Earlier this summer we were visiting Pete’s parents in St. Andrews for the weekend, and decided to take a little side trip to Crail
Crail is a lovely little fishing village not far from St.Andrews, and although we didn’t spend a huge amount of time there, we had a great day! To be honest, I don’t think you have to spend a long time in order to enjoy Crail, it is really quite small
Down at the harbour there is a stall that sells fresh crab and lobster that Pete really wanted to try out. They let you pick your own lobster from their lobster tank (tank? tub? aquarium?) and once you’ve selected the one you want they cook it for you and serve it to you outside on the quayside.
I have to admit I wasn’t a massive fan of lobster. It was ok, I guess it just wasn’t to my taste, but then shellfish rarely is, apart from prawns (serve me Swedish West Coast prawns with a side of crusty bread and aioli and a glass of white wine any day and I’ll be your friend!) Pete enjoyed it though, so he got to eat most of it.
I don’t know if I also felt a bit guilty about the whole having picked the lobster to meet its destiny just 20 minutes earlier but it shouldn’t really have bothered me as I am not a vegetarian and I know where meat comes from. And in any case, Pete picked the lobster not me!
Nevertheless we had a great time just sitting in the sun, eating seafood and having a bit of a breather. The weekend had been quite stressful up until then so this was a nice break from it all, and Crail really was lovely in the summer – not sure if it would be as lovely in winter time, although I guess every season has its charm!
Pete also ended up finding himself a birthday present in one of the art galleries which we brought home with us later on (and have yet to put up on the wall) and I learnt that I don’t need to bother too much about trying lobster again!
So what about you? Are you a lobster fan?