If the trawlers land by day, Rich can select his fish off the boat. If the fish is landed in the middle of night the catch heads straight to Appledore fish dock and S&P in effect buys their own catch back from them. Clare tells me they often have a two or three hour turn around before the boats are off out to sea again, for several days. As a fisherman’s wife she’s used to being summoned to the harbour in the middle of night with food parcels or a change of clothes.
So the message is use this local fish shop and cafe or risk losing it. They have some faithful local customers – several turned up while I was there – and went away happy. And OK you have to pay for the car park and the food and drink you buy. But watching life go on in a busy working harbour is one of the few spectacles left that is free. Rich must have noticed me reading the menu and drooling. He offers me a taste of local lobster : sweet, juicy, meaty and delicate. I always thought lobster was out of my price range – but they’re on special offer and I buy half a dressed lobster (cooked and prepared) to take home to the family.
I leave Clare and Rick working away to catch the potting boats coming in on the high tide.
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