James Nathan at Camp Bestival – Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise Recipe



James Nathan Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise

If you are lucky enough to be at Camp Bestival this weekend then you can see our very own MasterChef James Nathan cooking up a storm at the Hotpoint Festival Kitchen. He’ll be showing the Bestivalers how to cook a beautiful summer dish - Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise. We grabbed a few minutes with him to get the yummy recipe before he packed up his cooking gear and wellies and headed off to the sunny fields of Dorset.

Of course James is a super chef and MasterChef winner and his Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise recipe has some fancy bits, so we have two versions – his original and an adapted one with easier to find ingredients. Although the easier version might not look quite so stunning on the plate it will taste the same and still look very pretty. You can often find samphire in bigger supermarkets now and edible flowers can be gathered from your garden (carefully!) such as nasturtium, scented geraniums and borage. Both recipes will serve four people.

James’ Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise Ingredients:

  • 2 lemon sole, filleted
  • 50g brown shrimps
  • 8 small Vitellote potatoes
  • 8 quails eggs
  • 16 french beans
  • Punnet of heritage cherry tomatoes
  • 12 black olives
  • 10 anchovy fillets
  • Handful of wild samphire and sea purslane
  • Handful of wild mustard leaves and flowers
  • Sachet of squid ink
  • Micro basil
  • Nasturtium flowers
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Caster sugar
  • Lemon juice

Easier Ingredients List:

  • 2 lemon sole, filleted
  • 50g brown shrimps or prawns
  • 8 small new potatoes
  • 2 hens eggs
  • 16 french beans
  • Punnet of cherry tomatoes
  • 12 black olives
  • 10 anchovy fillets
  • Handful of samphire
  • Fresh basil
  • Edible flowers (optional)
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Caster sugar
  • Lemon juice

Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise Method:

  1. Cook the potatoes and French beans and then refresh in ice.
  2. Cook the eggs until they are soft boiled.
  3. For the easier recipe go to step 4. If you are following James’ Masterchef recipe then make an emulsion from the wild mustard leaves, 1 tbsp Dijon and 2 tbsp olive oil by popping in a blender until smooth. Keep to one side.
  4. Blend together anchovies, black olives, 1 tbsp Dijon, 2 tbsp olive oil and white wine vinegar to create another emulsion.
  5. Cut the tomatoes in half and sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt and sugar.
  6. Pan fry the lemon sole fillets by placing them skin side down in a frying pan. Put a saucer on them to weigh them down for 20 seconds to stop them curling up. Cook for two minutes and then remove the pan from the heat and let the fillets sit in the pan until they are cooked through, this will stop them overcooking. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the fillets.
  7. If you are doing James’ version then brush an artistic swipe of squid ink on the middle of the plate.
  8. Arrange the fish, potatoes, French beans, tomatoes and eggs on the plate (along the back of the squid ink line if using).
  9. Decorate with samphire, basil and edible flowers.
  10. Dot with the emulsion (two emulsions for James’ recipe).

The Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise is currently on the Thursday night 7 course taster menu at The Green Room Restaurant if you fancy trying James’ version.

James Nathan Lemon Sole Salad Nicoise Recipe

Camp Bestival 2015

Relax With Our Tips and Homemade Salt Scrub Recipe

Just Breathe - time to relax

Relax, we are here to rescue you from a hectic work schedule, small people demanding your time and not enough hours in the day. These all soon add up to equal a whole lot of stress and lack of time for yourself. We know, we’ve been there. It’s time to breathe and relax.

So, we’ve quizzed our Spa Head Therapist, Corrine, for her top 5 relaxation tips:

  1. It might sound a bit clichéd and hippy-dippy but you’ll be surprised how much deep breathing really does work when you need to relax. Sit up straight and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Breathe in deeply then slowly exhale, being mindful of each breath. It’s been proven to slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
  2. Place a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for a few minutes. Most people hold their tension in their shoulders so this will ease muscles and help them relax. A hot water bottle or a microwavable wheat bag is perfect for this. A few drops of lavender essential oil onto the wrap will take this to the next level, releasing their aroma with the warmth.
  3. Have a good laugh. Whether its a few too many wines with the girls or just watching a funny movie, a good giggle will work wonders at helping you to relax by boosting endorphin levels.
  4. Reach out. Talk to a friend, your mum, partner – release some tension by talking over whatever is stressing you out. You might find an offer of help, an idea for a solution or even just a bit of fresh perspective – all of these will help you relax. Even just a good old moan over a coffee will help you feel better, just don’t bottle things up.
  5. Make some time for you. Whether that’s a walk with the dog, having a go at our homemade salt scrub recipe below, or just having a sit down with a cuppa and a slice of cake, do whatever makes you feel good. If you enjoy it then you know its working.

