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Fabulous Fish – Why Fish Dishes Are Perfect For Weddings

If you’re looking for an elegant addition to your wedding breakfast or a lighter choice or two for your canapés, fish is your friend. Healthy, tasty and often with a touch of luxury, fish is becoming increasingly popular at weddings and these delicious dishes definitely deserve a place on your wedding menu. Here, we share some of our favourite fishy options and wine pairings and we warn you now, they are utterly mouth-watering.

For a long time, fish hasn’t been seen that regularly on wedding menus beyond the traditional smoked salmon starter. Fish picked up a reputation for being a bit boring and not special enough for a wedding. However, couples are now falling in love with fish again and with good reason. Beautiful, interesting dishes that are packed with flavour and use the finest,freshest ingredients are absolutely appropriate for your big day and fish is everyone’s favourite luxe option right now.

So, what can you serve? Well, you can include as much or as little fish in your wedding menu as you like. Add a couple of fish-based options into your canapé service and choose one of our fantastic fish dishes for your starter or main course. The most important thing is to choose a menu that YOU love – guests can add a ‘no fish please’ request to the dietary requirements section on their RSVP and we’ll come up with a great alternative for them so don’t feel you have to please absolutely everyone. Remember, this is your day so if you’re a fan of fish, it deserves a place on your wedding menu.

If you want to include fish, perhaps in a more low-key way, fish and seafood canapés are perfect as guests can pick and choose what they like. Mini fish and chips will always be popular and our smooth smoked haddock and gruyere tartlets offer melt-in-the-mouth flavours. If you’d like your fish to pack a little more punch, we can certainly recommend our prawn and ginger wontons in a rice spoon served with light soy and sesame oil. Similarly, deep-fried Thai fishcakes with chilli sauce or crispy fried squid bamboo cones with caper and parsley mayonnaise offer guests something different.

Moving on to your wedding breakfast, a fish-based starter is a really indulgent option. How about a prawn and crayfish cocktail with cos lettuce and Marie Rose sauce or smoked Bibury trout and horseradish mousse served with smoked salmon and pickled cucumber? These are great dishes for a wedding as they’re familiar but absolutely spectacular. If you’re feeling more adventurous, we suggest hot smoked fillet of salmon with spiced cauliflower puree and a fennel, pickled radish and cucumber slaw. Seafood lovers can’t resist our chargrilled tiger prawn with salad of crab and caramelised lemon or, for a more unusual fish, we suggest John Dory. Pan-fried and served with truffle gnocchi and celeriac puree, it’s an absolute winner.

When it comes to your main course, you’re spoilt for choice. Would you like whole grilled sea bass with a coconut and coriander marinade or salmon and crayfish sausage served with pickled fennel slaw and a soy vinaigrette? Seared sea bass with a Cornish crab crust, vine tomatoes and basil fondue is a true gourmet choice whilst buffet weddings can certainly include a fish centrepiece – whole steamed Scottish salmon with pickled cucumber and watercress and dill mayonnaise is utterly irresistible.

We can also offer you the perfect wines to pair with your fish dishes. Most people choose to serve white wines with fish and our wine list includes lots of fabulous bottles. How about an unoaked Australian Chardonnay from Berri Estates or a crisp Cullinan View Chenin Blanc from South Africa? The Southern River Sauvignon Blanc (Australia) also pairs well or, if you prefer a European wine, we recommend another Sauvignon Blanc from the Val de Loire in France and the cellars of Joseph Mellot Destinea.

 Whilst we don’t tend to suggest red wines with fish (thehigh tannin levels interfere with the fish oils on your palette), rose wines can work well. The Parini Pinot Grigio Rose delle Venezie from Italy or the Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Rose from South Africa would be our top picks.

Fish is fabulous and it’s perfect for weddings – why not take a look at our menus for more inspiration? You’ll find them right here.

Images courtesy of Studio RougeTom Humphries Photography, and Andrew Gale Photography