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Steve Hatt

Shopping, Specialist food and drink Islington
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

There’s nothing new to report about Steve Hatt: just expect first class fresh fish from this long-established fishmonger and you won’t be disappointed. A wet fish display stretching along the wide front window affords queuing customers plenty of opportunity to check out what’s available and, once you’ve made your selection, you can have your fish skinned, boned and filleted on request. Labels highlight deals, such as sea trout ‘lowest price of the season’. Expect prime examples of wild Scottish halibut, bluefin tuna, gilt head bream, prawns, scallops and fresh samphire. Frozen fish is available, but extras are kept to a minimum.



Address: 88-90 Essex Road
N1 8LU
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Opening hours: Open 8am-5pm Tue-Thur; 7am-5pm Fri, Sat
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Users say (4)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:2
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Great service and knowledgeable staff, excellent quality seafood. I never had any complaints at all about the quality. The prices are good value for money given what you're getting which is a cut above most supermarket fish.

It's not all rosy with Steve Hatt. I bought eight skate wings for a special dinner that same evening. When I opened the pack the skate wings smelt strongly of ammonia - sure sign that the fish is old. Had to abandon the dinner. Took the fish back and Steve just said casually "Do you want a replacement?" No apology. Recently gave him another try, mainly because of the consistently good reviews, and he sold me some tired halibut fillet - not nearly as good quality as Waitrose - and two kippers that were woolly-textured and so unpleasant tasting that we found them inedible. I won't use Steve Hatt again. Expensive and unreliable quality doesn't do it for me.

Excellent fishmonger. Was sad as in the UK fish stalls in supermarkets are selling the same variety of fish all year round. At Steve Hatt, the fish and shellfish selection depends on the season. Everything is fresh. A lot of fish suitable for sushi/sashimi. Boys are very helpful as well. Would recommend it. Very good value for money. The only thing is that it is closed on sundays so you need to go very early on Saturday to have the best pieces!

Absolutely APPALLING!!! My partner went there to get some seafood, once back home, which was only 20 minutes after (outside temperature was of 2 degrees) as she opened the bag she was hit with a literally death like odour. When i myself try to smell it i almost puke, this is how intense it was!! Now the worst part of the story is yet to come. She decided to bring this decaying seafood back to the shop and have her money back. She didn't want to make a scene about it so she actually waited for the last customer to leave the shop. So when she very politely explained the situation the staff reacted in an EXTREMELY RUDE manner pretending there was nothing wrong with his products and that the smell was absolutely normal because it was "live seafood"... After a big ridiculous scene about it she eventually managed to get her money back. We are seafood lover, we eat it every week and we do know what it should smell like, I myself was raised on a mediterranean regime. This was not slightly over, it was completely rotten! Having that kind of merchandise in the shop along with al the rest of the products is a real hazard to public health. Don't go there

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