We’re now on our 8th named storm of the season and Henry seems to have had the biggest impact on the fishing effort so far
It’s been a tough week for our fishermen and winds around the UK are causing havoc and hampering the fishing effort. I’m quite surprised by the amount of fish that’s been available and the vessels that are making it out are bringing us some spectacularly good quality fish.
There hasn’t been a mackerel boat on the water for 3 days, and at the start of the week the selection was a little limited, with some species unavailable but we’re seeing more fish every day and this weekends looking great as the fishermen do everything they can to get out on the water to bring us their catch.
Hake continues to be our most popular fish and Alan’s first haul of the week has arrived in Camberley – outstanding quality as usual
We’ve got some lovely ‘2 person’ Brill and Turbot coming in and lots of very nice Red Mullet, Dovers, Lemons and Megrim, which if you’ve never tried are well worth a go. They’re delicious cooked whole, simply trimmed or we can fillet them for you
Shellfish is still proving to be a big hit with customers. Feedback on our Devon Mussels from Teignmouth has been great – they’re super plump and delicious and really hardy. For many they’re the ‘best they’ve ever eaten’, praise indeed!!
And we’ve got lots more Live Scottish Langos heading down for the weekend. These lively little beasts are absolutely stunning, but be careful, they’ve got a real nip if they manage to grab hold of your finger
Don’t feel like cooking? Our little kitchen will be super busy making lots of our very popular fish pies and fishcakes for the weekend.
As ever, if you know what you want give us a call on 01276 66618 and we can hold it for you or simply pop in and chose whatever takes your fancy on the day.
Winter seems to have finally arrived and it’s a good job we’re busy or we’d certainly feel that icy wind howling through our brilliantly designed open fronted fish shop!
After those few lean days at the start of the New Year we’re now seeing a great selection of fish from the South West and the quality is, as ever, fantastic
Plaice are currently ‘off the menu’ as they are in the middle of their spawning season, but the other ‘flatties’ are very much available. We’re seeing a lot of beautifully plump Brill, a firm favourite and great value this week at only £11.50kg. Turbot are also readily available, as are Dover Sole, Lemons and Megrim We’ll have lots of our usual prime Cornish Cod, Hake and Haddock but we’re also seeing quite a few lovely little red mullet as well as John Dory and a some delicious black bream – so plenty to chose from
Although not from our waters, there’s been a lot of publicity over the last few years around Skrei Cod. Its a very seasonal catch and is highly regarded by many top chefs. The season runs from January until April, when the mature cod return from the Barents Sea to their birthplace along the Norwegian coast to spawn. We’ve got some ‘first of the season’ fish this week and it’s proving to be very popular. The link below gives a little more information on this highly sought after delicacy
And to top it off we’ve got plenty of premium shellfish arriving – Palourdes, razors and artemis clams, fat Devon mussels, super lively Scottish langos and our large cock crabs are still full and fabulous
Last week was another ‘sell out Saturday’, so if you’ve got an idea of what you’d like give us a call on 01276 66618 and we can make sure we keep it for you. Or, just turn up and see what takes your fancy
Our regular customers will know how much we love our Cornish Hake and are especially proud to be able to sell hake caught by our good friend Alan off the Ajax out of Newlyn
Fish was extremely hard to get hold of at the beginning of this week with severe gales hampering the fishing effort around our coast, but as the week has progressed the variety available has increased and everything’s getting back to normal.
Tomorrow our counter will be heaving with fabulous, fresh Cornish fish and star of the show will be Hake, landed in Newlyn by our favourite hake boat the Ajax. Skippered by Alan their hake is sought after by fishmongers and chefs around the country. The quality of their catch is second to none and this will be our first delivery since Christmas so we are really looking forward to getting our hands on Alan’s fish
Some of you may have seen him on Tuesday’s ITV documentary Trawlermens Tales. It was a really insightful programme following some of the vessels out of Newlyn which is where we source 90% of our wild capture British fish. If you missed it it’s still available on catch up and is well worth a look
And, for a little light reading, the link below takes you to a great article written by self confessed fishaholic Mike Warner (with a very nice recipe at the end)
Don’t forget, tomorrow, Saturday 19th December, is the very last day to place your order for Christmas and New Year
We’re open from 7:30am until 4pm tomorrow, so if you do know what you would like over Christmas please give us a call on 01276 66618 or come in to discuss your requirements.
Its a wonderfully busy time of year for everyone, and we are really looking forward to getting our usual wonderful selection, but as ever seasonal challenges mean fish will be short and with so many regular and new customers visiting us, we are likely to run low on many of the popular species.
We are also closed from 24th until 30th December, and as the fishermen won’t be back to sea until the markets on 4th January fresh wild capture fish will be unavailable. We will be getting some great shellfish, and other bits and pieces delivered on 30th, but availability will be severely limited. We will be able to advise you what is likely to be around over the New Year
We’re heading towards our final week before the big day and our order book is filling up fast
It seems like many of you will be enjoying seafood at some point over Christmas, and we’ll have lots of fabulous fresh fish being delivered every day between now and the 24th December
We’ll be taking orders for the rest of this week, so make sure you pop in or give us a call to secure your requirements. As ever, fish is likely to be very short Christmas week, due to the huge increase in demand for top drawer seafood, so we are already working closely with our wonderful suppliers to ensure we have a great selection available.
From our much loved #AjaxHake to wonderful wild turbot, large king scallops to the humble winkle – if you know what you fancy don’t keep it to yourself and hope for the best – get your order in the book and relax
Call us on 01276 66618 and we’ll be happy to advise
Wild Cornish Bass
Razors, whelks and Palourdes
Sashimi Grade Tuna Loin
Cornish Turbot and Monkfish
Huge Wild Capture Tiger Prawns
Wild Halibut Steaks
Beautiful Cornish Brill