Fish for Thought is a small Cornish family business established in 2007. The family’s roots can be traced back many generations in Cornwall. Apparently one member of the family, Francis Trudgian, owned half of Cornwall back in the 1500’s. Unfortunately he backed the wrong religion, lost the lot and ended up in The Tower of London!
The company sells on-line to deliver nationwide and provides fresh fish, frozen, shellfish and smoked fish. Fish For Thought has received wide-ranging plaudits from Rick Stein to the Daily Telegraph (Best On line Food Supplier) and was declared Cornish Fishmonger of the Year in 2011.
Fresh Wild Sea Bass
Wild Seabass is undoubtedly one of the finest fish in the world – especially Cornish Seabass! This beautiful prime fish is absolutely delicious, with bright silver skin and firm white flesh.
Brill is so good: its reputation as a poor man’s Turbot is a bit unfair! Brill is possibly a little less sweet tasting, but it has a very similar firm texture, and is a superb fish in its own right.
New season cockles. Ready cooked and individually frozen, just use what you want out of the bag and keep the rest in the freezer.
Fresh Code Fillets
Fillets from large Cornish cod are a real joy. From a sustainability perspective it is a bit of a minefield with Cod, but the Cornish fishery is well managed.
Gurnard is a beautiful looking fish sometimes referred to as angel fish. It remains very much underrated, making it good value, although prices have gone up as it has been discovered.
Cornish Haddock Fillets
Haddock is landed around the Cornish coast. They are a silvery grey colour with a black lateral line and a grey black splodge just behind the gills.
Line Caught Cornish Mackerel
Mackerel is visually stunning, with wonderful blue, black, green and silver tiger stripes running all along the top and down the sides. The Cornish fishery is a wonderful example of best practice sustainable fishing, with small inshore day-boats catching the fish by hook and line.
In the last 20 years Monkfish has become one of the most popular species available. Also known as the anglerfish, when whole it looks pretty terrifying.
Fresh Rope Grown Cornish Mussels
Rope grown Cornish mussels are simply fantastic. These are sourced through Fowey Seafarms, run by Dave and Sue Hancock. They developed the first open water farm in St Austell Bay on the south coast of Cornwall.
Pacific Oysters are harvested at Porthilly near Rock on the north Cornish coast. Grown in the Camel Estuary these are certainly a jewel in Cornwall’s culinary crown.
Plaice is a beautiful fish with dark top skin and bright orange spots. It is great value and is one of the most popular flat fish. It works equally well cooked whole and as fillets.
When sourcing salmon Fish For thought have cast their net wide. They work closely with Shetlands Finest who provide some of the finest salmon in the world.
Fresh King Scallops
King scallops are so rich and sweet and very easy to cook. They are sourced from small inshore day boats that fish mainly around the South Cornish coastline.
Cornish Dover Sole
Dover Sole is undoubtedly one of the most highly prized fish landed and as such is something to savour on special occasions.
Sourced mainly from Looe, where it is unbelievably fresh!
Turbot really is the ‘King’ of the sea. They are the largest of the South West flatfish and are big and strong predators! It is up there with lobster and Dover Sole in terms of being simply stunning.
Cornish Whiting Fillets
Fresh whiting are sourced from Cornish waters where it is landed to markets including Looe. The fish are quite small, but are a great everyday fish.