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The Fishmarket

42 High Street - Benfleet - Essex - SS7 1NA
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The Fishmarket Shellfish & Oyster Bar is situated at the bottom end of Benfleet High Street; just two miles south of the A13 London Road and just a couple of minutes stroll from Benfleet main Railway station.

The simple pleasures in life are often the very best.  Quality fresh seafood ranks very high on my list.  Just a trickle of fresh lemon juice, a dollop of good quality mayonnaise and a large glass of chilled Chablis will be all you require to turn the wonderful bounties of the sea into a gourmet banquet.

I remember as a young girl trudging off to Leigh-on-Sea with the family to explore the estuary, get knee deep in mud and buy some fresh shellfish from the sheds for our supper. Once home we would all help break through the natural armour of fresh crab, a pint or two of whole prawns and feast upon their sweet juicy meat with just a thick slice of bread and butter – delicious.

Unfortunately these wonderful flavours, tastes and textures are becoming increasingly more difficult to find.  Salty, pappy prawns, vinegar soaked gritty cockles and watery bland crab have made their way onto the market, which to me is a crime.

On one of my journeys to seek out the best of Essex food and drink, I stumbled upon the Fishmarket; not only a superb seafood restaurant, but a high quality seafood bar.  By bar, I do not mean an indoor, gently lit, cosmopolitan dining area with stools, I mean a real seafood bar which opens up to the outside and sells anything from the finest freshly cooked lobster to perfectly spiced rollmops.

The seafood on sale is brought in daily, the owner of the Fishmarket, Maggie, just happens to have a side line – or what others may call a second full time job – running a wet fish business in Billingsgate.  With decades of experience in sourcing and selling the finest fish and seafood to businesses throughout the UK, Maggie ensures that the produce on sale at the Fishmarket really hits the wow factor.

The fresh crabs and lobsters are brought in live and quickly cooked on the premises; the shelled prawns taste absolutely fantastic, just like those you would buy whole and peel yourself and even the cockles are sweet and juicy with the subtle vinegar complementing their flavour rather than drowning it.

There is seating set out in front of the seafood bar, or you can just buy and flit off.  If you have time to sit down and enjoy, for a non seafood treat, try the fabulous pie and mash on offer – the plump meaty home made pies, delicious creamy mash and subtle parsley sauce converted me to this East End delicacy and that’s saying something.

Our Summary
The Fishmarket Shellfish & Oyster Bar is by far one of the best suppliers of fresh seafood and shellfish you will find in the area.  The tastes, textures and quality speak for themselves.  From superb Oysters, freshly cooked crab and lobster, to plump jellied eels and subtly spiced rollmops, you will certainly not be let down by The Fishmarket.  Even their pie, mash and liquor is undoubtedly the best I have tried.  Highly recommended.

Fact File
For the finest Oysters and seafood, look no further than The Fishmarket. The fresh, quality produce is brought in daily.
Opening Times -
11am to 9pm
11am to 8pm

Produce Available -

Oysters including:
- Mersea
- Irish
- Fin De Claire
Shellfish including:
- Cornish Crab
- Lobster
- Langoustine's
- Mussels
- Whole Prawns
- Scallops
- Clams
- Winkles
- Cockles
- Whelks
Ready to eat Fish including:
- Brown Shrimps
- Potted Prawns
- Pickled Herrings (Rollmops)
- Marinated Anchovies
- Jellied Eels
- Smoked Fish
Major Credit Cards Accepted? Yes
Shop Online? No
Small seated area to the front.
Fishmarket Restaurant:
The seafood bar is attached to the main restaurant serving an excellent range of high quality fresh fish and seafood dishes - from the simple to the sublime. A plentiful choice of superb non fish dishes keeps everyone happy. Click here for further details.
Pie Mash and Liquor:
Yes, good old pie, mash and liquor is brought up to date using the finest fresh ingredients and a modern flair. Absolutely delicious.
Speciality Orders :
If you are a planning a dinner party or get together, you can pre-order your seafood and shellfish from to ensure that you have fresh, quality ingredients on the day. Contact The Fishmarket for more details.
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Product Range: 5/5     Service: 5/5     Produce: 5/5
take a stroll thru hadleigh country park excellent panaromic views and exit into benfleet. OMG u have to eat at this restaurant, Had good welcome and clean toilets to use which was a great start. Menu choice was varied but chose from the sunday lunch menu and all food ordered was of high standard and beatifully presented the flavours kept me wanting more! a few mistakes only small not to take anything away from the overall 5 out of 5 score (custard too thin)(choc pot straight from fridge)
Product Range: 4/5     Service: 3/5     Produce: 4/5
Eaten at this restuarant twice now and was happy with the experience. Good choice of fish; pleasant simply surroundings giving an authentic feel to the meal.