Top TV chef backs Otterton Mills' new squirrel meat venture

PUBLISHED: 09:01 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

OTTERTON Mill has bagged a top TV chef as one of its first customers for its new squirrel meat venture.

OTTERTON Mill has bagged a top TV chef as one of its first customers for its new squirrel meat venture.

The mill has launched Squirrel Direct - offering squirrel meat to butchers and the catering trade.

One of the mill's first clients is top TV chef Heston Blumenthal - renowned for incorporating science alongside his culinary skills.

Mill owners Caroline and Simon Spiller have launched Squirrel Direct in response to the huge demand nationally for grey squirrel meat after the mill launched squirrel kebabs - sparking international attention.

"The response to this story has been huge," said Caroline. "We've had calls from individuals, other restaurants and even butchers asking for squirrel recipes and meat supply.

"We have even been told by one national butcher that the supply of grey squirrel meat nationally cannot keep up with current demand, which is one of the reasons why we have decided to supply the meat ourselves.

"In France, squirrel is a regular feature on many menus, and as a consequence squirrels are farmed specifically for consumption. We believe the farming of game meat, and specifically squirrel, can be avoided if work is put into establishing strong relationships with local landowners, farmers and game keepers. "We have been cultivating these relationships in the South West and nationally for some time, so we are in a very good position to provide ethically and locally sourced meat to our national customers.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Exmouth Journal. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Exmouth Journal