View from the kitchen : April 2012

With Spring arriving we will hopefully see some warmer weather, which in turn will help the sea temperatures rise, especially in the shallower waters. This brings the Brown Crabs from deeper, colder water into the warmer shallows, making them more active. This helps their meat content because when they are sat in the cold water they stay static and their meat goes watery. So during the Spring and Summer, Crabs are at their best.

Other fish that are coming into season are Plaice. Since Christmas they have been spawning which makes them very thin and not good to eat but during April Plaice have finished their spawning and are starting to get heavier making them great to eat.

Dog fish (or Huss) have had a lot of good press recently and quite rightly so; they are delicious. We serve them in a fish finger bap which has gone down a storm at the Hive. They are around in good numbers at the moment and well worth a try.

Brill are in season and are at a good price as too are Bass. The water is getting clearer which brings the Mackerel in, so we are starting to see our first landings of Mackerel. They are slightly small but will start getting bigger soon. We wait to see if Mackerel stocks continue to be sustainable this year.

Lemon Sole’s are starting to roe up, so we will try to avoid them until they have finished spawning.

Other fish in season:

John Dory (but still price’y)
Sardines (when available)

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  1. Janet
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    The fish availability information is very helpful.

  2. Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Don’t go abroad for your holidays – just go to Bridport and eat at The Hive,Burton Bradstock or The Watch House,West Bay – wonderful scenery and food – we will be sampling over Easter – thank you

  3. Jackie hampton
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I live a 90 minute drive away from Burton Bradstock but on a sunny day I keep finding myself walking the dogs on Chesil Beach and eating a fab fish lunch at the Hive Beach Café-weird!

  4. Steve
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Visited at Easter. Seafood remains fab. Farmhouse brekkie best ever!

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