The Fish Shop Camberley

Hooray! The Cornish Lobster season has officially started…

Yes, it’s official! The pots have been out and are filling up nicely and today we received our first delivery of Andrew’s fabulous Native lobsters. The weather was a little challenging on Monday, but he managed to pull in a few pots and the little beauties arrived with us this morning.

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Andrew fishes out of Newlyn in Cornwall and he’ll be sending us his lobsters throughout the season. Some of you met him a few weeks ago when he spent the day on the shop with his lovely wife, Sally. He really loves what he does and we’re very privileged to be able to get hold of his lobsters – they are extremely sought after

 

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Seasonality is crucial to enjoying great food; when it really is at it’s best for both quality and price, so make the most of the native lobster season and enjoy the outstanding  flavour and texture you only get from British lobsters

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If you’d like to hear more from Andrew you can follow him on twitter @Cornish_lobster

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And, for those of you who love a Thermidor. Chef Jon Fell has produced a very simple step by step video – link below. We’ll prepare the lobster, you just have to knock up the sauce and enjoy!

Jon’s Lobster Thermidor

 

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Yes, we will be open on Good Friday…

Easter week is pretty much the busiest week of the year for fishmongers, and we will be open from 7:30am until 4pm on Good Friday,  the biggest of all #FishFridays, with lots of spectacularly fresh fish for your Easter requirements

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Our fishermen are gearing up for a busy week and will be making sure there’s plenty of fish available  for Good Friday. The weather’s looking good and should mean there’s a great selection of fish and shellfish

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Last Saturday was another sell out and the quality of the fish we were handling was exceptional; our suppliers are really looking after us with prime quality, seriously fresh seafood which is a real pleasure to prepare

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We’re getting into Native Lobster season now, so will be moving to British from tomorrow. There aren’t many around yet, but the volumes will increase as we move towards the warmer weather. There really is no comparison, and its very exciting to get back to our wonderful lobsters pot caught of the South West. Many of you enjoyed talking to Andrew last Friday, and it was really wonderful to have him in the shop, there was a fabulous atmosphere all day – a real buzz

 

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So for Easter we’re hoping for a full house with lots of variety and amazing quality. If you’re after something specific, as ever, we recommend you give us a call on 01276 66618 and pop an order in the book, otherwise just pop in and see what takes your fancy on the day

Sue x

 

 

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A date for your diary – Meet Andrew our Lobster Fisherman

Andrew Stevens, our Cornish lobster fisherman, is coming to meet our customers on Friday 18th March at 10:30am and hopefully will be bringing the very first of the season native lobsters with him

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The Cornish lobstermen usually start to drop their pots at the end of March, but Andrew has put a few strings in the water in the hope that he catches some early lobsters, and can bring them up with him to Camberley

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Last year Andrew supplied most of our Native lobsters throughout the season, and is really keen to meet with our customers and have a chat about what he does. We’ve told him how fabulous you are, and how much you all appreciate our fishermen, and he can’t wait to spend a few hours in the fish shop

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Andrew fishes from his tiny one man boat out of Newlyn, with two other very passionate, dedicated fishermen who own a small cooperative called Drecky Fish. They don’t land to market, but deliver directly to their customers and we are very lucky to be able to get some of their stunning catch. As well as lobsters, they catch mackerel, Pollack, red and grey mullet and some cod. Andrew was responsible for catching ‘that red mullet’ last year – a superb specimen that we managed to get hold of, and was the envy of many fishmongers. It lasted a whole 10 minutes on the counter before it was snapped up by a very happy customer!

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If you’re free on Friday 18th, please pop along and have a chat with Andrew, he’ll be absolutely delighted to meet you

 

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Say it with seafood…

If you’re trying to decide what on earth to cook for your Valentine this weekend, why not chose some beautiful seafood. It’s so quick and easy and looks really impressive – and we’ve got a great selection coming in tomorrow for all you romantics out there…

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Shellfish is a very popular treat at this time of year. We’ll have the pot on early to get all our lobsters and crabs cooked, and we’ll have live available as well if you’d like to cook them yourself.