Scrub Away Stress and Relax

Home-made Salt Scrub - time to relax

If these tips don’t quite cut the mustard for you then you’re in need of something stronger. Try this homemade salt scrub recipe – you can whip it up from bits and bobs lying around your kitchen, lock yourself in the bathroom away from the littles for five minutes and emerge detoxed, smooth skinned and radiant.

Grab a bowl or dig out a jam jar from the back of the cupboard and mix about two parts salt (any old salt will do here, go organic if you’re feeling fancy, or just grab that old pack of table salt) to one part oil. Sunflower, olive, coconut, almond – they’ll all work, just don’t use baby oil which will actually dry your skin out. Raid the fridge for some lemon or lime zest or hunt in the garden for some lavender or rosemary to add to the mix.

Pour your favourite drink, run a nice warm bath, light a candle, lock the door and scrub away, especially dry areas such as knees and elbows. Lie back, relax, soak for as long as you can get away with and emerge renewed. Bliss.

Remember that feeling when your holiday begins?

Retallack Resort lodges in the trees We all remember the feeling we get when it’s time to set off on our well-deserved holiday. Whether it’s as you set off on your travels or that moment you arrive at your destination the start of an adventure helps build a feeling of relaxation and excitement.
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Wake-boarding returns to Retallack beach style

wakeboarding park retallack resort cornwallIt’s early afternoon just one day before the launch party for Retallack’s Wake Park and there’s a hive of activity around the lake. Wake-boarding isn’t new to the resort but it’s safe to say this time around we are going bigger, better and creating a far more exciting experience for everyone who cares to visit for the day or those who are staying in one of our lodges.
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Cheese, nettles and the next generation chefs

Cornish YargThe Green Room Restaurant’s Head Chef James Nathan continued his Food Supplier visits around Cornwall this week by visiting the home of Cornish Yarg but this time there was a little more to find out about thanks to an event organised by the Chefs’ Forum…

On many of my food journeys around Cornwall I encourage my own chefs to attend to get a feel of just why having good, local, produce makes a difference to the dishes we serve at the Green Room.
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What will you discover in Cornwall?

Mousehole, Cornwall

Tread the paths followed by centuries of Cornish fisherman

For the happy holiday maker who seeks a break away from everyday life the draw of the sea, and let’s admit it Cornwall has its fair share of coast, is understandable for so many, however exploring the county to its fullest will undoubtedly create the perfect holiday experience.
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Green Room Restaurant’s Head Chef James Nathan explores Cornwall’s food growers

James Nathan and local Oysters

James Nathan shares his local food provider stories

In this modern world of mass food production and consumption it can be easy to forget the importance of local farming activities which not only provide us with high quality and local fresh food but equally come with a great sense of pride from the often traditional methods they use.
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Dance your socks off as Padstow’s May Day heralds summer

Held on May 1st, May Day (or ‘Obby ‘Oss Day as it is known outside of Padstow) is one of the biggest dates in Padstow’s Town calendar, with an expected 30,000 people visiting the festival, the quaint seaside town will be bursting at the seams. 

The annual May 1st celebration is a centuries’ old tradition, involving music and dancing through the streets, heralding the arrival of summer. Dancers dress in white with their costumes decorated with colourful ribbons, moving around the streets singing the traditional May song.

The town is a beautiful sight, decorated with flags, flowers and greenery throughout. Shops and cafés embrace the event and join in with all the fun.

Around the harbour there are craft and gift shops, bookshops, grocers, newsagents, leather workshops, a home-made fudge shop and lots more. Padstow is still a working fishing port though, catching and selling the best quality seafood Cornwall can offer. 

Much like Padstow Christmas festival, there is a number of food stands around the event, and this year, our very own James Nathan will be performing a cookery demonstration to festival goers. The cooking will showcase the delicious seafood-inspired dishes we serve in the Green Room restaurant here on the resort.

The event is free, so get down there early and be sure to use the park and ride service available. For more information visit http://www.padstowlive.com/events/padstow-may-day-p505703

Winter Wonderland returns this Christmas!

We are excited to announce that Winter Wonderland will be returning this Christmas!

Join us once again in our glittering Winter Wonderland and soak up the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a magical journey weaving your way through our Winter Wonderland trail; enter into Father Christmas’ office, see what treats Mrs Claus is cooking up in the kitchen and get a sneak peek into what the Elves get up to in their workshop, all finished off by visiting Santa at his grotto!

Children will adore our fabulous synthetic ice rink and our winter themed soft play, perfect for little ones who are not quite ready to get their skates on. And whilst your little ones tire themselves out, indulge in a steaming mug of hot chocolate, sit back, relax and soak up the Christmas spirit!

