The quality and seasonality of our seafood is our main priority at The Old Passage. A great dish can only start with a great ingredient, that’s why we use a fish supplier that guarantees seafood from ship to restaurant within 48 hours. Flying Fish Seafoods supplies many top restaurants and the likes of Paul Ainsworth and Tom Kerridge. They deliver up to five days a week to ensure we have the freshest fish available from the markets of Cornwall.
In the winter months seafood can be scare, and more expensive. This isn’t because there isn’t good quality seafood in season, but because in bad weather day boats can struggle to fish and bring back their catches each day, creating short supply. However, there is still plenty of fish and shellfish to enjoy in peak condition. Here are a few of our favourites at the moment:
Cornish deep-sea mussels
One of our favourites and a popular option with our diners is mussels. At this time of year we are getting fabulous plump, juicy mussels with beautiful clean black shells and a distinctive flavour, grown in deep sea beds off the coast of Cornwall. They thrive in the rich Gulf Stream and the clean water and nutrients ensures a perfect growing environment for the mussels.
We’ve got mussels on our menu as a starter or main with smoked bacon, cider and cream.
Line caught cod and pollack
Cod prefer a cooler climate, and the cool waters off the Cornish coast at this time of the year is the perfect location for these predatory fish. In Cornwall cod stocks have massively benefitted since the introduction of the ‘Cod Box’ which is a seasonally closed off area on the North Coast of Cornwall.
Meanwhile pollack are coming straight into Looe market from small boats using techniques honed over many years. By fishing for short periods of time and only hand-lining these fish, it means they remain in perfect condition. Pollack is a great alternative to cod, with firm white flesh, delicate and delicious. We have a brand new pollack dish with incorporates beef shin ravioli, crispy kale and ale jus – it’s a fantastic combination which works with the meaty texture of the pollack.
Day boat lemon sole
These beautiful and delicate fish are just coming into season and Flying Fish Seafoods are getting supplies of these fresh from day boats coming into Looe Harbour. Again, doing short day trips before returning with the fresh catch keeps them in top condition, and they are some of the best Cornwall has to offer.