Ribble Valley restaurant takes delivery of HUGE 286lb halibut

From left, Kamil Zyluk (chef), Andrew Robinshaw (head chef), Kevin Berkins (Fencegate Inn owner), Adrian Ogden (AO Seafood) with the whopping fish

From left, Kamil Zyluk (chef), Andrew Robinshaw (head chef), Kevin Berkins (Fencegate Inn owner), Adrian Ogden (AO Seafood) with the whopping fish

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THIS catch of the day is no small fry!

A huge halibut – tipping the scales at 286lb – was delievered to the Fence Gate Inn yesterday.

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And the whopper is bound to reel in customers to the Pendle restaurant and The Eagle at Barrow, near Clitheroe, both owned by Kevin Berkins.

Mr Berkins said he’d never seen a fish quite so big before and he now believes that any ‘fin’ is possible.

He said: “It’s a real monster from the deep.

“I’ve seen some pretty big fish before but nothing like this.

“It’s a great thing for us because it’s as fresh as fresh can be and will give us lots of wonderful halibut steaks.

“It’s rare that you get them so big so this weekend will be a real treat.

“We’ll be able to cut them into halibut steaks, which is rare in restaurants. You usually get a fillet but we’ve got enough fish to go round here. It will be sold in both restaurants over the weekend and we’re sure it will be very popular.

“Halibut is always popular on our menu so we’re sure that people will love this.”

The flat fish was hooked in the North Sea just south of Norway and was supplied to Mr Berkins by A and O Supplies in Burnley.

Halibuts usually weigh around 50 pounds but can grow to be much heavier.

Halibuts weighing as much as 500 pounds have been recorded.

Mr Berkins, who bought the Fence Gate restaurant 32 years ago, says that he expects to get more than 400 steaks from the jaw-dropping fish.

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11:45am Fri 29 Aug 14

POW WOW says...

Somebody's got a big fish to fry this weekend !!!!!!!!!!
Somebody's got a big fish to fry this weekend !!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 4

12:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

woolywords says...

Fish, of almost biblical proportions.
All you need now is, 7 loaves.
...
Cold smoked halibut, lime dressing, salad and rye bread for me, please..
Fish, of almost biblical proportions. All you need now is, 7 loaves. ... Cold smoked halibut, lime dressing, salad and rye bread for me, please.. woolywords
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Fri 29 Aug 14

lcjfm03 says...

I thought the Eagle was a meat market on a Fri night!
I thought the Eagle was a meat market on a Fri night! lcjfm03
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Izanears says...

Twenty years ago I saw a Halibut in a fish suppliers in Blackpool that would have made this one look like a tiddler.
Twenty years ago I saw a Halibut in a fish suppliers in Blackpool that would have made this one look like a tiddler. Izanears
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Cimbri says...

Can I have the head, for my cat?
Am fed up of the looks he gives me, when he gets a bowl of fish trimmings.

It is through the nose, when you do CPR on a cat, isn't it?
I'll teach the little beggar!
Can I have the head, for my cat? Am fed up of the looks he gives me, when he gets a bowl of fish trimmings. It is through the nose, when you do CPR on a cat, isn't it? I'll teach the little beggar! Cimbri
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Sat 30 Aug 14

burner says...

Idiots . . . . that was a rare, live creature - unusually large. Now you've killed it and are even gloating over the fact. Idiots !!
Idiots . . . . that was a rare, live creature - unusually large. Now you've killed it and are even gloating over the fact. Idiots !! burner
  • Score: 0

9:16pm Sat 30 Aug 14

kateash says...

Had this fish at lunchtime but have to say they need to get a better chef as the way it was served was terrible.. Served with sloppy mash , green beans and covered in melted butter.. No taste whatsoever!! What a waste !!
Had this fish at lunchtime but have to say they need to get a better chef as the way it was served was terrible.. Served with sloppy mash , green beans and covered in melted butter.. No taste whatsoever!! What a waste !! kateash
  • Score: 1

7:37am Sun 31 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

Most distasteful, no matter how good the corpse tastes. We must allow LT to employ 'halibuts' for the plural, since the context includes more than one species.
Most distasteful, no matter how good the corpse tastes. We must allow LT to employ 'halibuts' for the plural, since the context includes more than one species. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

8:19am Mon 1 Sep 14

Real Ale Up North says...

Ribble Valley? The Fencegate is in Pendle. Surely, the reporter should have known this fact.
Ribble Valley? The Fencegate is in Pendle. Surely, the reporter should have known this fact. Real Ale Up North
  • Score: 1
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