Best fishmonger: The Fish Plaice
Saturday 14 November 2009
I'm lucky to live in Brixham, Devon, home to some of the best seafood in the country. The fleet here is diverse, we have beam trawlers catching our valuable flatfish, potters, divers, netters and handliners and the market sees about 40 species of wonderful fish and shellfish everyday.
One of the buyers you will see there every morning, hovering over the best boxes of dayboat fish, is Bob Gibson, who runs The Fish Plaice in Paignton. He isn't buying for restaurants, shops or supermarkets, it's just for his wonderful fishmongers. His early-morning buying skill will be rewarded with a van full of the very best of the morning's auction; then it's off to the shop to be sold by his wife, Tracey, and son, Jordan.
Bob is a proper fishmonger, a real craftsman with a long history in this now very complicated world of buying the best sustainably caught species he can and preparing it for sale at a price his customers can afford. There are no fancy sauces, anchovies or canned tuna on sale here: this is a fishmonger as it should be, a man you can trust to buy the best fish he can and sell it to you with honesty, integrity and great skill – every community should have one.
1 Victoria Street, Paignton, Devon, 01803 526595
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