Get to know your local fishmonger in Easton – the third generation Tovey’s seafood on Stapleton Road
Tovey’s Seafood Ltd, 198-200 Stapleton Road, Bristol BS5 0NY
tel: 0117 951 0987
Tovey’s Seafood is a third generation family business started in 1935 by William Tovey on Easton Road in Bristol, before moving to its current site on Stapleton Road in 1962. From here the business has grown and changed in the products that are sold, with more exotic fish brought in from around the world including snapper, parrot fish, grouper, tuna, tiger prawns and more; as well as the traditional family favourites like cod, plaice, smoked haddock, trout and mackerel. There is a large selection of shellfish to choose from including cockles, mussels and oysters. And, in the frozen sections you can find a good selection of prawns, shellfish, fish steaks and exotic pangasius and tilapia, along with a small selection of game and poultry.
After a fire at the Stapleton Road shop in 2010, Tovey’s Seafood reopened having undergone a complete refit to include more freezers to display even more seafood for customers to choose from and a bigger display area for fresh fish brought in daily.
Tovey’s buy seafood from all around the UK: from the Shetland Island down to Newlyn in Cornwall. Most of the fish markets are in the fishing ports and larger buyers on site sell on to traders like Tovey’s. Fish and other seafood is also seasonal so what Tovey’s buy from where depends on the time of year. For example September is the best time of year to buy UK mackerel and lemon sole.
Tovey’s encourage their customers are to ask the staff for advice on what fish to buy and how to cook it. They also supply trade customers – restaurants, bars and hotels may take advantage of their trade-only delivery service in the Bristol area. A total of 10 staff work for the business and they all do a range of jobs from driving and delivery to serving customers over the counter.
What should people in Bristol know about the independent seafood traders?
‘We try to offer a big selection and deal direct with customers. We buy on a daily price and we can buy independently from any UK fish market. We don’t force suppliers at the ports to stick to a price like the supermarkets do. Our fish is delivered overnight on a daily basis’.