Best of Bedford – Gary Hooper

This month’s Best of Bedford is brought to you by the legend that is Gary Hooper, owner of GCH Fishmongers, who was recently awarded the Master Fishmonger, by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.  Gary was presented with this prestigious award by the Worshipful Company’s Prime Warden, HRH Princess Royal at a ceremony at the Livery Companies Hall on London Bridge on Tuesday 12 June.

“As the only retail fishmonger in Bedford and the surrounding area, we feel we offer a great service to our customers, with a wide range of fish and shellfish  sourced from all over the UK and Europe,” said Gary.  “The Fishmongers’ Company, one of the 12 great Livery Companies in the City of London, has recognised my hard work over the years, in training, development, ethical sourcing, excellence in customer service and overall knowledge of the seafood industry and felt that I had the skills and attributes that warrant this prestigious award.”

We couldn’t agree more and Bedford is very lucky to have such a widely respected and knowledgeable fishmonger in our town.

Name: Gary Hooper

Occupation: Owner – GCH Fishmongers Ltd

Born here or blow in? Born and bred in Bedford. Lived in Goldington for first 24 years, then Kempston for 31 years and now back to my roots in Goldington

Best thing about Bedford? The diversity of the population and of course the wonderful Embankment.

Best place to get a coffee or cuppa? Vanilla Tree.

Best breakfast? Pavilion at the Park.

The one place you’d recommend to visitors? Higgins Pantry – great food and service.

Ever read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress? No sadly not!

Bedford’s best boozer? The Ship in St Cuthbert’s Street.

Best Bedfordian? Ronnie Barker.

Ever eaten a Bedfordshire Clanger? Yes my late maternal grandmother used to make a mean clanger.

Three words that sum up Bedford: Diverse, Tolerant and Friendly

GCH Fishmongers, 2 Newnham St, Bedford MK40 3JR. 

01234 301472


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