Getting ready for a maritime fiesta!
Ilfracombe has a rich maritime history and its close links to the sea is one of the things we love about being here – whether that’s the day-to-day workings of the boats in the harbour; the array of watersports and activities you can take part in; the fabulous seafood that come straight from the Atlantic waters or simply just setting out on the South West Coast Path and admiring the views across the ocean.
People often think of Ilfracombe as a Victorian seaside town, but its seafaring past goes way back – it’s played a huge part in the country’s maritime history. Did you know that the man who carried news of Nelson’s death home to England was born in Ilfracombe? Captain John Lapenotiere was a British Royal Navy officer and commanded the HMS Pickle which was at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival
We’re really proud to help carry on this maritime tradition by taking part in this weekend’s Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival on 1-2 September. It’s a celebration of everything to do with the sea and there’s loads going on. Needless to say, we’re manning our foodie stall!
We’re partnering with Nathan Townsend of Passmores fishmongers to create some great dishes and we’ll be shucking oysters supplied by Phoebe Chope who picks and processes them on the Torridge, just outside Instow.
So, come along and try an oyster, with one of our gorgeous dressings, or perhaps feast on our special seafood risotto. We couldn’t resist having some of Eliot’s famous hand-made scotch eggs too, made with flaked Exmoor ham hock, Farmer Bob’s free range eggs, fresh herbs and fennel – with piccalilli on the side!
And if you’re vegan – no worries as we’ll have an option for you too.
It’s the first time we’ve taken part in this great fiesta-style event, so do come along and say hello, and get ready to party!