News The Fisheries minister, George Eustice, is today preparing to defy scientists by demanding higher cod quotas – in the latest instance of the Government going against expert environmental advice

George Eustice argues that reducing quotas will result in more fish being discarded – at least until 2016, when a discard ban begins to be applied

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: Restaurant review - Domestic bliss

Eating at No 6 feels like entering Paul Ainsworth’s living-room – but this is no home cooking

Last orders: has the liquid lunch had its day?

To his cost, ex-Glencore trader Andrew Kearns has found being hungover a sackable offence, but the liquid lunch shaped many a day in days gone by, says a wistful John Walsh

Their take on Chawanmushi: a country garden in a bowl, the custard firm, topped with shiitake mushroom, strips of corn and a little forest of edible flowers

On the menu: Chawanmushi; Lily Vanilli; Absolut Originality; Hotel Chocolat; Bistroteque

On the menu: chawanmushi; Peanut Hottie; Keevil and Keevil butchers; Camberwell Love

Go North: Valentine Warner in Norway

Chef Valentine Warner hopes to convert British diners to salt cod, but can we can handle it?

Salt cod is produced in the frozen north, treasured in the Mediterranean – and an acquired taste, as Gerard Gilbert discovers

Editorial: Turning the oceans green

The inadequate labelling of fish is more important than the scandal over horsemeat

The Three Horseshoes, High Street, Madingley, Cambridge

This tranquil former village pub is far from the madding Cambridge crowd.

Cod with braised lentils and prosciutto

Ingredients to serve 4

<p><strong>Hotel Ion</strong> Thingvellir</p>
<p>This adventure hotel opens tomorrow on the outskirts of Thingvellir National Park. In tribute to the landscape, rooms feature graphics of pure-bred Icelandic horses and sidetables carved from chunks of wood. The Silfra Restaurant specialises in Nordic cuisine, while the Northern Lights Bar flaunts floor-to-ceiling windows in the hope of glimpsing the Arctic's seasonal spectacular. Activities range from glacier tours and white-water rafting to fishing in glistening fjords.</p>
<p><em>Hotel Ion, Thingvellir, Selfoss (00 354 482 3415; ioniceland.is). Doubles from Isk19,900 (£98), including breakfast.</em></p>

The Big Six: Wild Icelandic lodges

Northern Lights, salmon fishing and cosy cabins

Is Britain getting battered in the great fishing battle?

Supporters of sustainable policies are fighting subsidies to huge trawlers, reports Mark Leftly

Global warming 'may lead to smaller fish'

The biggest fish in the sea could be almost 25 per cent smaller by 2050 because of global warming, according to a new study.

Redwing Bar & Dining, Church Road, Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon

Does Redwing have what it takes to be the restaurant Lympstone needs?

Scientists prove carnivore extinction theory

The extinction of a carnivore could lead to other predatory species dying out, according to new research.

Parker Bowles (right) says of Tonks: 'He doesn't bore you with his opinions; he isn't a lecturer, a bully. He does have his own views, but he isn't confrontational at all, and I like that in him.'

How We Met: Mitch Tonks & Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles, 37

Donostia, where Samuel tried cod cheeks

On The Menu: Donostia cod cheeks; Chin Chin labs; Thermapen; Courvoisier; Richard Bertinet

This week I've been eating... Donostia cod cheeks

EU ministers agree to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch

EU ministers have agreed to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch, a controversial practice that has seen millions of tonnes of edible fish thrown away since the introduction of strict EU fishing quotas forty years ago.

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