Open from Saturday 29th November until Sunday 6th January, Winter Wonderland is free to enter with the following charges applying;
Skating Prices:
Family pass: £15. Adults: £4 per person. Children: £4 per person.
Tickets to see Santa:
£8 per child or £15 for two children. One parent may accompany children with tickets for free.


Local’s Month

Here at Retallack we are delighted to launch our very first local’s month, offering a range of activities and promotions for all you lovely Cornwall folk between the 10th and the 30th November. We are also pleased to present our local’s card so you can continue to enjoy exclusive discounts and special offers during off-peak periods throughout the year.

Retallack Local Card Front (1)

What’s on during local’s month?

The Green Room

Lunch12:00pm – 2:30pm


6:00pm – 9:30pm

Monday £5 Lunch James Nathan presents Curry Night. Curries only £10
Tuesday £5 Lunch Taxi Tuesday!!Dine and get a free taxi ride home (11th Padstow, 18th Wadebridge, 25th Newquay)
Wednesday £5 Lunch Flow and Feast! Catch a wave on the Flowrider than treat yourself to a main meal in the restaurant for only £25.
Thursday £5 Lunch 2-4-1 Tasting Menu
Friday £5 Lunch Card launch evening with acoustic music
Saturday ½ price cocktails in The Green Room
Sunday James Nathan presents a MasterChef breakfast. Served 8:00am – 10:00am Cornish Roast Dinners served from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Enjoy a free dessert with your meal.

The FlowRider

Day10:00am – 4:00pm Evening4:00pm-12:00am
Monday Week Day Flow Deal £15 New Night Rider Sessions £10 per person
Tuesday Week Day Flow Deal £15 After School Club £10 per person
Wednesday Week Day Flow Deal £15 Advance Evening: A chance to improve your skills and tricks. Stand up sessions only. £12 per person.
Thursday Week Day Flow Deal £15 Card launch evening and FlowShow. 6:00pm
Friday Week Day Flow Deal £15 Night Rider sessions £10 per person
Saturday Weekend Flow Hoodie Special 40% off Exclusive sessions only £100
Sunday Weekend Flow Hoodie Special 40% off Exclusive sessions only £100

The Retreat Spa

Day9:00pm – 5:00pm



Monday 50% off selected treatments 20 minute facial £15
Tuesday 50% off selected treatments 25% off Thalgo products
Wednesday 50% off selected treatments £3 Smoothies
Thursday 50% off selected treatments 25% off Decleor Products
Friday 50% off selected treatments 20 minute MammaMio treatment and swim: £15
Saturday Locals card collection and free advice session 20% off MammaMio products
Sunday 25% off all products 25% off all products

 Spa treatments include:

Back Neck and Shoulder Massage 25 minutes normally £30

Express Facial: 25 minutes normally £35

Shellac 50 minutes normally £25

50% off all waxing (not including Brazilian or Hollywood)

 Retallack Health & Leisure Club

Day11:00am – 4:00pm



Monday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5
Tuesday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5
Wednesday Save the baby life training (12th & 26th)
Thursday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Three epic classes for the price of two!
Friday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5
Saturday 2-4-1 classes Saturday evening family swim £3
Sunday 2-4-1 classes Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5

Locals Card

Locals cards will offer Cornish locals discounts throughout the year during off peak weeks. These offers include 25% off food in The Green Room, Spa Treatments, Leisure Classes and £15 Flowrider sessions. Cards can be collected on launch nights throughout November

Thursday nights at the Flowrider

Friday nights at the The Green Room

Saturdays: Spa & Health Club reception.

Bookings and Enquiries:

To book any of the offers please call the following numbers. Please always quote ‘locals’ to take advantage of our discounts and offers.

Bookings for The Green Room: 01637 882481

Bookings for The Flowrider: 01637 882511

Bookings for the Spa: 01637 882432

Bookings for the Health Club: 01637 882400

Locals Facebook page:

Locals month







We have created an exclusive Retallack Resort locals Facebook page where we will post information on offers and discounts throughout the year. Keep up to date here

Who is the offer available to?

Locals month discounts and cards are available for all Cornish residents plus, any guests staying on site during the month of November. Proof of residency will be required on collection of a locals card.


*£5 local lunch is on selected items only which can be located on our £5 lunch menu.

* The Taxi Tuesday offer is only in selected locations and subject to availability.

*50% of selected spa treatments, please see outlined list for what is included in the offer.

*Advanced rider sessions are for riders who want to focus on standing up and have been on the ride before.

*All Leisure classes and courses are subject to availability with our current members getting first refusal.

Offers subject to change and availability
Locals card offer is only valid per person per card
Locals card only valid during term time, unless specified otherwise
Cards are not transferable nor hold any cash value