The name sardine derives from the Italian island of Sardinia where they used to live in large populations. Cornish sardines can be found closer to home and have - because they’re fatter - more flavour than their Mediterranean family. Truly fresh sardines can be recognized by its gold coloured head and the rainbow colours over its spine. The fish must be able to stand up straight when you hold it by its head.

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Facts & figures

Sardina pilchardus
Length: 8 - 11 inches
Weight: 0,8 - 1 pound
Food: plankton
Family of the herring
Great to grill

Our sardine products

With bone or boneless, in oil or water; with lemon or in a tomato sauce: how you prefer to eat sardines, we will have the best one for you. Sorted manually and packaged in a traditional way. Use it in your next home-cooked dinner, put on a cracker - or eat it straight from the tin.

Sardines in olive oil

Sardines in water

Sardines in olive oil with lemon

Sardines skinless and boneless in olive oil

Sardines skinless and boneless in spicy tomato

Our sardine fisheries

All our sardines are Cornish sardines and come from one and the same MSC-certified fishery in Cornwall. Giving you a good feeling when you get your hands on Fish Tales sardines - not just because they taste good but are the most sustainable choice. In Newlyn, a picturesque village off the coast of Cornwall, fourteen small boats with ring nets ship out at dusk. In season, they set out when the sun sets and search for the most beautiful, fatty sardines in English waters. This fishery has been MSC-certified since 2010.

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