Dermot O’Leary pledges future to Brighton

The Argus: Dermot O’Leary pledges future to Brighton Dermot O’Leary pledges future to Brighton

Nearly 10,000 portions of fish and chips have been fried and more than 1,500 spicy crabs cracked.

And despite serving 14,000 litres of wine and 10,000 oysters Dermot O’Leary said he has not lost his appetite for the restaurant business.

It has been one year since the X-Factor presenter teamed up with friends Paul Shovlin and James Ginzler to open Fishy Fishy, in East Street, Brighton.

Whereas many restaurants have struggled in the recession, Fishy Fishy is still reeling in the customers and Dermot said he hopes the eatery’s anniversary will be the first of many. He said: “He said: “The idea that we wouldn't be here in the future breaks my heart - we will be here for the long haul.

“In a town like Brighton you feel like part of the family. It is small enough to feel part of it but big enough for it to feel exciting.

“The lovely thing is how we get a lot of returning customers and we feel like a part of the furniture.”

Dermot is still hungry for success and the team are expanding the business to Poole in Dorset – although he insists this does not make him a “Russian oligarch”.

He said: “I hope we have made an impact in Brighton. The feedback is that most people enjoy it. We employ locally and source locally and hopefully feel we are contributing to the city.”

A keen fisherman, Dermot has been visiting Brighton and Newhaven for ten years to indulge in his hobby and the restaurant places an emphasis on local produce.

The television presenter is currently touring the country covering the X-Factor auditions.

He visits the business every six weeks and said he wants to be as hands on as possible in the running of the restaurant.

However, it seems this personal touch does not extend to the kitchen.

When asked if he had fried any fish, the 37-year-old said: “Are you insane? Do you know how territorial chefs are? I used to work in kitchens but you get down there and you realise that being good at cooking for four at a dinner party is so different cooking for 60 covers.”

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1:14pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Hillbilly Bob says...

"Still reeling the customers in". Jesus Argus, do you have resort to those sort of lame puns!!!

Good luck to the bloke and his restaurant. I don't really like the fella on TV, he's dull and somehow gets to present big shows really think he is better off out of TV. I wish him all the best anyway.
"Still reeling the customers in". Jesus Argus, do you have resort to those sort of lame puns!!! Good luck to the bloke and his restaurant. I don't really like the fella on TV, he's dull and somehow gets to present big shows really think he is better off out of TV. I wish him all the best anyway. Hillbilly Bob

2:25pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Murgatroyd says...

I wish us ordinary plebs could get such excellent free publicity for our businesses. I guess we should know our place
I wish us ordinary plebs could get such excellent free publicity for our businesses. I guess we should know our place Murgatroyd

6:56pm Thu 24 Jun 10

yorkie44 says...

How many tired old cliches can you put into one article. If he still has an "appetite" for this why does he only visit every six weeks?
How many tired old cliches can you put into one article. If he still has an "appetite" for this why does he only visit every six weeks? yorkie44

9:55pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Cap'n Pugwash says...

What a load of old CODswallop
What a load of old CODswallop Cap'n Pugwash

10:30pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Peter Ward says...

The meals at Fishy Fishy will lure you in, hook line and sinker
The meals at Fishy Fishy will lure you in, hook line and sinker Peter Ward

7:40am Fri 25 Jun 10

Tye says...

Murgatroyd wrote:
I wish us ordinary plebs could get such excellent free publicity for our businesses. I guess we should know our place
why have you tried?

I'm sure the vast majority will like to hear a good news story if you have one
(unfortunately the mean of sprit moaners who post here will go on about free advert, useless, horrible - don't like 'em - blah blah)
[quote][p][bold]Murgatroyd[/bold] wrote: I wish us ordinary plebs could get such excellent free publicity for our businesses. I guess we should know our place[/p][/quote]why have you tried? I'm sure the vast majority will like to hear a good news story if you have one (unfortunately the mean of sprit moaners who post here will go on about free advert, useless, horrible - don't like 'em - blah blah) Tye

11:24am Fri 25 Jun 10

Tye says...

yorkie44 wrote:
How many tired old cliches can you put into one article. If he still has an "appetite" for this why does he only visit every six weeks?
It got you hook, line and sinker didn't it?

Got you to read the article, got you to comment - job done
[quote][p][bold]yorkie44[/bold] wrote: How many tired old cliches can you put into one article. If he still has an "appetite" for this why does he only visit every six weeks?[/p][/quote]It got you hook, line and sinker didn't it? Got you to read the article, got you to comment - job done Tye

3:41pm Fri 25 Jun 10

BriCo says...

Well good luck to him. Must admit never been to the place - Bankers do much better fish and chips.

Is this part of an Argus series "Z listers where are they now?" - if so what has happened to Mama Cherri's latest venture?
Well good luck to him. Must admit never been to the place - Bankers do much better fish and chips. Is this part of an Argus series "Z listers where are they now?" - if so what has happened to Mama Cherri's latest venture? BriCo

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