Both my dad and I planned to buy flowers for my Mum's birthday. I went to Marks & Spencers; he went to a fish stall. Only one of us came back with flowers. Still, it worked out for the best. Mum is able to smell my long stemmed roses and able to eat Dad's shellfish.
The whole family love shellfish, and we buy it regularly from the supermarket, but it is just so expensive. A few months ago, the price on prawns went up, and we stopped buying it for a while. Dad then mentioned that there was a fish stall a few roads down that he fancied checking out so he could compare the prices. We took a trip down to Mitcham's Church Road last month, but the place was closed over the Christmas period. Lucky for us, it re-opened again, the day before Mum's birthday.
The fish stall is called The Kipper Brothers, and they are open Thursday - Sunday between 11am-8pm, selling 'the finest jellied eels, fish and shellfish'. The stall sells their stock in large quantities, so up front you end up getting a much better deal than at the supermarket. At Sainsbury's, 200g of cooked peeled prawns are £2.99 or 400g for £5, and that is just their standard range. Add another £1 for 'Taste The Difference'. At The Kipper Brothers, however, a 1kg tub of cooked peeled prawns in brine is £8, less than a pound per hundred grams. As they are in brine, they are rather salty, and I would recommend rinsing them first.
Not only are the prices better, but so is the variety. For example, you have a choice of fresh New Zealand in vinegar or Chilean mussels cooked in brine. You can also get them frozen with the shell still on or you can even buy live mussels when they are in season. The mussels Dad bought were the biggest I've ever seen, but unfortunately rather bland. You wouldn't want them on their own, but dressed in vinegar or cooked in a stir fry, I'm sure they would go down well.
Aside from the types of sea and shellfish that you can buy from the supermarket, The Kipper Brothers range is much bigger. You can experience the sense of the seaside right in Mitcham with their jellied eels, oysters, and whelks & winkles. Then there are some fish I have never heard of before such as a South African fish called Panga, an Atlantic Wolfish, and Mahi Mahi, which although not consumed much in the UK, are popular in Australia, America, and the Caribbean.
They also do all your favourites like beer battered cod, fish fingers, tempura prawns, pie & mash, and vegetable spring rolls, along with marinated dishes such as mini rollmops with Feta, and pickled herring. Dad bought a 500g party pack tub of cockles in brine for £12, which were delicious.
If your feeling adventurous you can try some squid tubes, baby octopus, or garlic buttered snails.
Even if you don't live in the area, you can still buy from them as they do free home delivery. You can order by calling 07806 317037.