We recently went for dinner with friends and had a meal that really made us sit up and say, ‘Ahoy There’. Prompted by the noisy mumble of mmhs and ahhs that accompanied the baked seabass with rosemary, roasted garlic and chilli, our hosts introduced us to the concept of SoleShare, a “community supported fishery” (CSF) that currently delivers to collection points in north and east London – including E5 bakery and Clapton’s Palm 2. The idea is simple: a bit like a veg box, you sign up for two, four or eight portions of fish either weekly or fortnightly. Fish ranges from bass to whiting, via john dory and spider crab, and comes either whole or oven ready, both with several recipe suggestions. Our friends say portions are generous and it’s as fun cooking with something familiar as with a new discovery. Joining the dots between local fishermen, fish lovers and the sea, the US originated scheme brings locally-sourced fish directly into urban homes – exactly what’s needed.


Monthly cost from £18 for a two-person fortnightly portion to £105 for an eight-person weekly portion
— Francesca
10th May 2017