Tell us about yourself.
I’m Nigel Ward from Brixham in Devon. I’ve lived here, basically all my life. It’s my hometown, all my friends are from here, and I’ve worked as a fishmonger in the town since the early seventies. And before that I was a chef. In 1981, I established my own company. Due to my background as a chef we were the first people actually to supply fresh fish from the coast direct to restaurants.
How has working with Great Western Railway made a difference to your business?
It’s another string to the bow, it’s a nice account. To have it secures jobs within our business. It’s a good account to have.
How did your working relationship with Great Western Railway come about?
Well, Great Western Railway happened through my friend, Mitch Tonks, who plans the whole menu for them on their Pullman coaches. And of course I’ve been supplying Mitch for 20-plus years. He said to me would I like to supply Rail Gourmet and I said, well of course I would, it’s a nice prestigious account. So we started at the beginning of this year. I think they’ve thoroughly enjoyed the products we’re sending to them, and, I love getting on the train and eating my fish. It’s great, you know.
What do you think about the train environment that your fish is served in?
Oh, I think sat on a Pullman coach eating a couple of local scallops or a nice bit of crab or a Dover Sole, - I mean Dover Sole on a train - come on, it doesn’t get better than that, does it? You’ve got a choice between Dover Sole and Fillet Steak. You can be in one of the best restaurants in the world and you’re sat on a train at 125 miles an hour! That’s got to be something special, hasn’t it?
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