Smuggling, seafood and seasonal conviviality

Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth.
Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth.
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Berwick’s Slow Food Group are inviting people to the next in their series of seasonal meals – this time a seafood extravaganza at Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth on Thursday, April 7.

The Georgian Mansion, once home to infamous local smuggler John Nisbet, stands on the harbour and has wonderful sea views so is a very fitting venue for this fish based meal.

Slow Food was founded to protect local produce and to promote the pleasures of sharing food with family and friends. Gunsgreen will certainly offer chance for both a sociable evening and chance to try a menu designed by Eyemouth based company Giacopazzi’s to showcase local, sustainable fish and seafood.

Lisa Wilson of Berwick Slow Food explains, “This is a fantastic chance to enjoy some of our best local produce in the Georgian dining room at the top of Gunsgreen which has amazing sea views.

“It’s a particularly appropriate setting for a foodie event as at the time it was built certain food and drink items were highly taxed by the government.

“You can still see the secret hiding places used for both smugglers and contraband, including the tea chute which runs the length of the house and the vast cellars that lead directly out to sea.

“We are delighted that Derek Janes the very knowledgeable Administrator will join us on April 7 to give everyone a tour of the house.”

On the menu will be Seafood and Saffron Chowder, Pan-fried Crab Cakes and a selection of Oysters, Eyemouth Haddock, Italian style fish stew, with clams, mussels, squid, prawns and mackerel and Poached Sole with salmon mousse.

To finish this convivial meal, guests will tuck into Giacopazzi’s famous sharing ice cream gateau.

The Slow Food Seafood Meal will be held at Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth at 7pm on Thursday, April 7.

Tickets are priced at £25 for the three course meal and tour of the house (£20 for Slow Food members).

Booking is required.

For further information, please contact: Slow Food Berwick – Tel. 01289 388543 Email: