Watch: We discover exotic seafood at Birmingham’s famous fish market in an oceanic £20 challenge

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Birmingham’s Bullring indoor market is home to one of the UK’s largest fish markets - we decided to take a look around

The Bullring indoor market is home to one of the UK’s largest fish markets.

The traditional city markets have been running for decades, dating back to the 1800s, with stalls selling fruit, veggies, home goods and of course, fish.

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Many of the products here have been sourced from all over the world, and the Bullring fish markets are still extremely popular with locals and is home to a number of exquisitely prepared seafood products. People from all across the country have been known to visit the city to have a gander inside the fish markets.

Many businesses, including restaurants, source their products from Brum’s city centre fish market. This is why we’ve decided to visit the market on Thursday morning (October 19) to see what we can get for £20.

Bullring indoor fish marketBullring indoor fish market
Bullring indoor fish market | google

The markets are famous for having some of the very best seafood on offer, including some exotic prducts, and we managed to take a good look around to see the variety of seafood which was on offer.

As soon as you enter the market you can instantly see the range of fresh produce for sale at the numerous stalls within the market. After a quick look aroud, we were keen to get value for money, and we managed to speak to a few market traders to see what we could get for £20.

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Monkfish head on offer for £18.99 a kiloMonkfish head on offer for £18.99 a kilo
Monkfish head on offer for £18.99 a kilo | BW

One of the fish market stall workers Wayne showed us around a couple of the stalls at the as we hunted for variety and also some of the more unusual fish on offer. We discovered a monkfish head which you can get for £18.99 a kilo, as well as ray fish for the same price, and octopus, if you’re feeling a little more exotic.

Although it was tempting to try these for the very first time, we were aiming to get a range of products, so neither the monkfish or ray fish would have done with £20 to spend.

At Barlow’s Fish  Mongers stallAt Barlow’s Fish  Mongers stall
At Barlow’s Fish Mongers stall | BW

Next, marker worker Terry showed us around his stall which had some more familar products. With £20 to spend and looking to get as much fish as possible, he set us up with two red bream for £5, two sea bream for £5, two sea bass for £5, and 800g of coley, which also cost a fiver.

The fish market workers also threw in some fish meat from a ray fish for us to try. If you’re wondering what you would eat with that, well, ray fish lends itsef to many scrumptious meals. They are best when pan fried with plenty of butter, lemon juice and capers.

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There’s a lot of seafood to choose from at the market, including shellfish, and some more exotic products, as we mentioned. There’s also a bit of everything for everyone at the market and there’s no denying it can be great value for money.

You can’t beat picking out a bit of fresh produce by yourself, and we left the market with four different types of fish, certainly not bad for £20. At the end of the day, we also donated some of the fish to the local Digbeth food bank Feedo Needo.

Here’s what we bought for £20:

  • Sea bream x2: £5
  • Sea bream x2: £5
  • Sea bass x2: £5
  • 800g of coley: £5
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