We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.
The clear waters of the Dorset coast are home to Britain's finest seafood and shellfish. The daily catch lands fresh Portland crab and lobster, magnificent line-caught sea bass in season, mackerel, pollack, sole and plaice. Wonderful oysters, mussels and hand-dived razor clams and scallops. But with over 40 local species, from John Dory to Billy Winters, the truth is we never know quite what the tide will bring in.
Behind the counters you'll find Steve Abbott and Tim Withers, both highly skilled, experienced fishmongers who've worked with fish all their lives. There's craft and artistry in everything they do, whether it's preparing your favourites or helping to select something different for a special occasion. Ask them a question or two; they'll be delighted to offer advice on cooking and enjoying the day's catch.
Monday - Saturday: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm (Easter - October)
Weymouth's historic fish market has been a harbourside landmark for over 150 years. Constructed in 1855, by renowned British architect Thomas Talbot Bury, it was built to provide a permanent home for the town's twice-weekly market.
Over the decades, it hasn't always played host to its original purpose, housing storage for the harbour and sadly falling into disrepair. But more recently, Weyfish has restored this Grade II listed building to the role it was intended for, the commercial heart of the local fishing industry.
The fishing industry has been central to Weymouth's economy and culture for generations. Today, the majority of the local fleet are day boats, fishing the inshore waters with lines, nets and pots, the most sustainable of fishing methods, producing little by-catch or discards. Most boats are owner-operated, single handed, landing their catch daily on Custom House Quay.
Weyfish has become the heart of the fishing community, providing a community facility where everyone is welcome and their catch is gratefully received. The shop has a real buzz about it... Everyone has a smile on their face and everyone is here to help.
Robert Summerhayes, Secretary, Weymouth & Portland Fishermen and Licenced Boatman's Association
We don't just support the local fleet, we're a part of it. Weyfish operates three boats; the Ellie Ann, an Offshore 25 for bass, Shaman, a Cygnus 26 for bass and potting, and our latest addition, a new Cheetah Cat. The Weyfish Boat Company is led by Bob Hope, joint-owner of Weyfish and an experienced bass fisherman. The aim is to run modern, well-equipped vessels, guaranteeing more days at sea to ensure a better livelihood for their crews.
We're pleased to work with many local restaurants and cafés, as well as some further afield, who share our passion for the highest quality, sustainably-caught Dorset seafood. Orders are taken and collected daily to bring the freshest produce from the boats to the plate, meaning not just more memorable meals for diners, but important investment in the Weymouth fishing community.
Weyfish has the facility to store up to three tons of live crab and 500kg of lobster in a specially filtered, temperature-controlled environment, with regular independent inspection. The catch is cooked and processed direct from live storage, never frozen. We hand-pick our crab the old-fashioned way on a daily basis, ensuring a far superior product to any modern mechanised operation.
The regeneration of The Old Fish Market is a private passion for Weyfish owners Sean Cooper and Bob Hope, with the aim of opening up the building for everyone to enjoy. Right now, we're renovating the interior to create a much larger space to display fabulous local produce, while upstairs, plans are under way for a new specialty seafood restaurant offering a unique dining experience with a menu designed around the daily catch.