In fact English man-about-town Samuel Pepys's diary records than an elegant dinner he thew in 1663 included a fricassee of rabbit and chickens, carp, lamb, pigeons, various pies and four lobsters..
Lobster was cooked either by roasting, boiling or by removing the meat from the shell and cooking it separately." ---Food in Early Modern Europe, Ken Albala [Greenwood Press: Westport CT] 2003 (p.
Boiled lobsters were served cold with dressing, not hot and "in the rough," as we are most likely to encounter them today.
198) "So the Romans who came to Britain [43 AD] and who lived within reach of the sea must have been very happy to enjoy the local seafhish...seafoods such as crab and lobster were taken. 21) "Lobster, crayfish and crab were greatly enjoyed [in mid-fifteenth century Britain], though they seldom reached the inland eater...
Crab and lobster were also boiled and eaten cold with vinegar, as were shrimps." (P. Lobsters, crabs, shrimps and prawns continued to be enjoyed." (p. Lobster, crabs, shrimps and prawns could be dressed in many ways, but the commonest was to boil them to eat cold.
After being simmered in a brine of water and Bay salt in a fish kettle, lobsters could either be eaten immediately, or kept as long as a quarter of a year, wrapped in brine-soaked rags and buried deep in sand." (p.
55) ---Food and Drink in Britain: From the Stone Age to the 19th Century, C.
It is very good, albeit somewhat complicated, to eat; simpler for the eventual diner if the cook minces the meat and forms it into cakes, as described in Apicius...
The lobster (Homarus Gammarus) is Greek askakos..., Latin astacus and elephantus; the latter name is seldom attested in classical texts but was certainly in use, since it survives in modern Italian dialects." ---Food in the Ancient World From A-Z, Andrew Dalby [Routledge: London] 2003 (p.In 1622 Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Plantation apologized to a new arrival of settlers that the only dish he "could presente their friends with was a lobster...without bread or anyhting else but a cupp of fair water." Lobsters in those days grew to a tremendous size, sometimes forty or more pounds...The taste for lobster developed rapidly in the nineteenth century, and commercial fisheries specializing in the crustacean were begun in Maine in the 1840s, thereby giving rise to the fame of the "Maine lobster," which was being shipped around the world a decade later.They were soon being cooked much the same way as their smaller European counterparts, in sauces for other fish, or as accompaniments to roasts...When not potting lobsters, baking them in pies or using them in sauces, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New England cooks were apt to stew or fricassee them...Anne Wilson [Academy Chicago: Chicago] 1991 "Lobster, much as today, was considered especially elegant and appropriate food for lovers, being an aphrodesiac.