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Blumenthal stays at the Quayside

Well we do seem to get a few film crews staying with us here at the Quayside Hotel in Brixham. Gregg Wallace from Masterchef fame came to stay earlier in the year and then a certain Mr Heston Blumenthal checked in.

Blumenthal was filming with his channel 4 crew Heston’s Fantastical Food – dishes that built Britain. Episode one “Fish & Chips” was filmed in Brixham.

Me (receptionist Vicky) with Heston Blumenthal on the Golden Hind in Brixham

Me (receptionist Vicky) with Heston Blumenthal on the Golden Hind in Brixham

One of the Golden Tickets to board Heston Blumenthal's HMS Chippy!

One of the Golden Tickets to board HMS Chippy!

It was a bit like Willy Wonka coming to town – golden tickets were issued and we were lucky enough to get 5 and off we went to board the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, which was turned into a floating Fish & Chip shop with a wonderful giant animatronic fish.

Obviously being Blumenthal nothing was what it seemed! All sorts of edible delights were tasted by the Quayside Hotel gang, as Blumenthal “deconstructed” fish and chips into his own marvellous creations :)

Blumenthal cruising the harbour overlooked by our Quayside Hotel

Blumenthal cruising the harbour overlooked by our Quayside Hotel

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Big crowds gathered around the Brixham harbour to watch all the action, but if you didn’t see it, do watch out for us on your screens on Channel 4, Tuesday 10th December at 9pm.

We were blessed with sunny weather, fabulous foods and Heston was a very nice chap! He even stopped to pause for a photo to promote Brixham’s very own Fish festival, Fishstock.

Having him to stay in the hotel with his film crew was a real pleasure, and we hope to see them again the next time Blumenthal comes to Brixham.

For me, Heston Blumenthal is bloomin’ talented!

Vicky