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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
Catch the best fishmongers
Is this London's best Fishmonger? - well it's very good!
Location: 88-90 Essex Road, N1 8LU
Description: The Fishmonger is an endangered species. Indeed, people who shop at a fishmonger's are also a diminishing tribe. What sort of person, after all, thinks nothing of driving 30 miles to buy fish for a dinner party?
Well they would to this place!
'Steve Hatt', a fourth-generation fishmonger, is one a vanishing breed. In pursuit of freshness, he can give lessons to any early bird.
The back of the shop, which now houses modern crushed ice machinery, used to be the stable for the Hatts' horse, which pulled a cart between Essex Road and the old cobbled Billingsgate fish market in the City.
The shop incorporates a stygian-black, steel smokehouse, a tarred chimney high enough for Steve to disappear into when he's hanging salmon and haddock from the wooden and metal tenterhooks over the smouldering oak dust.
If you're this side of town and want a fishy supper (for fishy, see tasting like fish should do as opposed to smelly or suspicious!) then fishmongers Steve Hatt's is the place to go.
Chefs, foodies and trendy Islingtonites swear by the fresh, top quality produce that this family business has been supplying for four generations. No fancy advertising campaigns here; Steve Hatt's reputation precedes him by good old-fashioned word of mouth.
The selection of wet fish (try wild salmon or swordfish), smoked fish (haddock from their own smoke house) and shellfish (lobster, mussels, crab and more) will leave you spoilt for choice and, if your'e something of a whizz in the kitchen, you'll be getting excited about the gourmet feast you can prepare. Word has already got out north of the River about Steve Hatt's fabulous fish counter but it's worth getting in line; as one happy shopper so aptly put it, Steve Hatt makes Waitrose look line Captain Birdseye!
Above all this is a fantastic place to buy fodder from the sea!