Yesterday when Daughter was due to come back for a rare weekend visit home, and had requested my special fish pie, I hopped and skipped to Walter Purkis. I chose a luminous, fresh-looking haddock fillet, and was childishly delighted when the young fishmonger wished me a good weekend and with a ‘See you later’ waved me goodbye.
Because as a traditional fishmongers, the guys at Purkis & Sons are not talkative. No unnecessary dialogue apart from possibly the, ‘Would you like the skin off?’, or similar has before passed between me and the lads in the shop.
I almost feel like a local Crouch Ender now.
(And the fish pie was wonderful too, as were the salmon steaks I bought at Purkis and Sons on Thursday and cooked with chopped tomatoes, olive oil, a dash of balsamic vinegar and basil.)
Purkis & Sons
17 The Broadway
Tel 020 8340 6281
They also have a very informative Twitter feed @purkisandsons where you will find info on the day’s catch – very useful.