Is he taking the piscine?; talking about a revolution; spring chickens; do hens lay in the woods?

Is he taking the piscine?

Is he taking the piscine?

The piscatorially-inclined Rick Stein takeover of Padstow continues apace with the opening of Stein's Fish & Chips on the quayside. The new blue-chip chippie is next door to Stein's Deli which has just reopened for the season with local produce and the best from countrywide food producers, plus a selection of cookware and books. Stein's Fish & Chips (South Quay, Padstow, 01841 532700) serves the poshest, freshest Cornish catch, such as monkfish, john dory and dover sole, either in batter or griddled and served with salad. There's moules and prawns too, all to take away or eat in.

Talking about a revolution

Thomas Keller (of top US restaurant French Laundry) and Nobu Matsuhisa are among the eight heavyweights from the US food scene taking part in the American Food Revolution at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. From Thursday to Wednesday 21 April, each is cooking lunch (£95 for four courses) or dinner (£150 for seven courses, drinks reception and wines included in these prices). There'll be a daily farmers' market at Le Manoir, and you can see how American brownies (and blondies, above) are made by Chicago's top pastry chef Gale Gand (reservations 01844 277286).

Do hens lay in the woods?

Chickens are happiest roosting in woods and copses. After a free-range egg producer in Devon adapted his farm by planting trees for them, other farmers have started to make more natural habitats for their laying hens. If you go down to Sainsbury's today you'll find these Woodland eggs (89p for six medium, £1.05 for six large) from hens who've been allowed to go back to their roots. Around 300 Sainsbury's stock them, and now 1p from every box goes to the Woodland Trust charity.

Spring chickens

Most chickens have a short, miserable life and taste of nothing. Not the Poulet de Bresse reared by Ellel Free Range Poultry (01524 751200/ Possibly the most luxurious British chicken you can buy, they're fed on maize, wheat and a specially formulated feed, they lead a long, comfy life out of doors and taste fantastic. £12 each, for a minimum of four, delivery £8.75.