Common Carp is a common Christmas dish around Central Europe, but not around the rest of the world, including the UK. It is commonly bought alive, and only killed before actually preparing the dish (or in case of legal restrictions they are killed just before buying them in the shop)

Last Christmas I hoped I'll be able to find it somewhere, as there are a lot of Polish shops, and also because I read an article that in 2006 Sainsbury's did try to include it into their Christmas selections. Compared to this I only found an already dead iced one, after a lengthy search in major areas of London, and not because it was sold out, but because it was never on the menu.


  • Is it really illegal (as stated in the article) to fish fresh carp for eating purposes? Are there any licences that would allow it, and if yes places where you can fish them?
  • If not, are there places where you can defintiely get fresh carp around Christmas? Needing to pre-order it fine, but they should be fresh.
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    I hate carp.....
    – Karlson
    Mar 27, 2014 at 18:49
  • Don't know about the UK but in the US you can order one from the supermarket.
    – Karlson
    Mar 27, 2014 at 19:53
  • The article seems to say that you can fish freshwater carp, with a license. Your question seems to think the article says it's illegal. Am I missing something?
    – Flimzy
    Mar 27, 2014 at 20:29
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    The carp has protected status but an angler is allowed to kill two of the freshwater fish a day using a rod and line, and needs a £24 fishing licence -- Are you saying that you're permitted to kill the fish, but then not eat them?
    – Flimzy
    Mar 27, 2014 at 20:46
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    From the 2006: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-418488/…
    – Karlson
    May 21, 2014 at 1:17

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I am going to put a problem slightly on its head.

I can't find any supermarkets that advertise fresh carp except a reference in a Daily Mail article from 2006 but what I did find a fish farm that provides carp for stocking the ponds. From what I gather it's providing stock fish for angling clubs and various ponds but I am pretty sure you can discuss with them ordering fish for eating or if not find out who might be providing fish for food.

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