Dive into Britain's Freshest Seafood Delights
With more than 300 species of fish and one of Europe’s longest coastlines, finding where to find the best seafood can be bewildering. Here we look at some of the best. Enjoy!
Plymouth, labelled Britain’s Ocean City, is home to one the largest fish markets in the country and with the ocean right on the doorstep, you can look forward to tucking into some of the freshest seafood available. More than 6,000 tonnes of seafood are landed here each year.
For chef demos and tastings, head to the city’s free Seafood and Harbour Festival, 16-17 September (’23), for a celebration of sustainably caught produce. If you fancy doing some of the work yourself, book a Cook Your Catch at the Hook and Line Experience and sail out for a private fishing trip, on your return, visit The Hook and Line Seafood Café and Bar to create the perfect dish.
A fleet of in-shore day boats fish the local waters using sustainable methods, landing at Plymouth Fish Quay serving the scores of fresh fishmongers. Check out The Catch, an artisan seafood restaurant and cookery school in one.
Look out for smoked salmon, gravadlax, hand-picked crab, lobster bisque, crab cakes, fish pies, chowders and more at the Shellfish Deli. You can even select your own crab or lobster from the onsite holding tank – you can’t get any fresher!
The Village is one of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants; try the fisherman’s platter, heaving with tiger prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari and more! Fans of Japanese food should visit KUKU sushi bar, this hidden gem uses local, seasonal ingredients to create delicious sushi, salads and soup.
Renovated from an old fisherman’s store, The Boathouse Café is right on the waterfront. Focussing on sustainable sourcing, they catch and serve their own fish – you’ll find the catch of the day on the specials board.
If you’re on the Kent coast, few experiences beat sitting on the King’s Steps at Margatewith crispy fish ‘n’ chips watching the famous sunset that inspired Turner.
If you’d rather splurge, book at the Buoy and Oyster, well-located overlooking Margate Main Sands, the owners are passionate about all things seafood. If the Ultimate Seafood Stopper at £125 is a step too far, head downstairs to Beach Buoys, its more affordable take-away.
Angela’s of Margate boasts a rare Michelin Green Star, testament to its sustainable practices. Its menu changes daily but expect plenty of choice, from turbot and hake to lobster and Rock oysters. Its sister restaurant Dory’s is listed in The Good Food Guide as one of the best eateries for solo diners.
New kid on the block is Pearly Cow beside Margate Main Sands. Come for the freshest seafood and just-picked leaves, check out the likes of salt cod taco, lobster roll and Whitstable oysters.
For an authentic experience, grab cockles or whelks from Mannings Seafood Stall, Margate Harbour, family-run since 1962. In addition to hot seafood specials, they offer oysters and prawns with glasses of fizz.
In nearby Broadstairs, Kebbells provides a choice of small or large plates with a Mediterranean twist. Tuck into garlicky gambas, Brown Crab Arancini or BBQ Octopus. Alternatively head across to Cannon’s Seafood Stall for top-quality seafood at great prices, its lobster, roll mops and anchovies with olives are particularly rated.