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Yorkshire smoked fish flown 320 miles for Belgium Christmas party

British embassy staff in will be tucking into a taste of a Yorkshire Christmas dinner today – with a trio of smoked fish from .

Guests at an embassy Christmas reception – which includes British ambassador to Belgium Jonathan Brenton – will be enjoying smoked salmon, trout and duck from the smokehouse in Beverley, , along with other regional delicacies.

Staal Smokehouse is just one of six fish and seafood suppliers, and around 20 food companies, chosen to represent Yorkshire & Humber during the festive trade mission organised by the UKTI.

Managing director of the Long Ruston smokehouse, , said he was honoured that his fish would play a part at the Christmas party.

He added:

“It’s nice to think of all those dignitaries getting a taste of a Staal style supper! We’re all very proud to be representing the region.”

Only last year, Paralympic champion David Weir MBE and pop star turned TV science-guru Professor Brian Cox were among 700 guests who enjoyed Staal smoked fish at the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC).

The award-winning family-run business sources its trout from Star Carr Trout Farm, three miles from the Smokehouse, before it is brined and lightly oak smoked to give a delicate cold smoked finish.

The plump Gressingham duck breast, which has secured a Award, is brined to keep it moist then cold smoked to intensify the flavour.

The salmon, which comes straight from Scotland’s West coast and is dry cured before smoking with a blend of oak and apple, also scooped a gold at the Great Taste Awards this year with the judges describing it as “buttery”, “velvety” and “beautifully translucent”.

Justin Staal



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