Father-son duo at New Forest Fish and Shellfish proving fairly a catch

A FATHER-SON duo mixed one’s ardour for fishing and cooking with the opposite’s nostril for enterprise to arrange a thriving store within the New Forest.

Bart Small was simply 21 when he launched New Forest Fish and Shellfish simply earlier than the pandemic hit in March 2020, promoting contemporary fish sustainably caught by dad Scott Bewley, who runs his boat out from Mudeford most days.

“I began off delivering fish from my dad’s boat straight to folks’s properties,” mentioned Bart. “This was at a time when many weak folks had been struggling to get meals, and we had been promoting it very cheaply to assist them out.

Bart Small and his dad, fisherman Scott Bewley, at the New Forest Fish and Shellfish shop
Bart Small and his dad, fisherman Scott Bewley, on the New Forest Fish and Shellfish store

“In November I opened the store at Danestream Farm in Bashley after renovating an outdated pottery, and the response has been and nonetheless is overwhelming.

“The neighborhood is absolutely behind us – we’ve had folks queueing exterior and the suggestions from prospects is that ours is the perfect fish they’ve ever tasted.”

His efforts had been recognised on this yr’s New Forest Brilliance in Enterprise Awards, profitable the perfect younger individual in enterprise class.

Round 90% of the fish Bart sells is caught by Scott, together with bass, turbot, brill, triggerfish, bream, pink mullet, whiting, lobster and crab.

The rest is landed from south coast waters or organically farmed in Scotland, and consists of salmon, Cornish cod and Dover sole.

Scott takes his fishing boat out from Mudeford most days
Scott takes his fishing boat out from Mudeford most days

“Our fish is seasonal, and what we catch or can pay money for depends on the climate, the tides and the time of yr,” mentioned Bart. “What we need to do is encourage locals to strive new fish and advise them on alternative ways to cook dinner it.”

Novice chef Scott livestreams cooking demonstrations to Fb and produces movies on the way to fillet a fish in an effort to steer prospects away from the usual go-to species like cod and salmon.

“Persons are reluctant to purchase several types of fish, significantly if it’s costly, by means of concern of getting it unsuitable after they cook dinner it,” mentioned Bart. “However now we have some nice fish domestically that’s actually fairly priced and really easy to cook dinner. We need to assist change folks’s relationship with fish by breaking down that barrier.”

Bart grew up watching his dad fish, and as quickly as he left faculty aged 16 he was eager to affix him out on the boat.

“After a few years, although, I made a decision it wasn’t for me; it’s a extremely laborious life,” he mentioned. “I then went on to work for native fishmongers, and skippered a ship for Dorset Fish and Shellfish – it was very small scale and seasonal. I fished utilizing a rod and line, catching bass, plaice and mullet in the summertime months.

“I arrange the store as a result of there was not very similar to it within the New Forest, so I wasn’t treading on any toes.”

Most of the seafood Bart sells is caught locally
Many of the seafood Bart sells is caught domestically

After having fun with enormous success, Bart is increasing the store this yr to incorporate a processing room and smokery, and taking up two new staff and a financial institution of employees.

This summer season, he plans on launching a pop-up restaurant within the next-door discipline, and from subsequent month the enterprise might be serving takeaway meals from a cellular catering trailer based mostly at Danestream on a Tuesday night.

“The providing might be completely different each week, starting from fish and chips, prawn curry, fish tacos and po’ boy – which is an American fried seafood sandwich,” mentioned Bart. “We’’ll even be taking the trailer to native seafood and meals festivals, and protecting weddings and different occasions. We’ve had a little bit of expertise protecting features, having not too long ago operated an oyster bar at a personal backyard occasion.”

Bart additionally runs a stall at Hythe market on a Tuesday, with colleague Adam Torrington working a fish counter at Parlourmentary in Southbourne on a Friday and Saturday. The corporate additionally sells its produce exterior Fordingbridge Farm Store on a Thursday and Setley Ridge Farm Store on a Saturday.

New Forest Fish and Shellfish provides the Forest Foodie, the Gun Inn at Keyhaven, Anissa’s Thai Kitchen in Lyndhurst, the Seaside Hut Cafe at Friars Cliff, and New Park Manor resort in Brockenhurst.

It additionally continues to run house deliveries each Friday.

For extra info go to www.newforestfishandshellfish.com

To look at Scott’s cooking demos, comply with the enterprise on Fb.



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