Christmas came early!!! After 2 years of wanting to check out Billingsgate Fish Market, I worked a day off over the Christmas break and talked my husband into going with me. And though it was a bit early, I am so glad I did.
If you are thinking of going, there are things to keep in mind.
1) The market
is industrial and caters to commercial shoppers. Bear this in mind with your attire and wear wellies if you have them.
2) Shoppers must arrive very early. It opens at 4:00 and closes at 9:30 but the earlier you to, the better the selection. (Market is closed on Sunday and Monday)
3) Shoppers must take cash.
4) If parking on site, take £2 coins for a pay and display ticket.
5) Decide what you want before arriving but be flexible for other items on offer.
6) Take strong plastic bags and a large plastic container for your purchases. You will need this whether on public transportation or in your own vehicle.
7) If you want to take photos, complete the form on the main Billingsgate site and receive a permit.
I could have walked around all morning but after a few loops, I knew I wanted salmon and prawns so I did not want to torture my husband any more than I had already done. For the price, I could not pass up as much as would fit in my refrigerator and freezer. Though I only planned on 1 salmon filet, I actually went for 2 – oops! (£8/kg)!!
I ended up with some scallops too but that was just a bonus. I will be blogging about them all very soon.
If you can handle a 3 am wake-up call, I definitely recommend going!
My experience may not be replicated but the prices of the items I left with are below.
– Salmon filet (skin-on) – £8/kg
– Scallops – £10/kg (These were broken.) Whole scallops were a steal at £24/kg.
– Prawns – 3 kg for £22 or £10 for 1 kg,
Salmon, scallop and prawn recipes to follow….
Please let me know if you have been to Billingsgate and what tips you might have. Looking forward to my next visit but until then, some of my favourite memories were on the drive to and from the market through London.
On the drive…