We are delighted to announce that the Grill Pit LTD completed the purchase of Moore's Traditional Curers on Friday 16th September 2022. Message from the New Owners Darren & Jen 'It goes without saying how excited we both are to be given this opportunity to take over the stewardship of such an Iconic business. We wish Paul Desmond all the very best and utmost gratitude for taking the time to teach us the ropes.

We have a lot of learning to do. But with Paul & James's guidance we are confident that we will continue to produce the amazing products that Paul has provided to the countless customers he has served over the years.
Jen and I wish Paul and Family all the very best in his retirement years and will be forever grateful that we have been given this opportunity.

Manx Oak Smoked Kipper Fillets will always remain the core of our new endeavour as we take on such an amazing opportunity.

Thankyou Paul!! May the best days of your past be the worst days in your retirement.. We look forward to working with you and teaching us your skill set long into the future. We will be introducing new smoked and other exciting product ranges over the coming weeks. Over the coming months we will be carrying out a rebranding excercise to merge Grill Pit LTD & Moore's Traditional Curers to Moore's Smokehouse 1882.

What is the kippers origin?

The Old English origin of the word has various parallels, such as Icelandic kippa which means "to pull, snatch" and the Danish word kippen which means "to seize, to snatch". Similarly, the English kipe denotes a basket used to catch fish.

Another theory traces the word kipper to the kip, or small beak, that male salmon develop during the breeding season.

The exact origin of kippers is unknown, although fish have been slit, gutted and smoked for centuries.

According to famed food author Mark Kurlansky, "Smoked foods almost always carry with them legends about their having been created by accident - usually the peasant hung the food too close to the fire, and then, imagine his surprise the next morning when..."

One example of this legendary origin can be found in the story of John Woodger at Seahouses in Northumberland, England around 1843, in which kippering happened accidentally. Fish for processing was left overnight in a room with a smoking stove. We know this to be false because the origin of the word kipper is Old English; the English philologist and ethnographer Walter William Skeat derives it from the Old English kippian, to spawn.

We know smoking and salting of fish—in particular of spawning salmon and herring which can only be made edible by this practice—predates 19th Century Britain and indeed written history, probably going back as long as man has been using salt to preserve food. We also know kippered fish were eaten in Germany and reached Scandinavia sometime during the Middle Ages.

As a verb, to kipper means to preserve by rubbing with salt or other spices before drying in the open air or in smoke. So beef or other meat preserved in the same fashion can logically be called "kippered."

The Manx word for kipper is skeddan jiarg which literally translates as red herring.

There are many delicious ways to cook with kippers, we have a range of kipper recipes for you to try.


Orders to be sent on Tuesday each week by Royal Mail next day delivery which aim to be delivered by 1:30pm the following day.

Orders placed after 11pm Monday will be sent the following week.

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