The Last Food of England
 
Come hither! Who could resist? A catholic mixture, very English somehow, of North Sea and other shellfish, sandwiches and fizzy drinks. Candy floss is a hop and skip away. Fresh brown crabs are caught in many locations on the east and south coasts, and popular. Most of the lobsters go to more appreciative markets in Europe. Native oysters are taken from farmed or controlled stocks inshore. Shellfish are unlikely to be sustainable in the medium term, but subject to minimum shell sizes and doing better than turbot, hake or even the humble plaice.

North East Coast August 2004