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Billy the Fish & the Fishermans Workshop

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Billy the fish, Fishmonger in Dorchester, Dorset
Billy the fish, Fishmonger in Dorchester, Dorset



Nutritionists recommend a varied healthy diet to keep us fit and active, with fish being one of the most widely approved foods. Fish and shellfish are excellent sources of high quality protein, omega-3 beneficial oils and many important vitamins and minerals. Add in the wonderfully creative dishes, and the huge variety and tastes available and just about everybody agrees, Fish is tops.

Here in West Dorset we are lucky to have many small fishing harbours providing a ready supply of fresh fish to Fishmongers. At the forefront of these local quality traders we have Billy the Fish located on Trinity Street. This high quality fishmonger was created by Bill Burgess and was the natural evolution arising from his interest in fish which came simply from fishing for pleasure. After an injury in carpentry, his former trade, Bill decided to open a cockles and mussels hut in the car park at Ferrybridge in Weymouth. Deciding to expand and carry on in the trade, and with no fishmonger’s serving the community in Dorchester, he settled on his current premises.

Billy the Fish Fishmonger’s

Bill buys line-caught fish from local fishermen and freshly caught crabs from Portland to sell to his customers. Two or three times a week, he drives down to Brixham in Devon to bid for fish there. In a Dorset Echo interview Bill said “I always buy from day boats rather than big trawlers so I know the fish is fresh”.

Tucked away down a little alleyway (just go down Antelope Walk into Trinity Street and turn left, you should see the A board) you will find the premises through the white door on the right hand side. Billy the Fish Fishmonger’s sells a variety of freshly caught fish and shellfish, and is open weekdays 8.30am to 17:30 pm and on Saturday 8.30am to 23.30pm, and closed on Sundays.

The Fisherman’s Workshop

Bill decided to cast his net further and in February 2008 he opened a fish restaurant next to his successful fishmongers shop. The Fisherman’s Workshop, is a rustic themed restaurant with nets strewn over the walls and looping down from the ceiling, and rubber rings and fish baskets about the place.

When it comes to traditional British food, The Fisherman’s Workshop licensed restaurant ticks all the boxes. The restaurant provides a unique dining experience serving delicious freshly caught fish and is open every day (except Sunday) from 11.00am to 4.00pm and from 7.00pm until late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To avoid disappointment we recommend booking ahead for dining on Friday and Saturday nights.

Menu at ‘The Fisherman’s Workshop’

Serving traditional British food in the open kitchen, the freshly caught whole fish is on display, it can be filleted and cooked how you like it, grilled, baked, fried or steamed – fish will never taste better! The fish main course a great source of omega-3 is served with a simple organic side dishes and sautéed potatoes.

The house speciality ‘homemade fish soup’ is made from lobster and crab stock seasoned with ginger, garlic, fennel and thyme to produce a stunning blend of flavours. You can also sample homemade fishcakes, homemade fisherman’s pies and homemade pates. Make sure you ring to book as Saturdays are very busy.

A reviewer on wrote “ If you visit Dorchester, then visit Billy the Fish! A fishmonger for day, and a restaurant by night, Billy serves up great fish and great entertainment in the heart of Dorchester. Very casual cafe style dining, great fish and friendly welcome. The restaurant is open Thurs – Sat. Billy will usually show you the fish before you order, and there is little in the way of a set menu – just whatever the boats have brought in, served however Billy and his team feel like cooking it. Don’t miss this place”.

The health benefits of fish

There are a variety of delicious reasons to make fish and shellfish, a regular part of your diet. An average serving of fish or other seafood (approximately 5 ounces cooked fish) provides 50-60 percent of an adult’s daily protein needs and only 200 calories. All seafood is low in fat – less than 5% fat – and also an excellent source of minerals including iodine, iron, zinc, and niacin. Oily fish are also among the best dietary sources for naturally occurring Vitamin D which is important for absorption of calcium.

Cooking demonstrations, Saturday 31st October

If you would like to pick up new tips or learn more about cooking fish, pop along to Billy the Fish, Trinity House, Trinity Street  to learn more. You can also email Billy the Fish Fishmonger for more details.

Come and discover for yourself what makes Billy the Fish & the Fishermans Workshop so popular.


Unfortunately Billy the Fish has now ceased trading however there is another restaurant in its place which is the Trinity Bistro

Please contact them directly to answer your questions.

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