Dan The Fish Man

See me at Appledore Quay every Wednesday

I will now be at Appledore Quay, outside Johns store, every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm, April to September, starting tomorrow 4 April. It will the perfect chance for you to stock up on the very best in wet fish and shellfish.

Appledore is at the heart of our local fishing. I always love my time there, chatting  with the fishermen who ply the seas around Devon, bringing home the fine fish and seafood we all enjoy so much. I'm proud to be working with them, and helping to make our industry the very best.

I look forward to greeting customers and friends old and new!

Easter News – South Molton, Tavistock and Lobsters

Well, it's a huge relief winter's out of the way – we hope! I have to confess I didn't enjoy the early morning plodding journeys through snow and slush to reach my weekly markets. But today was sunny, and I'm hoping spring is now well on the way. And it's Easter this weekend and the clocks have gone forward – which always puts a spring in my step.

You won't see me on my barrow in North Street, Bideford this Good Friday. But if you're hoping to buy fresh fish and seafood for the Easter holiday you can catch me on Maundy Thursday (that's this Thursday if you've forgotten your Christian holy days!) at South Molton market.

I'm off to Tavistock for an extra market on Easter Saturday. Tavistock is turning out to be a great success for me, and I'm building a following of loyal, enthusiastic customers who expect the very best in fish cuisine. They're a terrific crowd, and I love talking fish with them at my stall. Last week at Tavistock I enjoyed my best day of the year. So, thank you, Tavistock!

First of the season lobsters

Our Devon inshore fishermen have been out tending their creels over the past few months and they're starting to land the first lobsters of the year – always an exciting time for anyone who enjoys fine seafood. I'll be pleased to take your orders at Tavistock, and to pass on some mouthwatering ways of cooking lobster - it's all part of my mission to 'bring the coast to the country'.

A sincere thank you to all my regular customers and friends across the West Country. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

A winter treat

Here's a winter treat to warm the cockles: a red gurnard poached in noilly prat, the finest French vermouth. Yum yum! Come and chat to me on my barrow and I'll give you the full recipe. It's delicious!

The last few days ...

Christmas is fast approaching, and don't I know it! Early starts, lots of driving on dodgy winter roads, and then busy and bustling days manning my barrow.

The last few days before Christmas will see me at Hatherleigh Market next Tuesday, South Molton Market on Thursday, then Bideford, Mill Street on Friday.

On Saturday the 23rd my hard-working team and I will be at the Farmers' Market in Tavistock, and at The Big Sheep Christmas Market. We're all looking forward to seeing you.

And when that's all over I'll actually be able to enjoy a brief rest over Christmas (unlike our Devon farmer friends!). Then it's back to the grindstone in the second week of January.

Happy Fishmas to you all!

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