is looking for a job and can start immediately, please get in touch. Due to our location, they will have to have their own transport and be prepared to work to our shift pattern which includes evenings and weekends.

In addition to our Fishmonger take home menu, we are offering a party catering service if you are thinking of having a celebration at home and want a taste of the Shack, we can provide you with a bespoke menu and arrange the event for you. From a small dinner party in your dining room to a marquee event for up to 100 guests, we are happy to come and meet you to discuss your requirements and provide a quote.

Our Fishmonger menu is on the website, so if you would like us to pack up an order ready for you to collect, please give us 24 hours notice and we will be happy to supply oysters, mussels, crab, lobster or a Shack fish pie.

And don’t forget our gift vouchers which make wonderful presents for friends and family occasions. Just give us a ring with the amount, the message and where you would like it to be posted and we will do the rest. Also, for sale we have Old Bay Seasoning, Oyster Shack caps and embroidered Oyster Shack aprons.

We are now open 7 days a week from 12 Noon until last orders at 9pm until the Autumn, but it would be advisable to book a table during the spring and summer months to avoid disappointment.

The Crew is looking forward to seeing you at the Shack very soon,

Chris & the Crew
25 years serving Devon’s best seafood!

 

Long Island Spiced Tea Cocktail

25ml Plymouth Gin
25ml Bacardi
25ml Tequila
25ml Vodka
25ml Triple Sec or Cointreau
25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
25ml Sugar syrup
Cola

Put all the ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice cubes and top up with Cola, stir well and garnish with a slice of lemon. The alcohol level is very high, so treat with care!

It has a mixed history, one story is that it was invented in the 1920’s by a community called Long Island in Tennessee and the other story is based on a cocktail competition entry for a contest in 1972 at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island.

Whatever the history, drink it slowly and enjoy it while you can remember! Two of these will give you instant memory loss!!

Happy sipping,
Chris & the Crew

 

Whole Roasted Bream with Fennel & Apple Salad

1 400g bream per person
Thin slices of lemon
10ml olive oil
Salt & pepper

For salad:
1 Fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 Pink Lady apple, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
Cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Ask your fishmonger to scale, gut and defin the bream. Make three shallow cuts into each side of the bream and insert a slice of lemon in each. Coat the bream with olive oil and season well.
Place bream on a greased oven dish and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

While the fish are cooking, combine all salad ingredients in a bowl and mix together well, season to taste.

When the fish are cooked, serve with a good helping of the salad.

The bream and the salad compliment each other beautifully, with the taste of the sea and the tangy crispy apple and fennel.

Happy eating!
Martin Benjamin, Head Chef

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May Newsletter

Published by oystershack on May 1st, 2014

Dear Shackers,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. We were really busy and so pleased to see lots of Shackers and meet new ones as well.

During the Easter break we had an 82nd birthday, a 10th birthday and a marriage proposal amongst other great Shack events! We served over 900 oysters, 110kgs of Mussels and we lost count of the number of Lobsters, there were at least 95!! Plus 12 Fruits de Mer a day over the 4 days! Beautiful fresh seafood! You simply will not get a better, fresher plate of deliciousness in South Devon!

The new awning is up, the tables are laid and we are serving lunches outside in this beautiful sunshine!! The best kept secret is back out in the open!!

We are now open 7 days a week from 12 Noon until last orders at 9pm until the Autumn. It would be advisable to book a table during the spring and summer months to avoid disappointment.

We have some fantastic offers for May; our SET MENU with 2 courses for £12 and 3 courses for £14 runs on weekdays only (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays) from 23rd April to 23rd May inclusive.

And our Spring Happy Hour with 25% off all shellfish is between 4 and 6pm on weekdays only (excluding Bank Holidays Mondays) from 23rd April to 30th June inclusive.

We nearly always have positions available for great Chefs of all levels, together with personable and fun front of house Crew, so if you know of anyone looking for a summer job please get in touch. Due to our location, they will need to have their own transport and be prepared to work to our shift pattern which includes evenings and weekends.

Our Fishmonger take home menu is on the website, so if you would like us to pack up an order ready for you to collect, please give us 24 hours notice and we will be happy to supply oysters, mussels, crab, lobster or a Shack fish pie.

Thank you again so much for putting money in the envelopes for the Fisherman’s Mission on our restaurant tables. The support is so appreciated. Also, if you are an avid Masterchef watcher, you can find out more about sourcing sustainable fish and shellfish. Go onto the bbc.co.uk/masterchefwebsite and have a look, it is full of fascinating facts and information about where in the world fish come from, what is the best time of year to eat them and lots more.

Don’t forget about our gift vouchers – theymake wonderful presents for friends and family occasions. Just give us a ring, tell us the amount, the message and where you would like it to be posted and we will take care of the rest. We currently have a number of things for sale including Old Bay Seasoning, Oyster Shack caps and embroidered Oyster Shack aprons.

The Crew is looking forward to seeing you at The Shack very soon!

Chris & the Crew
25 years serving Devon’s best seafood!

 

Shack Swizzle Cocktail

Ingredients:
30ml Plymouth Gin
25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml ginger & lemongrass cordial
Sparkling water*

Preparation Method:
Put the gin, lemon juice and cordial into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake well and then strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

*If you want a long refreshing drink, strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a highball glass filled with ice and then top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.

Chef’s Tip:
To make your own ginger & lemongrass cordial, put a handful of peeled and thinly sliced ginger and 2 finely sliced sticks of lemon grass that have been bashed flat into 10ml of water with 4oz sugar and the juice of a lemon. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for half an hour. Leave liquid to cool and then strain into a jug. Cover and place in the fridge until required.

 

Fillet of Wild Sea Bass with Wild Garlic Pesto Couscous & Pan Fried Cherry Tomatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients:
200g sea bass per person
200g couscous
12 halved cherry tomatoes
Chopped parsley

For pesto:
Handful of wild garlic leaves thoroughly washed
250ml vegetable oil
10g toasted pinenuts
1 tbsp grated parmesan
Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth, season to taste.

Bring 400ml of water to the boil, pour over the couscous and leave for 5 minutes. Combine pesto and couscous together and season to taste.

Place sea bass fillets on a greased dish, lightly season with salt and pepper and place under the grill for 4 minutes each side.

Fry the halved cherry tomatoes in a little oil until softened.

To plate, place a spoonful of wild garlic couscous in the centre of each warmed plate, place the fillet on top and garnish with cherry tomatoes and pan juices. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

This is a truly delicious taste of spring with the wild garlic leaves infused with the freshness of the sea bass. It is very quick and easy to cook and I know you will love it.

Happy eating!
Martin Benjamin, Head Chef

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Shack Special Offers in May & June!

Published by oystershack on April 17th, 2014

 

 

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