Fabulous chef John Fell has produced a really easy to follow step by step video for Lobster Thermidor. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious – link below…

John’s Thermidor Recipe

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Large Tiger Prawns can be simply split and brushed with garlic and herb marinade, then popped under the grill for a few minutes. Our scallops are being delivered from Devon, and we’ll have clams and mussels as well

Oysters, that well known aphrodisiac, are particularly good and we have Maldons and River Teign available tomorrow. Maldons, from the Blackwater Estuary have a very distinctive flavour due to the salt marshes they are grown in and are really plump and delicious. River Teign in Devon produce a more rich, creamy oyster, which is proving really popular with our customers. We can ‘pop’ the hinges for you if you’re eating them on the day, or we’ll give you a quick masterclass in the shop to show you how to open them yourselves


The weather hasn’t hampered the fishing effort as much as we feared this week and tomorrow’s counter will be heaving with stunningly fresh day boat fish

Anything red is always a winner on Valentine’s Day and our lovely red mullet are on their way up from Brixham. Caught by the fishing boat, the Emily Rose, they are sure to very popular on Sunday evening. We’ve also got Turbot, Brill, John Dory, Halibut, Lemons and Dovers arriving in the morning, and we’ll have our usual great selection on the counter

If you’re going for simple, it’s got to be good, and there’s nothing better than our Sashimi Grade Yellowfin Tuna Loin. We will cut it to any thickness, and it’s so easy to prepare – simply sear on the outside and serve with a delicious dressing – it couldn’t be easier.

Our favourite ‘drizzle’ is super simple – some dark soy sauce, add some runny honey until it gets to the sweetness level you like, grate in some ginger, add a bit of finely chopped red chilli and a some torn coriander. Brush the tuna with a little oil. Put a heavy based pan or griddle on high heat and allow to get really hot. Once hot, pop the tuna steak in the pan, wait for the ‘cooked’ colour to move up the steak about 1-2mm, then turn the tuna – it only takes a minute or so! When you’ve turned the tuna, throw in the marinade, allow the tuna to cook on the second side and remove from the pan. Give the marinade another few seconds, then drizzle over the tuna. Make sure you have your wine poured and everything ready, and simply serve with a few leaves – tasty and delicious, just what you need to impress

And finally, if you’re searching for a ‘last minute’ gift, for that extra special person in your life, we’ve had another delivery of Kings Caviar this week. Ridiculously indulgent, but very well received

As ever, you don’t have to wake up at silly o’clock to make sure you get your first choice. If you know what you’d like give us a call on 01276 66618 and we will reserve your order for you to collect later in the day xx

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Horrid Henry’s causing havoc

We’re now on our 8th named storm of the season and Henry seems to have had the biggest impact on the fishing effort so far

It’s been a tough week for our fishermen and winds around the UK are causing havoc and hampering the fishing effort. I’m quite surprised by the amount of fish that’s been available and the vessels that are making it out are bringing us some spectacularly good quality fish.

There hasn’t been a mackerel boat on the water for 3 days, and at the start of the week the selection was a little limited, with some species unavailable but we’re seeing more fish every day and this weekends looking great as the fishermen do everything they can to get out on the water to bring us their catch.

Hake continues to be our most popular fish and Alan’s first haul of the week has arrived in Camberley – outstanding quality as usual

We’ve got some lovely ‘2 person’ Brill and Turbot coming in and lots of very nice Red Mullet, Dovers, Lemons and Megrim, which if you’ve never tried are well worth a go. They’re delicious cooked whole, simply trimmed or we can fillet them for you

Shellfish is still proving to be a big hit with customers. Feedback on our Devon Mussels from Teignmouth has been great – they’re super plump and delicious and really hardy. For many they’re the ‘best they’ve ever eaten’, praise indeed!!

And we’ve got lots more Live Scottish Langos heading down for the weekend. These lively little beasts are absolutely stunning, but be careful, they’ve got a real nip if they manage to grab hold of your finger

Don’t feel like cooking?  Our little kitchen will be super busy making lots of our very popular fish pies and fishcakes for the weekend.

As ever, if you know what you want give us a call on 01276 66618 and we can hold it for you or simply pop in and chose whatever takes your fancy on the day.

xx

 

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36 thoughts on “The Fish Shop Camberley”

  1. My husband and i so enjoyed meeting Andrew and his wife Sally today. The atmosphere in the shop was amazing . The lobster was delicious. Look forward to trying more of your wonderful fish soon.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. We were so lucky to have Andrew and Sally with us today. There definitely was a real buzz in the shop. Delighted that you enjoyed your lobster, we’ll have lots more once the season gets underway and Andrew has promised to come back for a weekend in the summer

  2. What an unexpected find! Good selection, good service and good quality. And excellent fish-cakes. I do hope it all goes well for you.

