One of the odder jobs I have, considering I live at the opposite end of the Earth, is writing about Scottish wildlife. Actually most writing jobs I get seem pretty odd given where I live, but that’s that internet thing for you… I digress.
The piece I’ve just finished writing is about the Orkney vole, a unique species of vole found only in the Orkney islands. All very interesting stuff. The last part of the feature required three or four accomodation tips. One of those I suggest is The Creel. I’ve visited the Creel’s restaurant twice – the food is excellent, definitely the best in Orkney and probably some of the best in Scotland. The last time I was there I hit the monkfish.
However, a quick scan through their website tells me they’re serving up some rather more intriguing fish these days; Wolf fish, Torsk, Sea witch and Megrim for starters. I love fish, but I’ve never snagged one of these on a line, savagely wrestled it from the sea, bludgeoned it to death, torn open its guts, applied batter and fried in oil the temperature of a small sun. Not even uber TV-fishmonger Rick Stein has these handsome specimens on his menu. Anyone tried any of these freak fish or similar? Pic nicked from ‘ere.