Today we regard lobster as a luxury food, but it has not always been so. They were so abundant in colonial New England that servants, as a condition of their employment, insisted on not being fed lobster more than three times a week. And on these shores they were at first a food of the poor, a way of eking a meagre diet from land and sea. Some perverse part of me doesn’t want to be able to eat lobster every day; I want it to be, a dish I only order as a treat. And I’m not alone, the team at East Coast Lobsters, East Lothian’s local seafood delivery business have had a busy year, delivering the amazing seafood we have on our doorstep. I spoke to Annabel Mill-Irving to find out just what they’ve been up to in 2021.
How did East Coast Lobsters come about?
In 2020 Phil and I decided to combine our love of seafood and culinary skills, after Phil was unable to return to his original job as a chef on a super yacht in America due to COVID-19, and East Coast Lobsters was born. Phil has a wealth of experience in the catering industry, starting in East Lothian at the legendary Greencraigs hotel in Aberlady. Expanding on his culinary skills, he began working as a chef on super yachts catering for a diverse range of clients with many demanding requests.
What do you deliver?
We’re delighted to cook and deliver fresh seafood, including; North Berwick lobster, crab cakes, seafood platters, langoustines and half shell scallops to customers so they can enjoy restaurant-quality food within the comfort of their own home.
How do you support sustainable fishing?
We are very proud to be supporting The Lobster Hatchery in North Berwick with their Buy One Release One membership scheme. This all important charity ensures that the lobster population is repopulated in the Firth of Forth so we can all enjoy local lobster for years to come.
What’s been new for you this year?
A new avenue for us this year, was Street Food by East Coast Lobsters. We popped up at Fringe by the Sea in our new horse box serving delicious seafood filled bagels. It was great fun to be based at the harbour and meet so many new and loyal customers. Look out for where the horse box will be next, as we have lots of new events and menus coming up.
We were also excited to launch our new website in the summer and customers can now order online.
What else have you in store for 2021?
As the autumn months are upon us, the team at East Coast Lobsters are looking forward to all the excitement the festive season can bring. We’re keen to help get the party started, so let the Champagne flow and treat your guests to our decadent Christmas platter. Our Sharing Platter combines some of our popular seafood platter elements and a few festive additions – North Berwick lobster and prawn cocktail in a NB Gin and marie-rose sauce, crab and herb dip, home-made salmon pate, Belhaven hot and cold smoked salmon, two North Berwick lobsters and Scottish oatcakes to serve. Perfect for gatherings with friends and family.
We’re also planning a trio of seafood canapés that can be ordered in groups of 6 or 12. Mini lobster rolls, hot smoked salmon in oatcake cups and crab salad in filo cases – the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas cocktails.