Ilfracombe quayside fish shop launched
AFTER two years of hard work a new quayside wet fish shop has been landed for Ilfracombe and is now open for business. The fishmongers on the Cove side of the harbour is run by S&P Fish, whose owners the Wharton family operate two Ilfracombe trawlers and
AFTER two years of hard work a new quayside wet fish shop has been landed for Ilfracombe and is now open for business.
The fishmongers on the Cove side of the harbour is run by S&P Fish, whose owners the Wharton family operate two Ilfracombe trawlers and a potting boat.
Along with a wide range of fresh fish straight off the boat, owner Scott Wharton is planning to stock live lobster and crab too, with the shortest possible "seafood miles" in all of North Devon.
The new business can be found across the road from the lifeboat slipway and in addition to fresh fish and crustaceans, plus cockles, mussels and whelks, visitors can enjoy an outdoor seating area where drinks and light meals are served.
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'Fruits del la mer' are very much on the menu, which includes options such as a crab or prawn salad and even dressed lobster.
The shop is being run by Lee Burdis, who managed the S&P shop at Butchers Row in Barnstaple, together with Scott's son Danny.
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"Everything is up and running now," said Scott "and if I do say it myself, I think we have done a good job. It's been tastefully done and most people have commented on how clean and tidy it looks.
"We hope this will help start attracting a few more people to Ilfracombe. There's no fish shop in the town now, so it was very much needed.
"And from source to shop we can boast one of the shortest journeys anywhere, as it's no more than 50 yards from the boat!"
The harbour fish shop will be open six days a week and even for three or even five days a week during the winter months.
"A lot of people seem very keen on it and we hope they will continue to back it throughout the year," added Scott.
"The outdoor seating area has already proved quite successful, even in the few days we have been open.