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James Martin’s Great British Adventure

  • Episode:

    11 of 20

  • Title:

    Eps 11 to 15

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 25 Feb 2019

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    2.00pm - 3.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 09 2019 : Sat 23 Feb - Fri 01 Mar

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  • Published:

    Tue 12 Feb 2019

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James Martin’s Great British Adventure


Episode 11 - Birmingham

Monday 25 February


James visits the capital of the balti – Birmingham. Here he meets acclaimed food critic, broadcaster, columnist and author; Grace Dent. Swapping the mini for a narrow boat, James takes in the culture, which saw an industrial revolution. James’s trip down the stretch of the 35-mile canal system inspires him to cook his version of a chicken balti. 


Grace explores the revolution of Birmingham and its food scene by starting at the famous Balti Triangle. One for keeping on top of food trends, Grace shows James her favourite gourmet eating spots of the ‘Digbeth Dozen’. And James cooks up a classic golden syrup steamed pudding with rhubarb and custard.


James then visits Miss Macaroon, a social enterprise entrepreneur who has given the world of macaroons a royal stamp. James is keen on a baking masterclass from Miss Macaroon who is a stickler for detail and a keen eye for perfection. In honour of her fabulous skills, James makes a summer raspberry mouse with macaroons fresh from Miss Macaroon’s bakery. 


Finally, James jumps back on board the narrow boat to whip up prawn and lime flatbreads before being reunited with Grace for a final jaunt along the canals of the city centre to discuss their exciting findings in second largest city in the UK. 


Episode 12 - Nottingham

Tuesday 26 February


James travels to Nottingham, where in the home of Robin Hood, he sets up his mobile kitchen in the middle of Sherwood Forest and cooks a Forest Pork Feast for long-time pal and Michelin award-winning restaurateur Sat Bains. 


A keen sportsman and continuing his passion for the forest of Nottingham, James visits Keith Gascoigne, the inventor of a medal winning Para-Olympic bow. James learns the art of bow making, in practice for a surprise for Sat Bains. Feeling peckish, James cooks sausage rolls with crispy bacon, and a fruity dipping sauce. 


James visits Restaurant Sat Bains, where he is treated to some incredible Michelin-starred food. He’s then inspired to cook venison with parsnips three ways, red wine sauce and sweetheart cabbage.


Finally, James and Sat compete head to head in an archery competition at Rufford Park. After a spectacular win thanks to beginner’s luck, James ventures back into the forest, cooking oat pancakes with Sherwood Forest pears with walnuts and stilton. 


Episode 13 - Norfolk

Wednesday 27 February


James Martin’s British adventure has travelled as far to the east of England as this journey will go, to Norfolk, where he’s joined by his good old mate and top local chef, Galton Blackiston. They meet in Cromer, where Galton has a successful fish and chip shop, which inspires James to cook pan-fried cod with a warm tartar sauce on the beach.


Then James heads to Norfolk Lavender to find out why it grows so well in this county and how it’s distilled for oil. He then cooks with it in his roast duck in hay and lavender recipe.


Galton heads off to discover the secrets of innovative salads with experimental leaf growers, Jepco. With salad on the brain, James makes a very special deep-fried soft-boiled egg salad with croutons and bacon.


Finally, the trip to Norfolk ends with a super fun ride in a tank, followed by tempura monkfish and vegetables with minted peas back on the beach in Cromer.



Episode 14 - London and Bray

Thursday 28 February


No adventure around the UK would be complete without a trip to the capital city, London. James is checking out some of his old haunts and stopping in on Clare Smyth’s brand new restaurant Core for a bite to eat and a catch up with the world’s best female chef. Then high up on the rooftops of London, he cooks up spiced pigeon breast with dhal.


Next, James ventures into south east London to a knife forgery in Peckham. He gets hands on in the process of making Japanese style knives. Then he puts his new knife to use making a classic beef wellington.


Then it’s time to leave the mini behind and heading along the river Thames to a very special village called Bray, home to three Michelin-star restaurant the Waterside Inn. Here he catches up with his old friends Michel Roux Snr and his son Alain, while Alain cooks an apple tart tatin. Then, James bravely takes over the kitchen to make a dover sole with brown butter and watercress for the Rouxs.


Back on the river he cooks his own homage to the Waterside Inn, lobster with white port and redcurrant jelly.


Episode 15 - Laverstoke and Goodwood

Friday 1 March


James is bringing his culinary tour of the UK to his neck of the woods as he spends precious time in his adopted home county of Hampshire. He’s taking his gun dog cooper to a training session at Laverstoke before cooking an amazing seasonal dish of partridge with vegetables and a sloe gin sauce.


Still at Laverstoke, James hangs out with his best friend Jody Scheckter, an ex-formula one racer with an epic car collection, but also a perhaps surprising passion for buffalo mozzarella, which he makes in his dairy. James uses some of the cheese in his buffalo mozzarella, blackberry and beetroot salad.


Then James crosses the border into Sussex to indulge in one of his greatest passions, cars. He’s travelling back in time complete with fancy dress to experience the Goodwood Revival which celebrates the great era of motorsport from the 1940s to the 1960s, and he’s got a classic comfort recipe - roast pork with black pudding fritters and caramelized apples.


Finally, James gets ready to watch some of his good friends race in the Goodwood Revival TT race before cooking the ultimate retro meal to celebrate the day’s festivities, 50s burgers and shakes.