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Fishmonger vans driving local produce

NI Year of Food and Drink

Posted by Tourism NI

Published July 22, 2016


With our fresh, local produce central to the visitor experience and with many of our visitors choosing the self-catering option for their stays in Northern Ireland, advice from accommodation providers on where to access the best of our natural larders is becoming increasingly important. Welcome hampers packed with local breads and jams, cereals and yoghurts are now a common addition to the self-catering package however, for the more perishable goods, such as the excellent seafood provided by our pristine marine environment, on-the-ground knowledge and ease of access is essential.

Fishmonger vans driving local produce

George S. Cully and Son's fishmonger van

Enter the white fishmongers’ vans which for generations have left Northern Ireland’s fishing ports laden with top-quality local seafood to serve customers in county markets, through door-to-door sales and on ‘patches’ established over years and passed down through families. 

Many mobile fishmongers do not advertise and rely on word of mouth to drive sales and attract customers so having this knowledge for your guests – and your guesthouses – can only add benefit to your service.

These mobile fishmongers’ source seafood from the regular fish markets in Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie before bringing the best of local, seasonal seafood to a town or village near you.

Details of some of the bigger operators and the local markets they attend can be found below.

Jimmy Harris, a well-known local monger can be found selling great seafood at Lisburn Market on Tuesdays and Portadown Market on Fridays. You can contact him on +44 (0) 7834 321 973.

Fishmongers JP McVeigh source fantastic seafood from South Down and as well as having regular pitches in Coalisland, Warrenpoint and Castlewellan; can be found at Crossmaglen Market on the first and third Friday of each month. You can contact them on +44 (0) 28 4176 3451.

Silverfin Seafood Specialists, run by the McNabb family, have a fishmongers’ shop in Newry, Co. Down. Their wet fish stall and mobile seafood bar are also a common sight at events and markets across Northern Ireland. Silverfin can be found at Lisburn Market on a Tuesday, Larne Market on Wednesdays, Antrim Market on a Thursday, Dungannon Market every Friday and St George’s Market in Belfast and Ballymena Market on Saturdays. For more information, call into the Silverfin Fishmongers Shop at Unit 1, Greenbank Service Station, Warrenpoint Road, Newry BT34 2PF or check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SilverfinSeafoodSpecialists

Something Fishy’s vans are a well-known sight around Northern Ireland’s markets and fairs. You can find them at Larne Market on a Wednesday, Comber and Magherafelt Markets on a Thursday, Newtownards Market every Saturday and St George’s Market in Belfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can find out more on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/SomethingFishyNiLtd

Seafood processors and exporters, S&P Milligan of Ardglass also sell great seafood to the public at a number of markets around Northern Ireland. They can be found at Lisburn Market on Tuesdays, Ballynahinch Market on Thursdays, Cookstown and St George’s markets every Friday and at Ballymena Market on Saturdays. They can be contacted on +44 (0) 28 4484 1595 or by email on salesy@sp-milligan.co.uk.

George S. Cully and Son, run by David Cully supplies an impressive range of top-quality seafood at Bangor Market every Wednesday and at St George’s Market in Belfast every Friday. Check out their Facebook page for regular updates: www.facebook.com/George-SCully-Son-603150886398512

If you would like fish delivered to your door, mongers specialising in door-to-door sales operate around Northern Ireland. Contact your local market fishmonger and he may be able to recommend a supplier.

Fishmongers' details supplied by Seafish. For more information click here.


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