Live whole crab


Live crabs are delivered to you in chilled insulated boxes ready for you to cook on the day of delivery. The meat content of our crabs changes from season to season with brown meat becoming less prominent at certain times of year. We recommend you cook them on the day you receive them for the best quality crab.


Not only is Salcombe Crab delicious, with that sea-fresh sweetness, it’s also a real superfood. A 200g portion of cooked crab meat contains 50g of protein and only 4g of fat, and is also packed with vitamins, minerals and Omega 3 fatty acids, all of which contribute to physical and mental well-being. Absorption of Omega 3 in the body is supported when taken together with B vitamins, zinc and magnesium – all of which are prominent in crab. Since when was eating healthily so enjoyable?

Orders placed before Thursday will be despatched on the following working day, so please allow 48 hours to receive your order. If you place your order on a Thursday, it will be despatched the following Monday unless you choose Saturday delivery during checkout (otherwise the food would perish over the weekend).

Please ensure you are able to sign for your delivery when the courier arrives – we want you to enjoy our delicious crab in perfect condition, and even though it is packed in ice for transport, it is still perishable!

Our standard delivery charge is £4.99, or £23 for a Saturday delivery.

You can collect from our office for free – please allow 24 hours after placing your order, and let us know when you would like to collect in the order notes during checkout.

Orders over £250 are delivered free of charge.

If you are in the highlands or islands, please contact us before placing your order.


If you are unhappy with your product for any reason, please call us on 01548 521182, or email us at

Don’t worry, our crab fishing doesn’t damage the marine environment or endanger the crab population. There are very strict rules on the size of the crab that can be landed, and we adhere to them rigidly. This means we don’t catch very young crabs, and they are able to breed and grow, year in year out. We also have a limit on the number of days we are allowed to fish in certain areas of the English Channel.

The edible or brown crab has the scientific name Cancer Pagurus, and is found around the British coastline. Brown crab is also abundant throughout the northeast Atlantic as far as Norway in the north and northern Africa in the south, on mixed coarse grounds, mud and sand from shallow sub littoral to about 100 metres (330 ft). It’s often found living in cracks and holes in rocks, but occasionally also in open areas. Smaller specimens may be found under rocks in the littoral zone.

It’s a robust reddish-brown crab, having an oval shell with a characteristic “pie crust” edge, and black tips to the claws. Adult brown crabs are nocturnal, hiding buried in the substrate during the day, but foraging up to 50 metres (160 ft) from their hideouts at night to feed on a range of molluscs and crustaceans. The main predator of brown crab is the octopus, which will even attack them inside the crab pots that fishermen use to trap them