Posted 17 April 2013 by Andrew Gardner
When we think about the sumptuous selection of locally-produced food available in Sussex, it tends to be farmers' markets that come to mind first and we probably associate those with things like meat, vegetables and delicatessen items. But Sussex has a long stretch of coast and some productive rivers, so do remember we have wonderful fish here
One way to find Sussex seafood at its freshest is to look out for the fishing boats coming in at Hastings, Shoreham by Sea, Worthing or Littlehampton, for example. You might find a chalk board showing what the local catch and selling time might be, but there's a bit of pot luck involved - you need to be in the right place at the right time. Some fishmongers travel around in vans bringing fresh local catches to inland villages and town markets, so it's worth asking locally to find out which day of the week they'll be there. From crabs and lobsters to bream, bass and sole, you'll always find something - and it's worth coming back at different times of year for the seasonal variations.
Some sources aren't as productive as in days past: the river Arun, for example, was a source of food for centuries and although there's a lot of restoration work being carried out on it, these days it's not the rich source it once was. Pulborough eels, Amberley trout and Arundel mullet were all famous - the latter so much so that natives of Arundel were apparently known as mullets.
The Arun rises in St Leonard's forest near Horsham and enters the sea at Littlehampton, and along its banks you'll find many beautiful walks and birdwatching opportunities to explore from your Sussex holiday cottage or holiday apartment. So why not work up an appetite outdoors and then sample some of our delicious local fare?