    1. Thank you Jon! We’re really pleased that you enjoyed your visit to The Fish Shop and delighted you like our fishcakes. Many thanks and kind regards

      Sue

  3. Have just placed our first order (rainbow trout for Christmas Eve). We were most impressed by the welcoming staff and the advice provided on fish type and size. Look forward to our first tasting and hope to join the band of regular customers.

  4. Hi all, still reeling from the enthusiasm you guys injected me with last night on the Fish Workshop. Thank you so much for a fabulous fishy experience. We did so much more than I imagined, great instruction, great motivation and tons of good info. See you soon all, Josie

  5. Good morning Sue, just a quick note on your web site, looks great we are just leaving the fishing grounds now 11pm monday have hake aboard for sale in Newlyn wed morning, keep up the great work all best Alan and Crew Ajax PZ36

  6. Hi Sue. Looking for something special for Christmas lunch. My sister and I don’t eat meat so I’d like something that I can easily cook alongside the stuff for everyone else. Turbot? Is that seasonal? Others suggestions please

    1. Hi Becky, Turbot would be lovely, or a Wild Bass would also be a really delicious treat for Christmas. You could maybe do something indulgent like a Lobster Thermidor, or a simple but fabulous roasted loin of Cornish Hake (I had hake on Saturday at Rick Stein’s in Winchester and it was really delicious with a rich mushroom sauce) Give me a call on 01276 66618 when you have a chance and we can talk through some options.

  7. As I said when I phoned up earlier, the large fillet of cod we bought from you was sensational, even though I had frozen it, it was still delicious with great texture.

    1. Hi Andy, we’re so pleased you enjoyed your cod, and appreciate your lovely comments. It was Cornish fish, supplied directly from Newlyn fish market and we’re so proud to have such a fresh, delicious product on our slab x

  8. Sue, Duncan and Jasmine came to the Camberley WI along with their fish and gave a fantastic talk and demonstration on how to fillet fish. Sue also told us about all the fish and where it comes from and about herself and family. I now know why it is called “Passionate about fish”.

    1. Hi Jackie, thanks for the lovely comments, we really enjoyed the evening! It was great to see so many of our customers and have the opportunity to explain what we’re all about x

  9. Just wanted to say how helpful Sue is. We are having a Seafood party on Saturday ,some great advice given and a very friendly service. Thank you

    1. Thanks Claire! That’s lovely of you. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. We’ll have everything ready for you x

  10. Have just added hake to the list of fresh fish bought from you. Wow!!! Will probably never eat fish out again ! The fish we have had from you has been exceptional . Thank you

    1. Hi Julia, thanks so much for the lovely comments! Our hake was caught by Alan & crew on the Ajax, out of Newlyn and is hugely popular. It’s such a delicious fish, and the quality of Alan’s catch is always exceptional. If you tweet at all, he’s @Ajax_Hake and does enjoy seeing the finished results!!

  11. hi sue i came in today for some tuna and fish pie mix. i asked about fish stock, will you have some on Saturday if so can you put one a side for me i’ll be in Saturday afternoon. many thanks

  12. Thanks for the wonderful salmon we bought from you yesterday. Had friends over for a dinner party last night. It was delicious (and not just because of my cooking…). We think what you have is a real gem, and just down the road. We will certainly be buying all our seafood from you in the future.

    1. Hi Daryl, we’re really delighted that you’re salmon was a success! Thanks for your lovely comments, and we look forward to seeing you again soon x

  13. We live down the road from your shop and have passed it several times with out coming in. On Saturday we decided it was time to have a look. I love shellfish and Tina is a lover of Italian food and a great cook (although a vegetarian she prepares and cooks meat and fish for me).She had promised me a pasta clam dish, one of my favourites.
    What an absolute gem your shop is! Friendly and knowledgable staff who obviously care about the products they sell and the customers they sell them to. We bought fresh clams and some pasta! We both love to cook although my skill level is poorer than Tina’s so we have signed up to one of your fish course in May. We can’t wait.
    I had a fantastic clam dish (thanks Tina) last night.
    Your shop is a revalation
    Thank you
    Stuart

