A tasty, firmly fleshed, versatile fish that's set to become a family favourite
With its red or grey skin, large, armoured head and ferocious spines, gurnard is a distinctive, but not exactly pretty fish. It lives and feeds on the seabed and has traditionally been discarded by fishermen or used as bait in lobster pots. But luckily, we're coming to our senses now and starting to enjoy its lean, white flesh as a sustainable alternative to over-fished species like cod. The bony structure of gurnard does make it a little bit difficult to deal with, so at Coombe Farm Organic we sell it ready filleted, meaning you're spared the fiddly bit and left free to get on with cooking this flavoursome fish.
Gurnard is widespread across the Atlantic and Mediterranean and, due to traditionally low demand for them, are a non-quota species. The blue MSC label is seafood you can trust as Coombe Farm Organic gurnard is sourced from suppliers who follow the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. MSC fisheries work in harmony with the marine environment, increasing stocks, reduce bycatches and help with the overall ecosystem in the marine environment. and is at its best during the colder months of the year. Our suppliers process and freeze it as soon as it's landed, assuring you of optimum freshness.
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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With really super flavour, the gurnard is a versatile choice, excellent in hearty staples like fish and chips or homemade family favourites like fish fingers. Its meaty and firm-but-flaky texture works well in fish stews and fiery seafood curries. Try it in a traditional Provençal bouillabaisse, alongside monkfish, red mullet and John Dory. Make a rich, well-reduced sauce with onions, celery, fish stock and plenty of chopped and puréed tomatoes. Flavour it with saffron, star anise and a good splash of Pernod, before poaching the fish in it. Serve garnished with garlicky croutons and a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.