Elver and Smokery Visit and Lunch in Gloucestershire: Tuesday 31 October 2017

Date: 31/10/2017
Event Time(s): 10.45

Location: Severn & Wye Smokery, Chaxhill, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire GL14 1QW

Number of places left: 12

Price: £10.00 (Members) and £N/A (non-members)
How to Book: To provisionally reserve a place, please email

Richard Cook set up the Severn & Wye Smokery in 1989 when he decided that the valuable fish resources of the River Severn and the River Wye were not reaching their full potential and value. This historic fishery goes back over 1,000 years and is renowned particularly for its wild salmon and eels.

As time went by and the success of the Smokery grew it became increasingly obvious that producing and processing solely wild fish was not a sustainable business model. Farmed salmon is now the principal part of the business 12 months of the year with local wild salmon now becoming a luxury to be enjoyed from June to September, during the wild fishing season.

The Smokery focuses on supplying restaurants and over the years has gained a reputation as the ‘chefs secret’ for making bespoke cures and products, working with chefs including Martin Wishart, Gordon Ramsey, John Williams, Galvin Bros, Marco Pierre-White and Corbin & King.

The Smokery now processes only MSC-certified haddock, mackerel and herring (for its kippers) and it is actively trying to source a constant and reliable supply of ASC-approved farmed salmon so as to offer another product of added value to its range.
This day will begin at 10.45am with a visit to the Gloucester Elver Station which is holding over 120,000 eels as part of their elver restocking programme. The Elver Station is also acting as a transit point for the export of crabs and lobsters.
Members will then be taken to the Severn & Wye Smokery to arrive at about 11.45am for a tour of the new visitor centre and an introduction to all the changes that have been undertaken to make the site a zero carbon unit. 
Members will have a chance to ask questions over lunch at 1.30pm. After lunch there will be a tour of the factory floor and a chance to taste some of the Smokery's products.
At 4.30pm members will be taken to a local water course to witness an eel release and sample some local cider on the riverbank.
Logo of Severn & Wye Smokery

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Directions: If you do not wish to drive to the event, members can be picked up by coach from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station, Bath Road, Bristol BS1 6QF at 9.30am or Gloucester Railway Station, Bruton Way, Gloucester GL1 1DE at 10.30am. (You will need to organise your own transport to and from Bristol or Gloucester Railway Station.)

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