Along with cod and haddock, plaice is one of the most commonly eaten fish in the UK. Its versatility sees it popping up in everything from fish and chip suppers to fine dining dishes. At Coombe Farm Organic, we rate plaice fillets as one of the tastiest fish you can get. It has good meaty flesh with fine flakes and plenty of delicate flavour and is best eaten with light, fresh accompaniments that complement the near-sweetness of the fish.
With it flat, oval body adorned with frilly fins and bright orange spots, plaice is an instantly recognizable fish. During the winter it heads out to deep waters where it lives on the muddy seabed, seeking shellfish and crustaceans to eat. When the weather warms up, plaice head back to shallow inshore waters, making them a popular catch with anglers. At Coombe Farm Organic, we only buy sustainable caught fish and for plaice, that means specimens that are suitably large to be filleted. Smaller fish sold whole may be immature or underweight. You know the fish is big enough if it's easy to successfully fillet.
We deliver all around mainland Britain, excluding the Highlands and Islands. You will be able to choose your preferred delivery slot at checkout.
We can deliver to you Tuesday to Saturday.
We will pick, pack and deliver your box the day you have requested.
For every order, we'll send you a text message on the morning it is due to be delivered.
Our courier will leave it in your requested safe place if you would prefer a contactless delivery.
We have a minimum order of £40. There is no minimum order value or delivery charge if you collect from our farm shop
Our Standard Delivery Charge is £3.95 (Tuesday to Saturday). There is Free Delivery on Orders Over £90, Recieve your order Before 12pm for £6.95
No. You can leave a message with your order telling us where you would like to have your box placed. It would be best placed somewhere cool or at least in the shade – especially during the hotter months of the year. Our products will stay at the same temperature for up to 40 hours, so just make sure that you can pick up your order within that time.
Our couriers will send you a text message or email, which ever you prefer, giving you an hour slot when your box will arrive. If that doesn’t suit you, some options will be provided to make your delivery more convenient.
Our products will stay frozen at the same temperature for up to 40 hours. Simply put them in your freezer after delivery or in your fridge if you want to defrost them and use them within the next few days.
At Coombe Farm we believe in sustainability. And we live it. Regarding our packaging:
Your delivery box is made of 100% recycled paper and is 100% recyclable.
To keep your order frozen we use ice packs which will retain a low temperature for a long period of time. Reuse them for a picnic or simply snip, empty the water and pop in your plastic recycling.
We use paper pulp sheets to insulate the box. They are great for craft projects or can also simply be recycled with paper waste.
We deliver our organic produce Tuesday – Saturday and you will be able to choose your preferred delivery day at the checkout. The delivery charge is £3.95.
Freezing is the most natural way of preserving food. And as here at Coombe Farm Organic we believe in slow-grown, healthy food, a form of preservation that doesn’t need artificial additives gets a big tick from us.
Fisheries catch fillet and freeze all sustainable and organic fish before it arrives to us by blast freezing. It’s done at the point of the fishmongers filleting the fish, to temperatures of -26°C. This locks in all the freshness, flavour and nutritional value and means you get the longest possible shelf life at home once you’ve defrosted it.
It also guarantees it will arrive with you in tiptop condition - confidently delivering fresh fish would be much more challenging.
Sustainability is a key concept when it comes to choosing the fish that you eat. It's measured in three ways. Firstly, the number of fish taken from the sea must leave behind a healthy, productive population that can reproduce quickly enough to support the levels at which they're fished. Secondly, environmental impact on habitats, ecosystems and other species must be minimised. And thirdly, fisheries must be well managed, be humane and be able to adapt to environmental changes. At Coombe Farm Organic, we work with fishing partners who fish to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards with a responsible attitude that reflects our organic farming ethos.
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We've prepared your plaice to make it easy to cook and waste free. It's a quick-cooking fish, so take care not to overdo things and dry it out. For assured succulence you could steam the fillets, serving them with a light dressing of soy sauce spiked with finely shredded shallot and ginger. A salad of lamb's lettuce, watercress and pea shoots makes a tangy accompaniment. Alternatively, fry your plaice in a hot pan, crisping up the skin side first. Serve with rosemary roasted new potatoes and a Mediterranean salsa of chopped plum tomatoes, crushed garlic, finely diced red onion and plenty of torn basil.