Fish! At The Museum! A unique and exclusive fine dining experience in Saffron Walden

THERE’S something fishy going on in Saffron Walden...

Whether it’s missing Egyptian mummies, wicked witches or dyeing workshops with saffron there’s never a dull day at the town’s museum.

And at 7.30pm on Saturday June 29 the museum, one of the oldest in the country, will be playing host to a magical and memorable culinary experience.

‘Fish at the Museum’, presented by Dionne McCreery Catering, is an exclusive ticket-only event which will serve-up a mouth-watering feast in the most historic of surroundings.

Guests will be indulged with exquisite platters of the very best lobster and shellfish sourced from local traders against the backdrop of ancient Egypt and beyond.

They’ll be able to wash them down with a selection of bespoke cocktails created by World Class Mixologist Sam Jones from Cocktail Nights.

And Charles Hardcastle, from Saffron Walden’s very own Joseph Barnes wines, will be selecting a suitably ‘fine but unusual’ range of wines for the evening.

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If you’re a lover of fine dining, fine wines and ancient history make sure you don’t miss out on this spectacular one-off event.

Tickets cost £35-a-head for platters, with a £5-a-head surcharge for decadent desserts. To book contact 07900 990031 or 07753 334963. Alternatively e-mail

• Meanwhile, there is still time to book for another unique event happening at the museum on June 29 – with places available for a saffron dyeing workshop.

Saffron is the dried red stigma from the saffron crocus, Crocus sativus, and gave Uttlesford’s principal market town its historic name.

Although nowadays associated with Spain and Iran, the plant was introduced to this country in about 1350.

In England it was used historically as a cookery ingredient, in medicine and also as a dyestuff.

The workshop takes place from 2pm until 5pm in the museum’s School Room. Places cost £42 per head and booking is essential as there is limited space

Those attending will learn how saffron was such an exclusive commodity that its use in dyeing clothes was restricted to the garments of the aristocracy by order of King Henry VIII.

Sally Francis of Norfolk Saffron and Aviva Leigh of slowstuff will show you how to create a beautiful saffron-dyed silk scarf which you can take home at the end of the day.

You will also learn about the history of saffron and its uses, as well as enjoying a delicious saffron bun made to an 18th Century recipe.

For information and for bookings, see