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Vale-House-Kitchen-Shooting Experience Pheasants

The Game Experience – 2 Day Course

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We’re hosting ‘The Game Experience’ bringing you a unique opportunity to spend two full days with two of the South West’s most inspiring Gamesmen, Tim Maddams and Frank Shellard.
Tim is a chef, food writer and cookery teacher with a love of the Great British countryside and wild food. He has worked under such culinary luminaries as Fergus Henderson, Marco Pierre White and Mark Hix. Tim has written and published the River Cottage Game Handbook and whose knowledge of game is second to none.
Frank Shellard owns and runs Manor Farm Estate, and is a qualified CPSA instructor. This is a family run shoot in Wellow just south of Bath. Locally known as “Shellards Shoot” it won The Shooting Times best small shoot in 2013.

Day 1
You’ll start Day 1 with a warm welcome at Shellards Shoot, a few breakfast bites and given a full briefing for the day.
Each of the participants will get to shoot on a 100-bird driven day, with lunch included. Shellards Shoot is just over 600 acres, largely centred on a deep, hill-flanked valleys and woodland. Franks always shows challenging birds that will test even the best of shots. His shooting philosophy is succinct: “What I aim for is to provide an experience of the whole day for the Guns. It’s not just about pulling a trigger, but we try to ensure the sport is full and meaningful from the first coffee on meeting to the end of the day.”

Shooting Instruction
Shooting Safety
Shooting Etiquette
Countryside Code

Day 2
You’ll spend the Day 2 taking part in a game butchery and cookery course hosted by Tim Maddams at Vale House Kitchen. He’ll show you just how to bring out the best in game, with a series of practical preparation and creative cookery tasks. You’ll be shown a modern approach to game cookery as well as the more traditional style, starting with the whole animal and ending with a delicious three-course meal. The trouble with game is that it’s often a case of feast or famine and it’s all to easy to get stuck in a rut with the cookery. This course will give you the confidence to put game back on the menu in your own kitchen.
Lunch is included.

Slow cooking
Fast cooking and smoking.

Course dates: 8th December 2018 - 9th December 2018

Price per person: £650

2 day - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


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“Ending up eating a wonderful meal together is a fantastic way of completing the process and socializing with the other guests. Great day”

Course Member - Game course

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Course Member - One day shooting course

“Thank you for a lovely day…. You’ve inspired me to change how I prepare and cook venison and maybe even change my worklife.”

Course Member - Venison course