Today marks the opening of the 17th edition of the famous Falmouth Oyster Festival. This seafood extravaganza began back in 1996 and celebrates the opening of the traditional oyster dredging season in the area. Year on year the event has grown in popularity and from its relatively humble beginnings it has become a marquee event in the British food festival calendar. One thing that this demonstrates is the love that we Brits have for our seafood, although let’s be honest this comes as little surprise – we are an island nation after all! Here at Sykes we’ve been inspired by reading about the oyster festival and have decided to write about some of the fantastic seafood that is on offer in this country.
They may not be everybody’s cup of tea but the success of the Falmouth Festival shows that oysters are growing ever more popular. They have undergone a complete role reversal in the eyes of the British public, from being shunned by the Victorians as the food of the poor, to the status of a luxurious delicacy that is enjoyed the world over. We are lucky enough to have a plethora of oyster farms dotted around the country, each offering their own variant; however the Cornish Natives that are celebrated at the Falmouth Oyster Festival really take some beating!
Fish and Chips
It’s impossible to write about British seafood without mentioning Fish and Chips; after all they are more of a national institution than a dish. The first ever ‘Chippy’ opened way back in the 1860’s and in the 150 years since we’ve been hooked. There are over 10,000 Fish and Chip shops across the United Kingdom serving up this deep-fried delight, and with an estimated 1 in 5 takeaways purchased on a Friday night being fish and chips it is easy to see that they are a firm favourite.
Another traditional British seafood delicacy is the humble kipper. These small smoked herrings are a real piece of British seaside heritage and have been relished through the ages. Traditionally served either as part of a classic Kedgeree or with some bread and butter, they are a proper breakfast treat. Sadly the kipper fell out of favour with the British public in the second half of the 20th century but they are back with a bang, mainly thanks to their healthy nature and relatively low cost.
Hopefully reading this might have inspired you into taking a trip to the seaside to enjoy some top British seafood and with our wide selection of coastal cottages you can do it in style!