All posts by Sue Lucas

We’re almost 2!

It’s been an absolute whirlwind and I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our second year

We opened our doors on 4th December 2014 with lots of excitement and equal amounts of trepidation, but never did I imagine we’d see so many wonderful customers or sell quite so much fish! It’s been an absolute delight and I can’t thank you all enough for making our business so special

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We’all be celebrating in style on Saturday 3rd December with canapés and fizz, so if you’re around please pop in and have a nibble on us

Sue x

 

 

2017 dates for fish workshops have now been released…

Our workshops have proved to be extremely popular and we’re fully booked for the rest of this year. We’ve finally released the dates for our first few courses for early 2017 – they do fill up fast, so get in touch if you’d like to secure a place

Friday 20th January 6:30pm – 9:30pm Fish preparation FULL

Friday 27th January 6:30pm – 9:30pm Fish Preparation FULL

Friday 10th February 6:30pm – 9:30pm Fish preparation FULL

Friday 3rd March 6:30pm – 9:30pm Fish preparation FULL

Friday 24th March 6:30pm – 9:30pm Fish preparation  FULL

Sunday 2nd April 11am – 2pm Fish preparation FULL

Friday 21st April 6:30pm – 9:30pm Fish Preparation FULL

Friday 5th May 6:30pm – 9:30pm Shellfish FULL

Friday 19th May 6:30 – 9:30pm Shellfish FULL

More dates are being added in the New Year…

Call us on 01276 66618 to make your booking

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We’ve been making the most of the summer…

There has been a definite ‘smokey-fish’ haze over Camberley for the last few weeks as customers enjoy all our lovely prepared seafood and make the most of alfresco dining

BBQ Counter

We’ve installed a brand new counter to accommodate all the fabulous marinated products that are proving to be so popular, and we’re so lucky that Charlotte joined the team last week, or we’d never have coped with the demand.

As ever, it’s always a good idea to give us a call or drop us an email to order products, as we do tend to sell out

Below are some of our most popular products to inspire you

BBQ Kebabs monk scallop salmonScallop & Chrorizo, Monk & Chorizo and Salmon with chilli, ginger and lemon


BBQ Prawn kebabs

King Prawn Skewers – garlic and herb or Piri Piri


BBQ Lobsters

Garlic and Herb Lobsters


BBQ Sardine PP

Piri Piri Cornish Sardine fillets


BBQ Bream whole

Herby whole Bream with samphire


Deli Counter

Crabs Galore!


Salmon wild

In Season – Wild Scottish Salmon


Sardines whole

First of the Season Cornish Sardines


Mackerel looking up

Beautiful line caught Cornish Mackerel


Sardine Fillets 2

Don’t like those pesky bones? Sardine fillets are perfect


Ray cheeks

Chunky Ray and Ray Cheeks


Oysters - maldons

Maldon Oysters


Crevettes 2

Cooked Crevettes


Crabs

Freshly cooked extra large Devon Cock Crabs


Hope to see you soon,

Sue x

 

Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters, oh… and it’s Turbot time!

June has finally arrived, a little damp and not particularly blooming yet, but its a very exciting month for us at The Fish Shop.

We’re now in to week two of our spectacular lobster event, and this week our excuse is that we’re celebrating our 18 month milestone. Our live or freshly boiled native Cornish lobsters are on all this week at the amazing price of £20/kg meaning that you can treat yourself to a delicious treat for as little as £10. We sold out very early last week, so its a good idea to get your orders in to avoid disappointment

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As many of you know we buy Andrew Stevens total catch and he’s been very busy pulling up his pots all week. We’ve got lots of lively lobsters including a huge 3k whopper and the lobster pot is running on overtime to keep up with demand.

Dressed lobster

Lobster whopper Jasmine lobster

As well as lobsters, we’re very excited that Turbot Season has now started. For the next few week there should be lots of superb, plump Turbot landed in Newlyn and we’ll be making the most of this very special fish.  Roasted whole, or filleted and pan-fried, Cornish Turbot is absolutely stunning and has the well deserved reputation of being one of the most prized fish caught off our coast

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Hope to see you soon, and remember, you can always phone in your orders to ensure you get everything you need – 01276 66618

Sue x

 

 

Our Cornish Lobsters are on Countryfile tonight…

If you tune in to Countryfile at 7pm tonight (15th May) on BBC1, you’ll see Anita Rani out with Andrew Stevens, Camberley’s favourite lobster fisherman, pulling  in some of his pots off the coast of Newlyn, Cornwall.

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The Countryfile team went out with Andrew and his fellow Dreckly Fisherman Louis on the Victoria Anne. It seems like they had a great day, with Anita actually helping to haul some of Andrew’s pots – who would have guessed that some of the lobsters enjoyed by our customers were in fact pulled out of the water by a Countryfile presenter.

As most of you already know, Andrew catches all our lobsters throughout the season, and we are really proud to be able to sell his catch. Many of you enjoyed his wonderful natives last year, and this year they are proving to be even more popular. We’re very lucky that he’s such an experienced fisherman or we might not be able to meet the demands of our lobster loving customers.

A few weeks ago he spent the day in the Fish Shop with his lovely wife Sally, talking about what he does and just enjoying seeing the way our customers really appreciate what fishermen have to do to get fish to the table. You were all so welcoming and he enjoyed it so much that he’s offered to come back for another visit very soon. We’ll keep you posted…

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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.

Lobsters in box

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

 

Lobster pots on boat

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

 

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

 

 

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

Andrew boat

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

 

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

 

This weeks selection…

Winter seems to have finally arrived and it’s a good job we’re busy or we’d certainly feel that icy wind howling through our brilliantly designed open fronted fish shop!

After those few lean days at the start of the New Year we’re now seeing a great selection of fish from the South West and the quality is, as ever, fantastic

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Plaice are currently ‘off the menu’ as they are in the middle of their spawning season, but the other ‘flatties’ are very much available. We’re seeing a lot of beautifully plump Brill, a firm favourite and great value this week at only £11.50kg. Turbot are also readily available, as are Dover Sole, Lemons and Megrim  We’ll have lots of our usual prime Cornish Cod, Hake and Haddock but we’re also seeing quite a few lovely little red mullet as well as John Dory and a some delicious black bream – so plenty to chose from

Megrim

Although not from our waters, there’s been a lot of publicity over the last few years around Skrei Cod. Its a very seasonal catch and is highly regarded by many top chefs. The season runs from January until April, when the mature cod return from the Barents Sea to their birthplace along the Norwegian coast to spawn. We’ve got some ‘first of the season’ fish this week and it’s proving to be very popular. The link below gives a little more information on this highly sought after delicacy

Seafood From Norway – Skrei Cod

Skrei Cod

And to top it off we’ve got plenty of premium shellfish arriving – Palourdes, razors and artemis clams, fat Devon mussels, super lively Scottish langos and our large cock crabs are still full and fabulous

Live crabs

 

Last week was another ‘sell out Saturday’, so if you’ve got an idea of what you’d like give us a call on 01276 66618 and we can make sure we keep it for you. Or, just turn up and see what takes your fancy

Sue x