Where to Find the Best Fish and Seafood across the North East
Straight from the boat and freshly shucked, we've sourced the finest fish and seafood from across the North East
Saltwater Fish Company
Inside Fenwick Food Hall, Saltwater Fish Company’s fish bar and fishmonger operate on a ‘we cook what we sell’ philosophy. Sample first hand the delicious seafood and fresh fish at the bar before visiting the fishmongers for expert advice. You’ll be spoilt for choice at their well-stocked counter filled with seasonal fish and shellfish, or ask the team to pick out something special and they’ll prepare it to your liking.
39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle NE1 7AS
Swallow Fish of Seahouses
Using the very same methods of smoking which were used in the same smokehouses in 1843, and using traditional oak sawdust, with no additives or colourings, the natural flavours of Swallow Fish’s seafood and kippers speak for themselves. As well as kippers, smoked salmon and haddock, you’ll find fresh, seasonal fish in the Seahouses shop.
2 South Street, Seahouses NE68 7RB
Home to an award-winning seafood deli with an incredible display of fresh, locally-caught and sustainable fish, shellfish and smoked seafood, what you’ll find here depends on each daily catch, including cod, monkfish, seabass, crabs, lobster and mussels. Look out for their roast smoked salmon which is soaked in a secret brine recipe for an hour before being smoked and cooked for 36 hours to ensure its famous flavour. Visit the deli in Whitburn to shop, or stop by The Hatch takeaway for a taste of what you can buy next door.
Shell Hill, Bents Road, Whitburn SR6 7NT
0191 529 2200
L Robson & Sons
Now in their fourth generation, this family-business has been specialising in traditional method, oak-smoked kippering for more than 130 years. Hanging the fish in the original smokehouses and curing them above fires made from heaps of whitewood shavings and oak sawdust for 12 to 16 hours gives Craster Kippers their famous golden-brown colour. Visit the fish shop next door to the smokehouses for a variety of fresh fish and seafood, or shop online and get your kippers delivered straight to your door.
Haven Hill, Craster NE66 3TR
Located on North Shields’ Fish Quay, the team at Phil’s Plaice work closely with local fishermen to bring customers the freshest fish and seafood. Promising a Quay to counter service in under 10 minutes, expect everything from local crab and whole fish to a range of frozen seafood. Phil’s Plaice offers more than 30 different fresh fish and seafood, selected daily from the North Shields Quaysides and if you’re not sure what to choose, the team can advise and prepare the daily catch to your liking.
3 Cliffords Fort, North Shields NE30 1JE
0191 257 1555
Available all year round, Lindisfarne Oysters begin life in a hatchery at the size of a thumbnail and are transferred to the oyster beds in the sea just off the island where they can take up to four years to reach maturity. Order 12 to 200 oysters and they will be plucked from the sea, purified and packed into chilled boxes before being delivered straight to your door. Best enjoyed raw, serve your oysters on the half shell with a drizzle of lemon juice and black pepper.
The Berwick Shellfish Co.
Situated close to the banks of the River Tweed and North Sea, The Berwick Shellfish Co. family business was established in 1969 and they take pride in supplying fresh seafood and fish. As well as prawns, salmon, scallops, oysters and squid, they have a range of frozen products and hampers perfect for gifting. Our recommendation? Try one of their seafood platters loaded with dressed lobster, crab, langoustines, cooked crevettes, crayfish tails, salmon and homemade seafood sauce.
Dock Road, Berwick TD15 2BE
Creel Fish Club
This fish box scheme from Northumberland Seafood allows you to enjoy quality, fresh and locally sourced, seasonal fish and seafood on a weekly or monthly basis. The scheme introduces customers to new types of fish and seafood whilst reducing the strain on overfished stocks. Simply decide the size of your box and how often you want to receive your fish, and collect from a convenient location – it couldn’t be easier.
Ridley’s Fish and Game
Specialist producers of top quality, fresh fish and seafood, this family-run businesses was established in 1991 and has been recommended by cooking legend Rick Stein. It’s worth checking that their Acomb shop is open before you visit as Ridley’s travel across the North East attending lots of local markets. You’ll find everything from salmon, mussels and lemon sole to more exotic fish like swordfish and red snapper – plus they have poultry, wild game and tasty homemade foods here.
Unit 15 Acomb Indsutrial Estate, Hexham NE46 4SA
This newly opened fishmongers has already become popular with locals in Low Fell for its fabulous selection of fresh produce. Daily specials such as salmon and dill pâté, king prawn skewers and luxury cod fishcakes sit in the counter alongside wet fish, Whitby kippers and Scottish salmon. They also offer seafood platters and there are live crab and lobster tanks where you can take your pick of shellfish – you don’t get much fresher than that.
513 Durham Road, Low Fell NE9 5EY
0191 432 6444
Established in 1916, this renowned family-business has a team of filleters who will skin, scale, steak and pin-bone any fish to your requirements. Their selection of the finest seafood varies according to what’s in season, including rainbow trout, lobster, cod, scallops and oysters. As well as their stores in Hartlepool, Yarm, Durham and Sedgefield, Hodgson Fish supply some of the finest restaurants and hotels across the region.
Hartlepool, Yarm, Durham and Sedgefield
The Fish Quay Shop
This independent family business has built a fantastic reputation for supplying quality fresh fish and seafood to top restaurants and hotels in the local area. Customers can stop by their Sunderland shop to browse the range of fish and seafood which includes the likes of pink bream, scallops, tuna, mussels and crab. You’ll also find smoked cod and haddock, hot salmon and kippers in their well-stocked counter.
Low Street, Sunderland Fish Quay, Sunderland SR1 2JR
0191 510 0716