Town is the plaice to be for fishmongers

Joey Knott, owner of The Real Catch in Pocklington.
Joey Knott, owner of The Real Catch in Pocklington.

A fishmongers has re-opened in Pocklington – much to the delight of local residents.

And while the boss, Joey Knott, is just 21-years-old, his father has been in the fish business for a long time and Joey himself has been involved in one way or another since he was just 12-years-old.

The town used to have a fishmongers until it closed down earlier this year but The Real Catch opened its doors in Market Street earlier this month.

As well as building up the business Joey is still going around the area attending farmers markets which he has been doing for a while 

Joey said: “I will still be doing that on the days when the shop is closed.

“I never thought I would be running a fish shop but I saw the previous owner (Guy Scott) who had sold the business and when I saw him again it was up for sale.

“I said I would be interested and that is what happened.

“I am definitely pleased I have done it. It came at the right time,” said Joey who is, effectively, working seven days a week because of the shop and the farmers markets.

He continued: “It has been a lot of hard work but it has been worthwhile.

“I am pleased that everyone coming in says they are happy to see a fish shop back in town.”

When Guy Scott originally opened his fish shop Scott’s in 2001 it was in what used to be a charity shop and he had a queue going around the corner.

He also had a bakery opposite but decided to close that down and move the fish shop there in 2003.

He then sold it about two years ago to a former employee and the name was changed to Wolds but it then closed earlier this year.

During his time running the business Guy bought his fish from the processors in Hull where Joey’s father worked so when Joey decided to give it a go “I was really pleased and wish him all the best.”

Guy added: “I am really delighted and over the moon about it.

“It is something that Pocklington needs,” said Guy who decided to concentrate on his business of buying and doing up houses.