Cornish Fish

A short guide

There is no finer way to end a long day traipsing along the coast path or playing on the beach than by tucking into fresh, sustainably caught, Cornish fish.

We oven-roast each fish whole*, serving them up with simple but perfectly chosen garnishes like popcorn capers, fondant potato, Cornish samphire, apple and lemon butter and sweet apple gel.

Changing daily – and available unless there has been a stampede – we will always have a Cornish fish of the day on the menu here, as well as a jumbo fish sharer.

Just ask us when you book (01288 361273) or when you arrive for the Cornish fish of the day.

Don’t forget to also enquire about our great range of premium Cornish wines, carefully selected by us to complement and enhance your dining experience.

*Even though we cannot rule out cross-contamination, our fish of the day recipes are gluten free. Please also note that we roast each fish whole so the fish will contain bones.

Here is a short A-Z guide to the Cornish fish you can find served here.

BRILL

APPEARANCE
A large flatfish similar in shape and size to Turbot, Brill have smooth brown flecked skin with a white and creamy underside.

FLAVOUR
Considered a prime flatfish, Brill is bright and texturally firm with a sweet and delicate flavour.

FUN FACT
Brill is quite often mistaken for Turbot but it is actually from the Sole family.

COLEY

APPEARANCE
Also known as Saithe, Coley has a long tapered body and a dark blue skin.

FLAVOUR
The flesh may be a slightly dull white colour but it lightens up when cooked and Coley has a mild flaky texture and a truly fine flavour.

FUN FACT
Often overlooked in favour of cod or haddock, Coley is more sustainable than its larger cousins.

CORNISH SOLE

APPEARANCE
Cornish Sole (or Megrim) are left-eyed with a narrower body and a slightly bigger head than other flatfish and are a sustainable, deep water flatfish commonly caught here off the Cornish coast.

TASTE
Cousin to Lemon and Dover sole, Cornish Sole has a lovely, delicate flesh and flavour.

FUN FACT
Cornish Sole are predators and mostly feed on squid and small fish, but can also happily devour crustaceans.

DOVER SOLE

APPEARANCE
This legendary flatfish has an unmistakably beautiful light brown, mottled skin.

FLAVOUR
Packed with flavour, and with a uniquely firm, meaty texture makes Dover Sole a real treat.

FUN FACT
The name “Dover” naturally comes from Dover, the fishing port that landed the most Sole in the 19th century.

GILTHEAD BREAM

APPEARANCE
Named after a small golden bar on their forehead, Gilthead bream is a chunky fish with a lovely metallic sheen.

FLAVOUR
Gilthead Bream have a juicy, white flesh and a hugely satisfying meaty texture.

FUN FACT
All Gilthead Bream start out in life as males and change sex at about three years of age.

GREY MULLET

APPEARANCE
Grey Mullet are dark green to bluish grey on their backs with shimmering, silvery grey sides and a clean white belly.

FLAVOUR
Considered semi oily, Grey Mullet has a firm texture and a delicate and tasty flavour.

FUN FACT
Grey Mullet have an upper lip that is thick, prominent and hard, giving it the nickname “thick-lipped” Mullet.

HAKE

APPEARANCE
A medium to large fish from the Cod family, Hake is an elongated silver-scaled fish typically caught off the deep waters of our Cornish coast.

FLAVOUR
With firm, sweet flaky white meat, this mild tasting fish has a slightly more subtle flavour than Cod.

FUN FACT
Apparently, Hake comes from the Old Norse word, ‘haki’. And according to Norse mythology, Haki was a king.

HALIBUT

APPEARANCE
The largest of all flatfish, Halibut are dark brown on the top side with a white to off-white underbelly.

FLAVOUR
Halibut has a gentle, sweet-tasting flesh and a firm but tender texture.

FUN FACT
Apparently the oldest Halibut on record was 55 years old.

JOHN DORY

APPEARANCE
John Dory, also known as the St. Peter fish, has a mottled yellow-green skin and ten spikes surrounding its fins that make it truly unmistakable.

TASTE
Despite its odd appearance, John Dory boasts a dense white flesh packed full of flavour and as such is a highly sought after fish.

MACKEREL

FUN FACT

The dark spot or St Peter’s thumbprint on the side of this fish helps it to warn off and confuse predators who think this mark is actually an eye.

APPEARANCE

Iridescent and strikingly blue green tigerstripes on the back, Mackerel has a sleek silvery white underbelly.

TASTE

With its characteristically rich fishy flavour, Mackerel is high in omega 3 oils.

FUN FACT

Mackerel are a food source for numerous marine predators, including dolphins, whales, seals and sharks.

MONKFISH

APPEARANCE
Known as the sea-devil due to its huge spiny head and fang like teeth, Monkfish is an unmistakable fish.

TASTE
With it firm, meaty texture, and mild, slightly sweet flavour, Monkfish has a similar taste and texture to lobster.

FUN FACT
Monkfish have an antenna growing from the middle of their heads which they use to lure in prey.

PLAICE

APPEARANCE
Plaice is a diamond-shaped, green-skinned, right-eyed flatfish, with lovely distinctive orange spots.

FLAVOUR
A low-fat, low-calorie fish that is perfect for a low-sugar diet since it is carbohydrate-free, Plaice is also a wonderfully soft and flaky fish.

FUN FACT
Plaice start out life looking like normal fish and change as they grow with their eyes moving to one side of their face as they end up swimming on their side.

POLLOCK

APPEARANCE
Pollock is a very common white fish with a grey-green skin and a small barbell that extends from the chin of the fish to its whiskers.

FLAVOUR
Pollock is often sold in supermarkets as ‘white fish fillets’, and it does have a fairly mild taste, but freshly caught and smothered in butter, it’s the perfect fish for young children.

FUN FACT
Apparently, Atlantic Pollock have been known to live for about twenty five years.

RED MULLET

APPEARANCE
Red Mullet is a truly beautiful fish with vibrant crimson scales and a plump, rounded body.

FLAVOUR
Boasting a high fat content, Red Mullet is a remarkably flavoursome fish with delicately flaky flesh.

FUN FACT
In Ancient Rome, Red Mullet were so highly prized they were worth their weight in silver.

TURBOT

APPEARANCE
A broad-bodied, left-sided, left-eyed flatfish, Turbot live along sand and gravel shores.

FLAVOUR
Called the King of Fish for good reason: Turbot has a buttery, soft white flesh and has a subtle salty flavour that many consider superior to any of its flatfish cousins.

FUN FACT
Apparently Turbot was considered a delicacy as far back as Roman times.

WILD SEA BASS

APPEARANCE
Sea Bass are a striking, Perch-like fish, with silvery skin, serious spines and razor sharp gill covers.

FLAVOUR
Sea Bass has a fine, delicate flavour, deliciously firm but also flaky. It is a great low-fat source of protein, and a good source of selenium, a powerful anti-oxidant.

FUN FACT
Across the Sea Bass family, size varies dramatically from a few centimetres to 6 feet in length.

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