Tarbett’s Fishmongers was the brainchild of Liam Tarbett who, at 22 graduated from university with a degree in Film and Television Production but had been working full time at a fishmongers in Leeds Kirkgate Market since he was 18 and had done so throughout his studies. After university Liam was faced with the decision of whether he wanted to follow with a career which was based around his degree or stick with the fishmongers, he went with his gut and decided that he wanted to stay with fish but do it for himself, so he applied for a stall on the farmers market on briggate, this is where his vision began. Once the application was accepted Liam, his partner Caity and his parents set up an oyster and shellfish bar supplying the Sunday shoppers of Leeds with a selection of fresh cooked shellfish and oysters opened to eat there and then or wrapped ready to take home. This was a great success and he started to get a name for himself, along with beginning to establish a clear brand, amazing quality seafood served by knowledgeable friendly faces under a clean, modern logo but with a traditional twist.
After seeing the response he got from the oyster bar, Liam wanted to make his brand more permanent, so when a unit became available on fish row in the market he jumped at it. Liam had a clear vision of what he wanted the shop to look like and completely transformed the old unit into something new and eye catching. His great eye for design combined with his extensive knowledge of fish and a focus on only supplying the highest quality was met with open arms by his customers and thus began Tarbett’s Fishmongers. A year on with a booming business, Liam looked to expand, which is when he saw an available shop to let in Chapel Allerton. Here he saw an opportunity to not only expand the business but due to it being a much larger shop he saw opportunity to increase what he sold, services to provide and perhaps a different audience to target. Once again Liam’s great eye for design shone through as he transformed and old book shop into a brand new, shiny Fishmongers, situated on a busy road to attract anyone and everyone who passes. Again Chapel Allerton was a great success and was met with a warm response from not only the locals but people from much further afield, which led Liam to believe there may be a market for an independent fishmongers a bit further out of Leeds.
Liam had been chatting to a couple who owned a fishmongers in Wetherby for a few years now, and last year when they decided to sell their business Liam saw the opportunity to keep Wetherby and surrounding areas stocked with high quality fresh seafood and took it on. Of course he put his own spin on it and had the shop fitted to match his classy, yet traditional brand that can be seen at the other two sites. Wetherby has been open a few months now and has had a great response from locals who are glad to still see an independent fish shop in their small market town. Not only has Liams drive and ambition led to where he is now but also his knowledge and his belief in supplying only the highest quality fresh fish and seafood at affordable prices have abled his success and added to the great independent shops and businesses around Leeds and west Yorkshire.