Seasonality

What fish are in season right now? Why does it matter?

Our fishermen have years of knowledge regarding seasonality, a lot of this knowledge has been handed down by generations of fishermen. It makes sense we should be guided by their expertise and make the most of what our UK waters have to offer at any particular time of the year.

Seasons are apparent due to water temperature, migration of stock, natural food sources, reproduction and spawning among other things.

Some seasons we should utilise, due to the quality of the fish, being tip top, best in class during a 12 month period. Due to the abundance and availability prices may slacken and deals can be had.

Some seasons need to be avoided, in our opinion, when fish are spawning and in poor condition, providing poor yealds and a poor eating experience.

Working so close to the industry we wish to guide you through these so important seasonal periods, offering you the best opportunity of giving your diners the best possible eating experience.

Keep up to date on this page – what’s in and what’s out – in regards to wild caught species.

Our Fish Buyer's, Recommendations

Mussels

The mussel season is here. Remember it’s fine to eat mussels in any month containing the letter R as a rule of thumb. Get some lovely fat mussels on your menu as now ids the time to experience their freshness.

Pollock

 We will experience good captures of Pollock in the coming weeks both on the South Coast and in Peterhead Scotland, with supply’s abundant we can expect some good deals to be had – keep an eye on our specials and social media for updates  

Scallop In Shell

‘Don’t miss out on these beauties’.  We aim to receive two deliveries a week from our divers depending on weather from Scotland, sizes both Medium and Large please communicate with the team your weekly requirements as pre-orders prove helpful to organised supply and demand 

Langoustines

From our sister company in North Shields we can secure fresh dipped day boat langoustines before they are exported to Europe.  Call the office to find out more we recommend the 10-15 count per kg – this shellfish treat should be taken advantage off, the feedback has been amazing.

Hake

Part of the cod family Hake is a wonderful treat from nature’s larder. This fish is the sustainability poster boy – recently awarded the highest sustainability rating Hake is here to stay. They have been hard to find over the winter months but when the temperature rises they come back in big shoals ready for our pair trawlers to pluck them from the water in short hauls, the majority due to the quality are exported to Europe – Dont miss out!

Cuttlefish

The alternative to the Squid – Cuttlefish are in season and have been abundant on the South Coast, you would be amazed how many are landed, practically tonnes, but here in the UK like a lot of other British caught fish we do not take advantage of our natural larder!

Ling

Plentiful and popular the ling season is in full swing. What can we say? Caught in abundance and as fresh as a daisy. Ling are popular in Europe, more so than here, and are a deep water fish. They hunt other fish and are strong swimmers – catch one and you’ll know what we mean! They have a long body similar to that of an eel. The meat is firm and cooks many ways.

Recommended Fish to Avoid

Plaice Whole


Plaice are thin due to breeding season, yield are low and the quality of the meat is poor.
We recommend you them alone, as they’ll fatten up in April/May.



Native L
obsters
Lobsters are low on the ground, which means they’re dictating high prices.
Until they start to actively move around, which is reliant on the water temperature, we recommend you use Canadian.

Samphire

Out of season, plain and simple. Samphire is becoming woody and is best avoided right now. There is an alternative; Israeli Samphire. Just as good as our UK variant and available when ours is not. 

If you want to know more about seasonality, or anything else about our fish, then get in touch – we’re more than happy to advise you and we can recommend alternatives to fish out of season.

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