EPISODE 3 | Pembrokeshire
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In this episode, Robson travels around the Welsh Pembrokeshire coast where he goes in search of a special and highly sort after species…the Seabass.
In Saundersfoot harbour, Robson meets sustainable fisherman Berwyn who is lucky enough to own one of the very rare Seabass fishing licenses. Trawling for seabass is illegal in Wales and so commercial fishing is done by the traditional rod and line. With a half a ton of back orders on his books will Berwyn find Robson on board a help or a hindrance?!
Back on dry land, it’s time to see how the bass goes from port to plate in a matter of hours as Berwyn hand delivers his catch to chef Dougie who is a massive fan of Berwyn’s bass claiming the quality is unrivalled, which in turn has a huge impact on his own dishes. Dougie shows Robson the beautifully simplistic way to cook seabass – just char grilling on the BBQ with a little lemon and garlic butter.
Robson then travels to Carmarthen to find out about a fishing tradition that dates back to over 2000 years – Coracle fishing. Using keel-less boats constructed from a basketwork wooden frame, the Welsh ‘Sewin’ is the prize sought by the fisherman. Malcolm, an eighth generation coracle man believes the coracles were in his family long before archives began. The ‘Sewin’ can only be caught in the dark of night and after 7 stars appear in the sky.
On his final jaunt around West Wales, Robson gets on board the Penaluna chip shop van as he celebrates National Fish & Chip day by giving out free portions of the iconic British dish to the hard working Dr’s and Nurses of the NHS.