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Tele Recommends: Northern Ireland's best fishmongers

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Bob McCoubrey a former marine biologist, runs the Mourne Seafood Bar business along with his wife Joanne and business partner Andy Rea. They opened the first Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum, Co Down, nine years ago.

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The Fish Shop at Mourne Seafood Bar, Bank Street, Belfast, 028 9024 8544

At Mourne Seafood we have our very own fish shop located at the front of the restaurant in Belfast. The staff at the shop are on hand to give advice on the best way to prepare fish and will do this in front of you if required. They will also share their tips on the best way to cook fish. The Belfast Cookery School is located within Mourne Seafood Bar where you can learn how to cook some of the classic dishes we serve in the restaurants.

Ewing’s Belfast Fishmongers, Kendal Street, Belfast, 028 9032 5534

Walter Ewing is something of a legend in the world of local seafood. The business (above) has been in operation since the year dot and is now run by his two sons. They smoke their own fish using a unique family recipe, supplying Selfridges in London and outlets in the United Arab Emirates.

St George’s Market, 12-20 East Bridge Street, Belfast

The market has been in operation since 1896 and recently won the UK's Best Large Indoor Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities. The market operates Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a wide selection of fresh seafood plus there's a huge range of local, continental and specialist foods so it really is a one-stop shop.

East Coast Seafood, 7-11 Killard Drive, Ballyhornan, Co Down, 028 4484 1196

Marty Johnston runs East Coast Seafoods, a small family business founded in 1989. They're located in Co Down approximately three miles from the famous fishing village of Ardglass and are well known for their smoked salmon.

McKeown’s Fishmongers, High Street, Bangor, Co. Down, 028 9127 1141.

McKeown's has been at the heart of Bangor town for over 100 years. Fish is sourced locally from Portavogie, Kilkeel and Ardglass. Their range is excellent, including their potted herring. Sean |McKeown is now the third-generation of family running the business.

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