10 of the best English seafood treats

We have scoured England’s coastline for some of the best (and tastiest) English seafood. Why not tuck into a seafood feast on an island, try a Bloody Mary topped with an oyster or keep it traditional with award-winning fish and chips.

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Gorge on mussels in Cornwall

Falmouth, Cornwall

Make a beeline for Fowey for tasty local shellfish. Places like the Bridge Bistro offer plenty of freshly-caught and locally sourced mussels on their menus. Or opt for The Shack along the quay in Falmouth for an epic seafood platter that includes mussels, crab and plenty of fried delights.

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Crack open some famous Cromer Crab in Norfolk

Cromer, Norfolk

Whether you prefer the sweeter white meat or the meatier brown, no crab is more esteemed than the East Anglian delicacy, Cromer Crab. Simply dressed, with a squeeze of lemon, it’s a true taste of the Fens. For an extra bit of pizazz, head down in August when the Cromer Carnival is on.

Cast your net in Norfolk

Unwrap some good old fish & chips in Devon

Plymouth, Devon

From traditional cod to red snapper, there is nothing more English than the aroma of salt, vinegar and warm paper. And where better to try this hearty meal than at Kingfisher Fish & Chips in Plymouth, winners of the Fish & Chip awards in 2017.

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Sample tasty kippers in Northumberland

Craster, Northumberland

Sat on the Northumbrian coast is the tiny fishing village of Craster, famed for its fishy delights. One name that has remained constant throughout the 20th and 21st Century is Robson’s Smoke House, producing tasty oak smoked kippers for nearly 100 years.

Test Northumberland’s waters

Enjoy superb shellfish on the Dorset coast

Lyme Regis, Dorset

Oysters are the perfect seaside snack whilst at the beach at Lyme Regis. As well as these shelled beauties, the area is also home to a seafood festival hosted by celebrity chef Mark Hix in August which is dedicated to the fantastic produce of the south-western coast of England.

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Sample smoked salmon in Tyneside

Whitburn, Tyne and Wear

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Perched atop of the coastline in Whitburn you can find some of the freshest local seafood platters, complete with winkles, cockles, langoustines and more. Latimers has also won awards for their home-smoked salmon. Grab some takeaway pots and get rock pooling on the nearby beach.

Coast along Tyne and Wear

Try a slice of Stargazy Pie in Cornwall

Mousehole, Cornwall

As if straight out of a children’s fairytale, this Cornish dish is made with whole pilchards whose heads look upwards towards the stars. Traditionally served on Tom Bawcock’s Eve in the village of Mousehole at places such as The Ship Inn, the pie commemorates brave Tom’s efforts of preventing famine by fishing in a terrible storm.

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Taste an array of fishy flavours in Essex

Mersea Island, Essex

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If you want a holiday vibe and a huge range of seafood to pick at, then visit Mersea Island in Essex. The Company Shed has super simple décor but serves amazing seafood plucked straight from the sea and stocks fantastic wine from the local vineyard. Why not takeaway some of their oysters for a seaside picnic?

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Have a taste of glamour in Kent

Margate, Kent

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For a real taste of luxury, you can’t beat lobster. Dressed, grilled or in Thermidor, it’s a dish that is as much about the ceremony as the taste. Head to Margate where you can dig into some freshly caught lobster accompanied a bloody mary topped with an oyster at Buoy and Oyster before hitting the blue flag beach or exploring the Turner Contemporary Gallery.

Get hooked on Kent

Devour delicious scallops in East Sussex

Rye, East Sussex

Dive into the annual Rye Bay Scallop Week in February to gorge on this medieval town’s famous delicacy. These plump pearly globules are celebrated and served up in a variety of ways in many local restaurants. Enjoy them with a silver of black pudding or accompanied with wild samphire.

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    Falmouth, Cornwall

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    Cromer, Norfolk

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    Plymouth, Devon

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    Craster, Northumberland

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    Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Whitburn, Tyne and Wear

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    Mousehole, Cornwall

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    Mersea Island, Essex

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    Margate, Kent

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    Rye, East Sussex

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