Hix’s foodie gifts for mum this Mother’s Day

Mark HixAT this time of year we would usually be getting booked up with Sunday lunch reservations for Mother’s Day as families gather to spend time with the special women in their lives.

Of course, this time last year we were about to go into our first lockdown and so it’s another Mother’s Day spent, for most of us, from a distance.. for a little while longer anyway.

Thanks to the likes of Zoom and FaceTime the distance can sometimes become just that bit smaller at times like this, and I know plenty of people that have cooked along with their families over an evening FaceTime or even shared birthday and celebratory dinners over a Zoom. Why not?

We’ve probably found that we’ve called and FaceTimed friends and family a lot more over the last year than before lockdowns started.

And so, with the restaurants closed this year, we will be getting ready to send out our Mother’s Day Hix at Home fish boxes and fresh cocktails instead – both of which can be enjoyed over a video call or two.

OK, so you might see your mum’s forehead or the kitchen ceiling for half of the call, which my team always rib me about on our group chats, but it’s all a bit of fun and a way to be together.

I have finally bought a stand for my phone to make my calls better! I wonder – will we ever start a call ever again without saying, “Can you see me now? Can you hear me?”

For families with young ones, why not get the kids involved with the cooking? My eight-year-old daughter Isla loves to cook and she’s pretty keen on fishing too. She is certainly not squeamish about handling a fish she has just caught.

What better way for kids to understand and appreciate their food from an early age than preparing meals from scratch with their parents?

Plans for reopening as lockdown is eased

With the news of coming out of lockdown, a hot topic for us all in hospitality at the moment, I have been chatting to the team about ways of opening before May 17. With my team at The Fox in Corscombe unable to claim furlough due to starting work after October 30, I am finding a way to open outdoors to get them back to work and welcome our locals once again. We will update you on our opening plans over the next week or two.

I have also been chatting to the council in Lyme Regis about securing outdoor space for The Oyster & Fish House. With social distancing measures in place for a while yet, the opening of the terrace alone would not be viable, so I am hoping with some additional outdoor dining space we will be able to open earlier than May.

The council have been hugely supportive of local businesses so I am keeping everything crossed for good news. 

We will keep you updated as soon as we are able to confirm our re-openings! In the meantime, I will continue to be on the HIX Fish Truck Wednesday to Saturday mornings.

I have been smoking pollock roe this week that my friend Nigel caught, and this week I sold the first lobsters and crabs of the season too. I hope to see you at Felicity’s Farm Shop soon.

Mark Hix

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