Pete Bromely, Plymouth Fisheries

Behind the Scenes at Sutton Harbour Fisheries

Did you know that visitors are welcome to come along to the fish market to observe what happens here? Did you know that we offer plenty of ways to learn more about fisheries in the UK, fisheries history in Plymouth and how to choose and buy your fish and seafood? 

If you want to know in more detail where the seafood you eat and buy around the south west and the UK comes from and how it gets to your plate, then a behind the scenes tour of Sutton Harbour’s Plymouth Fisheries will have these questions answered and more. 

Plymouth Fisheries at Sutton Harbour is the second largest market by volume in England with a vast number of different types of fish landed.  In any day up to 2,000 boxes (around 60 tonnes) of the freshest seafood are auctioned through our state of the art digital auction system to approximately 60 buyers. Every day is different here!

Visitors are welcome to contact the Plymouth Fisheries Manager and Sutton Harbour Master, Pete Bromley, to request a guided tour.  

Or if you are feeling a little more exploratory you could take up a unique Sea to Plate adventure with our special F.I.S.H tour. 

The F.I.S.H (Fish in Sutton Harbour) experience trail for food lovers explores the fisheries history and maritime heritage of the harbour and gives you the chance to observe how local fresh fish gets from sea to plate. You’ll also have the opportunity tackle the art of catching and cooking your own.

Guests are guided around the fish market and auction, lifting the lid on the 20-minute chill chain, sustainability and why the South West industry is growing while others are in decline.

After a walk around Sutton Harbour on the Harbour Heritage Trail, skipper Colin of Plymouth Boat Trips will explain navigational charts and discuss over a bacon buttie how the forecast is looking, before guests have the chance to fish in the historical waters of Plymouth Sound. The boat then returns to the Boathouse Café where there will be a lesson on how to prepare the fish, have a go and then eat it!

For more information about the Graze & Flavour F.IS.H trails or to check the dates of the next tours, see our Sutton Harbour Experience page, or follow us on our social media pages.

To taste our fish and sample some delicious fish and seafood dishes, why not visit some of the cafes and restaurants around Sutton Harbour, Plymouth Barbican and the waterfront? Did you know that the city of Plymouth has become the first city in the UK to achieve its Blue City Sustainable Seafood Award and we are delighted that most of the Sutton Harbour and Plymouth Barbican cafes and restaurants have contributed to its success. 

The Fish2fork Blue City award has been created to recognise and highlight communities that use seafood from sustainable sources; just over half of Plymouth’s restaurants have earned a blue fish rating from Fish2fork.

For a guide to all the places to eat around Sutton Harbour, visit our Experience Sutton Harbour website. You can also apply for a Sutton Habour Experience Discount Card for at least 10% off most of the participating bars, restaurants and attractions.