Blackrock: Fish Shop

blackrock  market fish shop

The Fish Shop is a new kind of fish and chip shop in the South Dublin suburb of Blackrock. Although it has customers who come from near and far I suspect that many who regularly walk down Blackrock’s Main Street don’t know of its existence as it is located a little off the main drag to the rear of The Blackrock Market.

fish shop blackrock market

The Fish Shop is the brainchild of Peter Dalton and Jay Akintola. They have taken a concept, the traditional fish and chip shop, that’s well stitched into the fabric of Irish society and served it up in a different and enticing way.

blackrock market the fish shop

Jay and Peter’s professional backgrounds are far removed from food as they were in a previous existence both secondary school teachers. However they were and are passionate about food and they had a wish to run their own business. The idea took root when they were living in London and it was there that they cut their foodie teeth by working in the city’s vibrant street food scene.

fish shop blackrock market

They moved to Dublin and having spent a few months getting the project up and running they opened the Fish Shop in October 2013. If you have seen the Fish Shop you will know how creative Jay and Peter are. They took what was originally a boring concrete shed and transformed it by cladding it in wood from pallets which they then painted soft shades of blue and grey. This was their shop, a half-way house between street food and a proper bricks and mortar premises. They added a decked area to the front which has bench seating covered with cushions embroidered by Jay and there is another customer seating area with picnic tables opposite the shop.

 the fish shop blackrock market

They sell fish and chips. Obviously. The chips are hand-cut and non greasy. The fish is coated in a light beer batter (there is a gluten-free option). Deliciously garlicky mussels are usually available and at the weekend they serve up a must-be-tried fish burger. They sell soft drinks and in the summer ice-cream. The Fish Shop doesn’t have a licence to sell alcohol but if they are eating on site customers can bring along their own wine or beer.

the fish shop blackjack

I can attest that the fish and chips are truly good as I have eaten a great deal of them lately. That’s because as part of my studies I am doing my first photographic project on the Fish Shop. So I have been there multiple times to take picture and when I was I always caved into temptation and sampled something from the blackboard menu.

the fish shop blackrock

The Fish Shop is expanding as Peter and Jay plan to open a second branch in the centre of Dublin in early 2015. This will be a proper bricks and mortar premises. I wish them so well with their new venture.

blackrock market the fish shop

Peter and Jay are exceedingly nice people. I am hugely grateful to them for being so accommodating and patient when I turn up again and again to take yet more pictures for my project.

The Fish Shop is on winter opening from this week, that’s Thursday to Sunday. Exact hours and further details are on the shop’s Facebook page.



Filed under Dublin, Food/Wine, Restaurants/CafΓ©s

26 responses to “Blackrock: Fish Shop

  1. I love fish and chips and have yet to find good ones here in the states. There is a fish and chips place sort of near me that’s just ok. Love this little out of the way place, they are almost always good and am happy to hear that Peter and Jay are branching out. Love you photo’s.

    • I too love fish and chips but I don’t always like the versions served in traditional fish and chip shops but I do like the version Peter and Jay make. It’s a shame you haven’t got a good ‘chipper’ near you. Thank you so much. πŸ˜‰ .

  2. You’re making me hungry. I had a very nice fish and chips yesterday (one of my favorite meals, when it’s done well). The fish was non-greasy; but they chips made me feel heavy and guilty.

    This little article of yours has the power to make me want to move to South Dublin!

  3. It looks such a nice place! As you know I don’t eat fish but I wouldn’t mind to try those delicious chips! πŸ˜‰
    Your photos are lovely and I wish you the best of luck with your project.
    F. Xx

  4. I long for good fish and chips! The setting here would make them taste extra good.

  5. What a fabulous idea and goes to show that a fish and chip shop doesn’t have to be the usual boring tiled and Formica joint with a large stainless steel counter. Simply ingenious!

  6. Oh those mussels… you are making me hungry this morning! If you can believe it, I’ve never actually had fish and chips (shame on me)! However, this lovely little restaurant looks like the perfect quaint place to grab a bite to eat πŸ™‚

    • I can believe you have never had fish and chips. They are a thing over here and there are lots of ‘chippers’ (the slang name for a fish and chip shop). Some good, some not so. As of now the Fish Shop is my favourite one. πŸ˜‰

  7. I will have to remember this recommendation for next time I visit Dublin. It looks fantastic. We visited Mick Tonks fish and chip shop in Dartmouth, Devon last year and that was awesome too if ever you are down that way. Take care. Emma.

    • Hello Emma, it’s decades since I was last in Devon but hopefully I will get back there one day. It’s always good to get recommendations for places to eat and your description of Mick Tonks fish and chip shop in Dartmouth as awesome makes me want to check it out. πŸ˜‰

  8. They do look very tasty but mostly I can’t wait to see the results of your project πŸ™‚

  9. Your pictures are wonderful and you must be so pleased to have found a great place to eat too! It’s nice to find such a unique and pretty place… πŸ™‚

  10. I wish I could visit this place. From the outside, it just looks like it cranks out some mean and delicious seafood. And those fish and chips are definitely making me hungry. Wonderful post.

  11. Just had breakfast, and my mouth is watering for some fish and chips after reading your post! Am supposed to be on the Mediterranean Diet because of rather high cholesterol — also taking Omega-3 (large, gagging capsules)! But had candy and pizza on Halloween. Life is too short to not indulge ourselves now and then!! Hope to get to Dublin again someday and sample Blackrock’s fish and chips — at least they’re non-greasy.
    Fondly, Eileen

  12. Hello Eileen and lovely to hear from you. I agree life is too short not to indulge for time to time. I do hope you get back to Ireland someday – in the mean time *waving from the Emerald Isle*. All the best from B

  13. it is a bit short but very good for a documentary. i remember when i did mine in college and learned how to divide a documentary in 4: the place, the people, the details, the activities (hope i remember correctly πŸ˜‰ ) all the best with your course and hope to see more of those documentary projects

  14. Thank you so much. I have some more images for the project which I didn’t put on the blog. I have to hand it in on Thursday and I am concerned I don’t have the right images to fully tell the story. I find your tip on dividing documentary into four very useful. Thanks again. πŸ˜‰

  15. Good food and good photos – what a great combination.

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