Our Story

It takes years of hard graft to be able to deliver a perfect service, first time, every time. If you’re a chef you know that as well as we do.

Flying Fish has been supplying the best seafood in the British Isles to the UK’s best chefs since 2006.

But our founder, John Godden, has been in the business for nearly two decades (longer if you count his first business collecting, cleaning and selling Cuttlefish to pet shops at the young age of 16).

On leaving school, John joined a local seafood supplier. By his mid-twenties he had worked his way up the ranks from filleter to buyer to sales manager. By that point he also had his own ideas on how the business should be run.

He moved to Cornwall to be closer to the source of our beautiful produce and Flying Fish was born.

Thanks to hard work and hard-won expertise, we have grown from a one-man band into an the company we are today. Now we serve hundreds of incredible customers, including many Michelin-starred chefs and restaurants.

Over the last ten years plenty of people have advised us to diversify into other foods but we’ve stuck to what we’re good at and grown our business by improving all we do.

We’ve recently been invited to join the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and we now are fully SALSA accredited. We’ve also been Highly Commended in Restaurant Magazine’s Chefs’ Choice Awards and other notable industry awards for several years running.

Stamps of approval such as these are fantastic but it’s the kind words of our customers that makes all the years of hard work and obsessing over every detail worth it.

If you’re interested to know more about how we work and what we do, please come and visit us. Our doors are always open.

“The Ledbury has been working with flying fish for over a decade. The quality of their fish and shellfish is outstanding. They not only understand how important consistency is but also about how the treatment of the fish plays a big part in the end product. The Service is as good as it gets and they can never do enough to help us. Johnny and the team are an essential part of our team and working with them is a privilege.”

Brett Graham, The Ledbury
Flying Fish Seafoods