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South Downs National Park

'Bait to Plate' Fly Fishing, Smoke-school & Chef's Table Experience

  • Location Arundel
  • Price from £230.00


The jewel in our crown. A 3 hour fly fishing session, a hands on masterclass, and a Chef's Table tasting menu experience.

Join us for an award winning experience which will see you taking on the challenge of catching a Trout "on the fly" before spending the afternoon getting hands on preparing your catch for cold smoking at the Fins & Forks Kitchen, ahead of the culmination of the day... the Chef's Table dining. Our menu comprises of our own 2022 Great Taste Award winning products served alongside the best local, seasonal and sustainable saltwater species and its all cooked in front of you by our multi award winning chef. We then post your fish out to you once the smoking process is complete.

Available year round, 2 - 8 persons.

Detailed Itinerary

Our day starts with a guided fly fishing experience at the gin clear waters of Chalk Springs Trout Fishery nestled on the edge of the historic market town of Arundel. We begin with a little basic instruction to give you the best chance of catching that monster, then head to the lakes to cast our fly for the first time. Throughout our fishing time you will receive support and tuition from a licenced angling coach.

Although we can never guarantee fish over half of our clients have successfully had trout to the net. (1 fish is provided per person - so even if you don't manage to catch it yourself you wont go away empty handed).

Following an incredibly immersive fishing session (complete with a homemade half-time snack) and with fish in hand we make the short journey over to Fins & Forks HQ for a hands on session at our smokehouse kitchen.

After sampling our Great Taste 2-star award winning pate and settling in we get hands on, with you preparing and curing your catch for cold smoking.
We then move on to demonstrating some of our favourite seasonal recipes using freshly landed & responsibly sourced Sussex saltwater species ahead of the culmination of the day... The Chefs Table dining experience. Here you get to sit back and relax whilst enjoying a tasting menu of the dishes we have just prepared.

To compliment your meal we stock a range of Sussex's best still & sparkling wines, craft beers and spirits, these are available to purchase on the day (once the knifes go away).

After you leave us (complete with full belly, new culinary skills and tales of epic fishing battles) we will get to work putting your fish through the cold smoker. When its ready we then hand slice, package and post it out to you in chilled sustainable packaging, ensuring your fish is at its absolute best when it arrives at your door.

Suitable for all abilities, absolute fishing and kitchen beginners are welcomed. This experience is hosted by a fully qualified chef & licensed angling coach.

PLEASE NOTE; If you do not already have a rod license this experience requires all participants to purchase a 1 day 'Trout & Coarse' fishing license at an additional cost of £6 from the Environment Agency. We cannot do this on your behalf but will provide the link in our confirmation email. This can be purchased up to 30 days in advance and we will need to take a note of your license number on the day.

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    What's included

  • Food Just bring your appetite
  • Equipment All fishing tackle & safety items are provided, as are aprons back at the kitchen.
  • Other Your fishing ticket. Up to 2 fish per person. This also includes 1 'guaranteed' fish, even if you don't manage to catch it yourself! We also include postage and packaging for sending out your freshly smoked trout just in time for that weekend brunch!

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing if its cold...
  • Waterproofs if its wet
  • Drink just a bottle of water if needed. drinks are available to purchase back at the kitchen
  • Other A 1 day 'Trout & Coarse' £6 rod license each - we will send you the link. Dark/neutral coloured clothing (the fish can see you as easily as you can see them!) Sensible sturdy footwear. Prescription glasses/sunglasses if needed.


Custom Policy

For a full refund cancel at least 30 days before your experience.
A 50% refund will be issued for bookings cancelled within 30 & 14 days of your experience.
No refund will be issued for cancellations made less than 14 days ahead of your experience.
We are reasonable, and reserve the right to use our discretion depending on individual circumstances.




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Fins & Forks

Fins & Forks is the experience provider for 'Bait to Plate' Fly Fishing, Smoke-school & Chef's Table Experience