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Edinburgh fishmonger lands whopping 77kg Halibut

The huge halibut is currently for sale at Eddie’s Seafood Market in Edinburgh.

Published: June 8, 2021
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Owner and chef Campbell Mickel shared a picture of the halibut alongside fishmonger William Ronald Elliot to give an idea of the sheer scale of the fish.

Campbell was pleased to have been successful in buying the halibut at Peterhead Fish Market.

He said: “When I worked in Rafaelli in the 80s we used to get halibut this size every couple of weeks, they were ten a penny.

"Now halibut are normally around 25kg - this one is 77kg. So when I got the chance to buy this big beast I thought 'absolutely'.

"I’m delighted to see that fish this size can still exist, it’s good news for the oceans and I’m looking forward to seeing more that have had the time to thrive and grow - as this one has.”

Campbell Mickel, Michelin-Bib awarded chef and owner of Merienda Restaurant in Stockbridge and Exec Chef Cuisine Catering, together with his wife Giselle took on the helm of the original fishmongers in Marchmont in November 2020.

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His goal with Eddie's is to offering something a bit different than your average fishmongers, and Campbell has started selling Hamachi tuna for sashimi and sushi.

Explaining last year how Merienda and Eddie’s Seafood Market would merge, Campbell said: “When it came onto the market, I thought about it for a good while as I do with everything.

“I thought how closely I work with world-class Scottish sea produce, how proud we are of it and how I can improve it. I had a chat with Sylvia and Eddie.

“I have been a customer of theirs for over 25 years, from the earliest days of my career as a young chef.

“I realised that although there were a lot of interested parties, few, if any, would be able to match my passion for Scottish seafood. I decided I was going to go for it that day.”

In 2019 fishmonger William Ronald Elliot, who has worked at Eddie’s for almost 30 years, was left stunned when he gained thousands of followers on TikTok after posting a video of him cutting a lemon sole.

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Known as Ronald the Fish on TikTok, William said he is still shocked and stunned that his video has done so well, and hopes more people will learn about fish when following his account.

The halibut with fishmonger Ronald William Elliot
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