The name’s a giveaway as to where this business started out. Originally a fish stall in old Covent Garden market, CGF has been trading on the current spot in Turnham Green for more than 20 years. Cod and haddock are sourced from Scandinavian waters where stocks are in better shape, and the fishmongers here try their best to choose line-caught where possible. Confident that their fish is fresh enough to eat raw, they also sell sushi paraphernalia including rice, nori seaweed and soy sauce. A range of smoked fish is also available.
|Venue name:||Covent Garden Fishmongers||Contact:|
37 Turnham Green Terrace
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-5.30pm Tue, Wed, Fri; 8am-5pm Tue, Sat.|
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I've been buying fish 3 or 4 times a week from this fishmongers since I moved to Turnham Green 9 months ago (including lots for sashimi for my wife who adores it). I have found the staff to be helpful and friendly and the fish has been very fresh. The location is fantastic for foodies because it sits opposite Macken Brothers (the butchers) and between Bayley and Sage (Deli) and Natoora (vegetables).
Today bought a whole grey mullet, asked the fishmonger if could have it butterflied. The fishmonger asked me if wanted the head kept on? Said yes. The backbone kept on? Yes, please. Once it was done, it was quickly wrapped up and put in a bag. When I went home, unwrapped the fish saw he had scooped out the cheeks, that is all the flesh taken off just left a completely hollowed out head, the most delicious part of the head was missing! Agree with the previous reviewer – the staff assume their customers know nothing about fish and go as far as surreptitiously taking off the tastiest parts for which the customer has already paid.
OK seafood / products, NOT OK attitude. When I tried to choose best-looking fish, by examining their eyes, the fishmonger was condescending and dismissive, saying "eyes mean nothing." He was clearly annoyed that I wasn't just accepting what he was handing out. Even if he disagrees with what most seafood experts advise consumers (look at the clarity of fish eyes to determine freshness), he should be gracious enough not to offend customers who are interested in quality and freshness. Not the type of customer service I want to experience when supporting local businesses.