    1. Hi Stuart, thanks so much for your lovely comments, we’re so pleased you enjoyed your visit. The clams are fabulous, Jasmine cooked some for us last week, and the’re back on the menu for Wednesday night. Sorry, I didn’t get the chance to speak to you when you came in, I was aware of the fish workshop conversation, but was tied up with other customers – looking forward to welcoming you to the art of fishmongery in May :)

  14. Had fresh scallops in their shells bought yesterday. The most amazing flavour. Easy to cookBest thing we have eaten for months Great store very friendly and helpful. We are so excited to find you on the doorstep

    1. Hi Faie, Thanks so much for taking the time to post your comments, we’re delighted you were happy with your scallops. We had some last weekend too, I just couldn’t resist them, and have to agree, they were pretty special! Hope to see you again soon, Sue x

  15. Hi there, great to have you back. I used to be a regular when you had your first shop in Camberley and also when you moved sadly, too briefly to your last one there.
    I have been buying my fish online from Cornwall!! Not very economic when you are a single pensioner living alone!
    I have yet to visit your Frimly Road establishment but as I live only half a mile away it won’t be long.
    Does one park on the pavement (I have a blue badge) as walking any distance is not my strong suit?
    Also can I pre-order online, I didn’t see anything on your website, or do I ring on the day to see what is available?
    I am particularly keen to get hold of A:Winkles and B: Huss/dog fish/Rock salmon. I have only managed to get the latter at the Mariners in Basingstoke Covered in batter) I believe there is or was an embargo on it.
    Excuse the diatribe its just great to herald your return. Here’s hoping you have sufficient customers to support you this time.
    Kind regards,
    Mr David Rowe.

    1. Hi David, thanks for getting in touch and we’re delighted to be back! Camberley certainly seems to have missed a fishmonger and we are extremely busy, which is fabulous…

      You are more than welcome to park at the side of the shop. You’ll notice a wide driveway on the right hand side, as you’re looking in, and we own that, so please feel free to pop your car there whenever you are visiting. There is a bit of a pothole by the wall on the right, so just mind your footing!

      We don’t put the rage on our website as it changes every day with prices and availability, we do get a wide range of species, and our focus is on premium quality, fresh, seasonal fish which we mainly source from Newlyn in Cornwall. You’re very welcome to call either in the morning, or around 11am the day before as I will know what I have managed to get from Newlyn fish market by then. It is purchased on the market and then delivered overnight, arriving in the shop at around 4am.

      We usually have winkles. I buy them live and cook them in the shop. We also carry a stock of ones we have cooked and frozen, to make sure we have them available. I also do get dogfish from time to time, but only when the quality is exceptional.

      Pease let me know if I can be of further assistance. Our phone number is 01276 66618 if you want to give me a call,

      Kindest regards

      Sue

    1. Hello, thanks for getting in touch and I’m so sorry for the delay in responding, I’ve been having ‘admin troubles’!

      Yes, we sell whole crab. We get them delivered live and cook them in the shop. We also stock brown shrimps – at the moment we only sell peeled, but we can also get them whole. You can always call up and place an order, I just need a few day’s notice. And… we always have cockles, they’re one of our most popular products. If you need any further info, please give me a call on 01276 66618

      Kind regards

      Sue

    1. Hello,

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for your message and so sorry for the delay in responding to your message. The website is new and improved and I’ve had a bit of an admin nightmare, so this has slipped through the net. Totally my fault, but I think I’ve got to grips with it now.

      Yes we do sell Arbroath Smokies, we have them most days but do occasionally run out – its a good idea to give us a call a day or so before you want them to make sure we’re not waiting for another delivery. We get them directly from Iain Spinks at The Original Smokie Company and they are really delicious – the smell is like bonfire night! They cost £14.95kg and the weights vary, but the ones we have at the moment work out at roughly £6 a pair

      Kind regards

      Sue

  16. Do you sell red mullet and Tilappia ? I know the latter is farmed in this country but not certain about the Red Mullet. Would love to come and buy both.

    1. Hi Maralyn. We do sell red mulletwhenever it’s available and we’ve actually got some coming in tomorrow, fresh from Newlyn, Cornwall. We don’t sell tilapia as we mainly focus on wild capture British species with a few premium exceptions like tuna and long prawns, Sue

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