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The Wright Bros - Part 1 - Les Daniels

15th September 2021

With the world famous Brixham Fish Market only a hop, skip and a jump away on the ferry from Dartmouth, Platform 1 are able to take advantage of fish supplies that are truly fresh, straight from the trawlers.

Head Chef, Hannah Black, chose Wright Bros Ltd for a supplier as she says “Their quality of fish is the best I’ve seen and they have a passion and care for fish rather than just selling it.” She also adds “They go that extra mile when I need something.” Wright Bros Ltd supply all Platform 1’s shellfish such as oysters, scallops, mussels, lobsters as well as fresh fish for catch of the day which might include plaice, lemon sole or bream. We rely on them to select the best produce for us on a daily basis.

Originally growing and supplying seafood to some of London’s best chefs and high-end restaurants, the Wright Bros business has been developed under the watchful eye of Devon local, Les Daniels, to include their own wholesale team based in Brixham. This coastal team have all been in the fish game for years, and some through generations of family. They have a genuine commitment to what they do, and are up at 5am to cherry-pick the very best fish from the Brixham auction before proceeding to advise customers on their best options for catch of the day. The growing number of South West businesses they now supply is a testament to the smart choices they make as well as how great they are to deal with.

By his own admission what Les Daniels, Director of Brixham, doesn’t know about buying and selling fish really isn’t worth knowing! Involved in all aspects of the fishing industry for the past 30 years, we caught up with him for a coffee and a quick Q&A at Platform 1.

What was your first job?
I joined the army at 15 and spent 6 years in the services. After that I was one of the first employees at Channel Fisheries and that was the real start of my time in the fishing industry.

How did you become involved with Wright Bros Ltd?
I used to be one of their biggest customers and when they were thinking of setting up their own local wholesale team I was approached to run it. I became the Director of Brixham, we had a team of 6 which has now grown to 33.

What are your top tips for buying fresh fish?
That’s a secret I’m not sharing!

What is your favourite fish?
If I was to have a fish it would be lemon sole, I don’t think you can get a better fish anywhere in the world than we have here in the South West, simply stunning quality.

Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Has to be my mum’s cooking, proper homemade food.

Favourite drink?
Anything! But rose wine is a particular favourite

What does a perfect day look like for you?
I’m really happy where I am and I love being with my wife and dog. My perfect day would just be something simple like: get up, go to work, play a round of golf, then go home.

Do you have any pet hates?
I really dislike tomatoes and people being late! I also hate going on ferries as they make me seasick!

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Whilst I keep threatening to retire, I can’t really see myself not working. Actually, I’d like to move to Portugal and become an orange seller!

Wright Bros Ltd are also now offering a delivery service of fresh and sustainable seafood to your home. Follow the link to check it out.

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