Robson Green samples a taste of Northumberland’s coastal cuisine in the last episode of his popular television show – but it’s not exactly fish and chips.
The Hexham-born star tucks in to a supper of seaweed and limpets that he has foraged from the spectacular Bamburgh beach.
But that’s not all there is on the menu for the 51-year-old in Monday’s night’s show on ITV at 8pm.
In what is the final instalment of the eight-part Further Tales from Northumberland programme, the actor also tries a spot of kite buggying at Beadnell Bay and finds out about the little terns at Long Nanny.
It proves to be an adventurous and high-octane conclusion to the third series, which this time has seen Robson take on different journeys in the Secret Kingdom.
His last leg is along the most northerly stretch of coastline in Northumberland and his first stop is at Bamburgh, where he meets coastal foraging expert Bruce Ferguson.
Robson says: “Bamburgh is what I consider to be the finest beach on the planet, with its unspoilt sand and imposing castle.
“Whenever you come here, you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
“But for once, I am not here for history, I have come in search of food. Bruce is going to show me that you don’t need to go out to sea to find food – when the tide goes out, you can find edible delights within the rock pools.”
Robson and Bruce collect seaweed, sea lettuce and limpets – an aquatic snail with a shell – for a hand-picked feast which is truly made in Northumberland. The pair then head to the tranquil Howick Haven to prepare their meal and cook it on an open fire – with nothing around them but rocks and the North Sea. Robson loves the solitude and remoteness, but he isn’t quite so keen on the meal ahead.
He says: “Just being out here, cooking in this way, gives me an image of people thousands of years ago doing exactly the same, but without the pans.
“I have never had limpets before and the idea of a meal with limpets and seaweed isn’t filling me with glee, but Bruce is trying to prove me wrong.”
And Bruce does just that! After tucking into his supper, Robson says: “That is really good. You can taste the seaweed and the limpets. Yes, the garlic and the soy sauce help, but even without that, I am sure it would be really good. You know, it might not be lobster or crab, but there is something satisfying about the taste of food you have handpicked yourself.”
Robson wild-camps at Howick Haven before meeting adventure sports enthusiast Kev Anderson for an exhilarating session of kite buggying.
Robson says: “There are many ways to travel along the beautiful Northumberland coastline. Most people run, some swim, you can even ride along it on a horse, but if you want to travel in style and live life on the edge, you need to harness the power of wind.
“I’ve travelled along this stretch of coastline many times, but kite buggying was a new experience. Who would have thought a kite, a buggy and a bit of wind would be so much fun?”
Robson’s last stop is at the National Trust’s Long Nanny site, where he meets the rangers who are working hard to protect the little tern – Britain’s second rarest seabird. The TV star is impressed by the rangers’ dedication and efforts.
He says: “There are many parts of this Northumberland coastline that need preserving – its castles and its beautiful beaches, but the birds here are just as important and thanks to the team of rangers, the future is looking bright for the little terns of Long Nanny.”