Wild about fresh food
PUBLISHED: 18:01 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009
FOR centuries the British have enjoyed hunting and then cooking the prey they caught. However, this pastime of yesteryear seems to be somewhat of a dying trend and is often looked down upon. One Woolmer Green hunter-gatherer, who is determined to let peop
FOR centuries the British have enjoyed hunting and then cooking the prey they caught.
However, this pastime of yesteryear seems to be somewhat of a dying trend and is often looked down upon.
One Woolmer Green hunter-gatherer, who is determined to let people know what's out there though, is Stuart Blackman, who runs Country Bumpkin.
His firm, which is just over a year old, gives you the opportunity to live like a king for the day and go out and bag woodland foods such as rabbit and pigeon.
The former graphic designer, who lives in New Road, told the WHT he started the company after years of being passionate about all things outdoors.
"I have always been into hunting and love the outdoors.
"Last year I thought there must be more people out there like me, so I decided to start the firm up.
"Now that I'm doing it, there's nothing better. I love the fact that my office is the outdoors."
The 34-year-old, who has a barn wirh a converted kitchen inside, said: "It is a very satisfying feeling when you take someone out, teach them how to catch and then get them to cook it and absolutely love what they're eating when they get back."
Country Bumpkin has many other entities, however.
Stuart and his team of four provide Wild Food nights across pubs in Times Territory, such as the Red Lion in Woolmer Green, and the Robin Hood and Little John in Rabley Heath.
He also runs professional hog roasts, the Country Bumpkin Café at Woolmer Green Farmers' Market and the shop as well.
Stuart, who admits to being a bit of repressed chef, said: "I would like to thank all the pubs and my family who have helped me start up.
"We are passionate about wild food and spreading the word - we do proper fast food!
"Pan-fried pig-eon breast with cara-melised balsamic onions, crayfish in a mild chilli sauce, garlic and coriander marinade, rabbit burgers with a fresh tomato salsa, for example.
"All meat is wild and sourced locally, cooked while you wait."
For more information visit www.thecountrybumpkin.co.uk or call him on 01438 816535..
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