Customers say "Thank Cod" for new fishmonger in Cheltenham
SOMETHING fishy is afoot in Bath Road and shoppers say it's worth carping about.
Husband and wife team Simon and Jade Ho have opened their own independent fishmonger called Samphire, stocking fresh fish from seas off the British Isles and beyond.
They are offering seafood lovers a wide variety of creatures from the deep. by selling anything from plaice, haddock and mackerel to exotic grouper, snapper and parrot fish.
Customers can also net seafood and shellfish.
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Simon, 45, who used to run the Ruby Cantonese restaurant, in Suffolk Road, said it was high time the town had its own fishmonger.
"I used to get frustrated with the suppliers when I worked at the restaurant and I always wished the town had its own fishmonger," he said.
"When this shop became free, I jumped at the chance. I think Bath Road is a great location for us.
"There are lots of independent shops and I think customers here really know what they want.
"We are offering a great variety of fish, many of which are sourced from Cornwall and South Wales and it is coming in fresh four times a week so there will always be a great variety.
"It has already been busy since we opened and all our customers are saying how pleased they are to have their own fishmonger again."
Simon will be a familiar face for many people in Bath Road from his time at the restaurant, and his sister Vicky is helping out.
"We're catering for all tastes," he added. "We're selling fish you can't get in the supermarket. We will be selling fish whole or we can do the filleting right here.
"There are also freshly made sushi boxes which are great for lunch."
Shoppers are saying they are already hooked.
Stephanie Smith, who lives nearby, dropped in to pick up some mackerel yesterday.
She said: "I think it's wonderful to have our own fishmonger in Cheltenham again.
"We used to have several but, they closed down when the supermarkets came along. Now we've got one back I hope everyone gets behind it and does their shopping here. I certainly will."