Visit your local fishmonger for the best seasonal and sustainable catch in Devon
Visit Brixham Fish Market at 5am and you will see Stefan Suddock buying his daily haul at auction. What’s available depends on the daily catch but if you have a special request, Stefan will try and source it. His fresh produce is of excellent quality, and he will expertly fillet and prepare any fish for his customers.
Clearly passionate about his craft, and having worked for 17 years in the fishing industry, Stefan always dreamed of opening his own fishmongers. “It’s something I fell into by accident. I was working in a pub next to the fish market and got talking to a guy there. He gave me a job packing fish, and since then I’ve gone from job-to-job within the industry, until I finally opened my own fishmongers.”
Open from 9am–4.30pm Monday–Saturday.
Tel: 01803 853957
Uniquely for a delicatessen, the Fish Deli is, as the name suggests, all about fish. The local, seasonal catch is prepared exactly as the customer requests and recipes are available to encourage shoppers to try less familiar species. Round off your visit by browsing the cookware, gifts and cookbooks, or pick up some delicious olives and local wine to complement the fish.
Brixham Fish Box delivers great local fish, sustainably caught, straight to your door.
The team are passionate about food, where it comes from and how it tastes. Brixham Fish Box’s mission is to share the town’s world-class hauls around the UK, a lot of which also gets shipped abroad. Everything has been caught by local fishermen using sustainable fishing methods.
Brixham Fish Box selects a variety of the best seasonal fish and shellfish from the South Devon seas, and packs it to send to you. When your order arrives, you’ll find a local fishmonger has filleted and individually packed each item.
Located on the Brixham quayside, David Walker and Son are but a hop, skip and a jump from both the sea and the fish market. Where better to pick up Devon’s finest, freshest fish?
This independent traditional fishmonger is committed to providing fresh fish and shellfish of the highest standard.
You can shop its range of fresh fish and shellfish (all sourced from Brixham) online, and it will be delivered to your home anywhere within the UK. You can also buy smoked fish and items from its online deli such as fish pie, gravadlax, smoked salmon/crab pâté, or even Thai fish curry. The fishmonger shop is located in New Street in Honiton.
Known locally for providing customers with the freshest, most sustainable fish and shellfish caught direct from its own vessels, S & P Fish Shop, in Ilfracombe Harbour, ensures it keeps food miles from sea to plate to a minimum.
Its boats land a variety of freshly caught, seasonal fish and shellfish straight to the shop. There’s also a licensed café on the harbour serving fresh seafood platters and salads, so if you can’t wait to cook the produce at home, you can enjoy it straight away.
Gibson’s Plaice on Magdalen Road in Exeter sells award-winning fresh fish to local residents and catering outlets. All the sea fish is bought predominantly from the smaller day boats landing at Brixham Fish Market. Not only does this ensure the quality and freshness of the fish, it also keeps food miles to a minimum. It has a policy of buying line-caught fish, wherever possible, to support sustainable fishing.
If you’re unable to visit the shop, there’s a free home delivery service – either call or place an order online. Your fish will be delivered vacuum-packed to your door. This means it’s odour free and won’t leak, and it’s ready to go straight into your fridge (for up to three days) or freezer for easy storage.
A third-generation business, with the fourth generation currently in training and receiving the knowledge of over 90 years in the fish trade, Jacksons Fish in Newton Abbot is a retailer, wholesaler, smoker, processor and holder of live shellfish.
Being located near Brixham Fish Market, it offers, wherever possible, a wide range of sustainable species, which are endorsed by the Marine Stewardship Council. Buying the freshest fish from local day boats reduces food miles and carbon footprint. Line-caught fish is preferred, or from a vessel adhering to the Responsible Fishing Scheme. It also produces its own smoked fish (and game) range.
Getting to Brixham for a 6am start may seem daunting, but it’s well worth it to see the sheer scale of the catch going under the hammer, as well as the drama and action of the bidding. The £12.50 fee includes a market tour with an expert guide, as well as English breakfast and a donation to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.