Its a family affair - Harry Richardson and his partner Tina Sparsis have opened The Little Fish Market - a fabulous wet fish shop/delicatessen/cafe in Upper Market Street on the border of Hove and Brighton. The fish itself is beautifully displayed and very fresh - I had wondered how a cafe and fish shop could exist in the same space but it is true that fresh fish barely has any scent to it, and the delicious looking and reasonably priced cakes and freshly ground coffee are something I will be returning for.
To wet this baby's head [Tina is expecting another sort of baby in the next couple of weeks!] customers were treated to Cava with tiny blackcurrants floating in it - a refreshingly interesting take on a Kir Royale - and wonderful fish canapés. And of course once one has a glass of fizz in hand it would be rude not to sample the Rock Oysters with Harry's special marinade…
Fish and fishing is in Harry's blood - his delightful mother Celia used to make a living for the family fishing off Rye, and Harry recalls as a young lad selling mackerel door to door. He went on to be a chef specialising in seafood, and is now bringing his expertise to providing the city with the raw ingredients to make its own culinary masterpieces. He wil of course give you hints and tips on what is the best way to serve the best of the seasons catch, but if you'd rather you can sample some of the produce in the cafe.
Selling a varied range of fresh sustainably caught seafood that is ethically sourced from local and British waters, The Little Fish Market also stock the perfect accompaniment in wines and condiments. This includes a premier cru Olive oil grown by the Sparsis family for over 300 years, organically and traditionally grown interplanted with almond trees. [As Andreas, Tina's brother told me, this gives the oil a beautiful sweetness]. Family, tradition and fair trading [Harry says if you think he's charging you to much you can try haggling!] - lets hope this is a business which is appreciated by the city's residents and grows along with Harry and Tina's happy family. Go for a coffee and cake, or a taste of something fresh and fishy, get to know Harry and Tina, and do your fish shopping at the same time - you won't regret it!
The Little Fish Market is at 10 Upper Market Street Hove, BN1 3AS
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