The Pilchard – The Food Of The Regency Poor

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Pilchards are smelly, oily fish with a reputation as a staple food of the British poor during the regency era of the late 1700s to the early 1800s. Although most pilchards were exported to Italy, they gained this reputation because they were often given to charities by rich people to better their image. Aside from that, the poor would often crowd around pilchard processing plants to beg for fish that did not pass quality control; called “pezacs”, these fish were compromised, too small, and generally not fit for export. Read full article here

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