It is a year since we moved to East Lothian and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than a delivery from local company East Coast Lobsters, who are also approaching their first anniversary since launching last summer.
We are so lucky to have incredible seafood off the coast of Scotland, particularly East Lothian. My first proper experience of shellfish was a plate of langoustines in a restaurant on the west coast. The incredible looking specimens arrived with no instructions and a set of mysterious shiny tools that looked like they belonged on a surgeon’s table Ever since, although I love shellfish, I don’t often order it in restaurants because of the inevitable mess and effort required to extract the precious morsels. This was not an issue today, however, as East Coast Lobsters provide their lobster, crab and langoustines prepared and ready-to-eat. Simply heat in the oven, grab a fork and glass of wine, and you are good to go.
It's easy to see why when presented with a ready-to-eat seafood feast that took zero effort to prepare. We enjoyed sweet and juicy North Berwick Lobster, half shell scallops with creamy gratin or spicy chorizo and tender langoustines with lemon and garlic butter while sides of rosemary roast potatoes, focaccia and freshly cut coleslaw were generous accompaniments.
As you enjoy the food, it is good to know that it was all sourced from local suppliers, like Seacliff Sustainable Fishing, Belhaven Smokehouse and DR Collins in Eyemouth. ECL also supports the North Berwick Lobster Hatchery, a charity working to improve stocks of local lobster. Delivery is free to East Lothian, while there is an additional charge for Edinburgh or Midlothian.
Now contentedly stuffed, I can heartily recommend ECL for tasty, hassle-free seafood that even ticks the #local and #sustainable boxes - ideal for a special occasion or just because we all need a little indulgence from time to time.
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