The ‘Catch & Cook’ Experience Package


Written by: Isobella Ash

Earlier this week we welcomed Nick Weston and his team to our Kimbridge beat, on the River Test, to announce the launch of our new collaboration; a Catch & Cook experience package as well as promoting Nick’s new cookbook “Adventures in Wild Food” that is available to purchase later this month. Despite the bad weathers best efforts to dampen the mood, we had a fantastic day that consisted of fly fishing, foraging, and waterwheel cooking, resulting in some delicious surf and turf prepared by the Hunter Gather Cook Team (HGC), including some trout that was caught by guests on the day.

Join Orvis UK, Nick Weston and his team from HGC this Summer for a morning of fly-casting tuition, where you will be given fly rods and taught about fly choice, essential knots, how to read the water, casting and retrieve.  The day will also include a foraging walk around the fishery in search of wild plants to accompany the trout in the outdoor kitchen, a variety of taster dishes including Brown and Rainbow Trout gravadlax, ceviche, barbecued and hot smoked. Plus, filleting and preparing your catch, as well as foraging for plants to accompany a range of gin cocktails, in partnership with The Botanist Gin.

Brown and Rainbow Trout gravadlax

HGC is a foraging and cookery school that specialises in game butchery, wild cocktails and outdoor cookery, exclusively over live fire. The HGC Tree House HQ sits in the middle of mixed woodland on a stunning 40-acre farm near Lewes, East Sussex. Orvis UK is the trusted source of fly fishing, discovery and adventure in the natural world. The partnership with Orvis UK has formed naturally due to their shared passion for creating authentic outdoor experiences.

“Fly fishing and foraging are personal passions of mine, so this was a natural partnership to create. Having access to the Orvis beat on the world-renowned River Test made this Catch & Cook package even more special. I fish with an Orvis Helios 3 fly rod and love the companies’ ethos of conservation and encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors.”


Nick Weston, Founder of HGC

All will be held on the Orvis Kimbridge river beat, near Romsey where you will have exclusive access to clear chalkstream waters with fantastic facilities including easy access to a thatched fishing lodge, making it ideal for entertaining. This productive beat is a third of a mile in length with a medium river-flow rate, with interesting shallows and a bubbling top pool. This Catch and Cook Experience day can have up to 10 people having fun day on the river so book soon to not be disappointed.

Dates for the Catch & Cook summer session include Sunday 21st September on the Orvis Kimbridge Beat on the River Test in Hampshire, for £350 (inc VAT) per rod. To book your place, please contact Emma Sandham on emma@zambuni.com 

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