Meat or Fish? You decide…

20 August 2014

A blood thirsty butcher is to go head-to-head against a cold blooded chef in the second round in a series of Meat Vs Fish challenges.

Nick Mellin, co-owner of sustainable food business Roaming Roosters, is to take on Antony Shirley, executive chef for the Seafood Pub Company, in a revenge match at Roaming Roosters in Higham on September 4th.

Antony won round one of the Meat Vs Fish battle at The Oyster and Otter by 26 votes to 24.

Diners who book on to this and following events will enjoy a live demonstration, reception drinks, three-course meal and lots of banter.

In the red corner, Nick ‘the knife’ will be fighting the cause for meat; while bobbing and weaving in blue corner in support of fish, will be ‘Anton Le Poisson’.

Nick said: “There is absolutely no question which is best, we run an online meat shop and have a butcher’s counter for goodness sake; not a fishmongers!

“The Meat Vs Fish roadshow gives us a real opportunity to get on our carnivore soap box and fight the corner for proper meat.

“After a very narrow defeat in round one we are determined to leave the fish team floundering in round two! We’re on home turf this time so there is only going to be one winner!”

Antony responded: “Whilst old McDonald is messing around on his farm, Captain Neve will be landing the finest fish around. Those butcher boys are going to be in deep waters!"

“Like our haddock, the butcher is going get battered!”

The Meat Vs Fish roadshow will roll out to other gastro pubs and restaurants within the Seafood Pub Company in coming months.

Tickets for the first Meat Vs Fish event at Roaming Roosters are selling fast. To book your place, please call 01282 612828.


Picture shows: Nick ‘the knife’ Mellin squares up to Antony Shirley as they prepare to do battle in the first round of the Meat Vs Fish challenge.

For further information please contact Fiona Ritchie on 07900 902111 or email [email protected]

The Meat Vs Fish Roadshow will visit the following destinations in coming months:

  • The Assheton Arms, Downham, Clitheroe (Nov)
  • The Derby Arms, Longridge (Dec)

About Roaming Roosters

Roaming Roosters is leading the way for clean, honest food. The beauty of Roaming Roosters is that no one else combines butchery and farming like we do; they are either specialist butchers who try to farm, or farmers who try to butch.

Our strong heritage in both farming and butchery means enables us to offer expertise in both of these key areas of our business, and as such we truly can offer our customers the full package which others can’t.

About The Seafood Pub Company

The Seafood Pub Company is a gastro pub group with a difference. Truly creative food, delivered in outstanding surroundings with knowledgeable, interactive and fun service.

Each site has its own personality and forte but the best food, surroundings and service is the driving force which runs through them all.  With a family history going back generations in the fishing industry the Seafood Pub Company brings the best quality catch possible to the plate.

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