- HistoryArthur Ramsden and his mother Elsie decided to acquire their first shop in 1968. The shop had belonged to R Milner and continued to trade in the R Milner name until a later date. In 1970 they bought out the then famous Harrisons Oyster bar, which also sold whelks and cockles by the plate. This was soon changed into a completely rebuilt unit, which then sold all varieties of shellfish. Harrisons had traded from 1869 (100years before the purchase). Trading continued until 1975 when they acquired Chapmans, a shop that had traded for well over 60 years with a mainly Jewish trade supplying quality Inshore fish. Later in 1975 on 13th December there was a disastrous fire, which burnt down two thirds of Leeds Market and the whole of the Ramsdens business. Ramsdens then set up a stall on a temporary unit made of scaffold poles and a see through plastic cover. Unbelievably poor conditions for both customers and traders born with a good heart by both. Ramsdens would like to take this opportunity to thank shoppers of Leeds and outlying districts for their support. 11 months later in late November, Ramsdens took up their new permanent site. Only 1 unit was supplied by Leeds City Council Markets Dept., which was 25% of the size occupied previously. This meant that Ramsdens had to look at the opportunity of acquiring more retail space. The acquisition of another unit exactly the same size as their present one was purchased off the famous Ross Group in 1977. Months later in the same year came the opportunity to buy out Arthur Welham Ltd which was the old family firm of Mrs Elsie Ramsden who’s father founded in 1900. They traded from this new site which was adjacent to the newly built third of the market which rehoused all tenants from the fire until 1981 when the council decided to build the second phase of the market which put the fish market in the centre of the whole market. This was not an ideal situation. Arthur Ramsden then tried on several occasions to find a better trading area in the market by offering to buy better-situated stalls when they became available. The market council unfortunately turned each enquiry down. In 1998 the preliminary purchase of a large stall on the best trading area (Top Row), looked at this point in time as if Arthur had got the site he wanted. At the 11th hour this was turned down much to the disappointment of the Ramsdens team and the vendor. It seemed that this last attempt probably began the thought of moving the whole fish market to a new site. The Fish market was moved later in 1999 at considerable costs to the owners of the fish businesses. Ramsdens is now trading happily and have settled into our new premises. Unfortunately on every move we have lost trading space. Ramsdens new venture is to move from just trading within the market to eventually reaching an ever-shrinking globe with our new online purchasing system.
- Fish & Your HealthHealthy Heart Various studies and researches have proved that the best sources of good fats, vitamins, and minerals to promote good health can actually be found in different seafoods. The only drawback is that it took so many years for most people to realize the health benefits of having seafood in their diet. So for those who still do not understand why most people are into sashimi and grilled tuna these days, just keep on reading and I will let you on to some secrets. Here’s why: Fish is your heart’s best friend. Undeniably, fish is exceptionally low-fat food. The fats contained in fish and fish oils are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. These are polyunsaturated fatty acids known to protect the body against heart diseases. These so called “good fats” also aid in lowering cholesterol, decreasing blood clotting factors, increasing beneficial relaxation in larger arteries and blood vessels, and decreasing the inflammatory process in blood vessels. One serving of fish two to three times per week keeps arthritis away. There have been clinical trials that have shown that one serving of fish two to three times a week can actually lessen arthritis symptoms by fighting inflammation, decreasing fatigue and reducing morning stiffness. Some varieties of seafoods strengthen the immune system. Studies showed that certain varieties of fishes and shellfishes have very high antioxidant vitamin E, aside from vitamins C, D, and A. These antioxidants boost the immune system and also lower the risk of heart disease by reducing buildup of plaque in coronary arteries. Seafoods in a pregnant woman’s diet make smart and healthy kids. According to several researchers, the Omega-3 fatty acids found in different types of fish and shellfish can be vital during an unborn child’s development in the womb. It greatly assists in neural development as well as eye development. There have also been studies showing that these essential fatty acids have a positive effect on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in children. Also, a healthy diet for children with two to three servings of fresh seafoods per week can definitely increase their learning ability and improve their health in the future. The fatty acids in fish can alleviate the symptoms of depression. Omega-3 fatty acids can also ease the signs of depression in patients who do not respond to typical anti-depressant medications. Studies showed that depressed patients who had a greater amount of seafoods in their diet, particularly fish, had lower symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, and sleeping problems. Shellfish ensures healthy skin and eyes. Different varieties of shellfish are rich in vitamins and minerals, aside from being very low in fat content. Hence, these guarantee healthy skin and promote good eyesight because vitamins contained in shellfish aid in the formation and use of red blood cells and muscles. Children who eat oily fish may have a lower risk of getting asthma. Studies showed that children who were able to receive at least 300mg of fish oil a day had undergone noteworthy improvement of asthma symptoms. This is because fish oils aid in controlling food allergens and environmental allergens in the body. Fish eaters have lower risks of getting cancer. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are the essential components responsible for protection against cancer. In fact, there have been reports that people who eat fish regularly have low risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, lung, breast, and prostate. Fatty fish are the best natural source of Vitamin D. In areas like the North America where people do not get enough Vitamin D, a nutrient important for stronger bones, substituting foods can be difficult because of a lack of vitamin D-rich options. However, after some careful studies, most nutritionist found that fatty fish are excellent sources of vitamin D. They state that a serving of fatty fish a day can provide 90% of the recommended dietary requirement for vitamin D. Essential fatty acids found in most seafood may reduce the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Various reports have recommended that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly those of the omega-3 family, can actually slow mental decline and even reduce the development of Alzheimer’s disease in older people. These kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids are structural components of neural membranes and are linked to some aspects of nervous tissue functions. With these kinds of fatty acids in the body, inflammation and pro-inflammatory substances in the brain (to which Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is linked) are reduced. With all these viable health benefits of seafoods, there’s no denying, seafoods are remarkable creatures marvelously made just for the health of it! Coleen Panetti is a researcher for the Happy seafood info directory happyseafood.com Article Source: health-articles.health-diet-alternativemedicine-info.co.uk
- Our ProductsAt Ramsdens we are commited wherever possible to offer fish from sources that are responsible and sustainable. Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, if there is a particular type of fish or shellfish you require then we will do our utmost to source it for you. The Very Best Consistent Quality Supported By Recorded Quality Control Procedures & Traceability Accredited by the National Federation of Fish Mongers Accredited by the National Market Traders Federation Competitive Price Structure
- Fish PreparationFresh Flat/Round Fish Fillets We cut 2 fillets from a flat fish (plaice, lemon sole etc) and Round Fish (cod, haddock, bass etc) that means you will have one fillet from the top side of the fish and another from underneath. Fresh Steaks When we steak a fish we cut across the fish so you have a cross section of the fish, with bone in the middle; these are also called cutlets. Fillet Portions These are portions cut from very large fillets. We cut and prepare individual fillet portions so they are ready for you to cook. Scaled This involves removing the scales from the fish. To be served whole fish needs scaling so you are left with the clean skin. Scaled & Pinboned We de-scale the skin side of the fillet and remove the small line of bones known as “pinbones”. This is the most common form of preparation. Skinned We remove the skin from the fish fillets. Scaled & Gutted Whole fish such sometimes needs to be gutted and have their scales removed.. Please let us know if you require a specific preparation that is not listed above.
- Sustainabilitywhich signifies our fish are sourced from sustainable and responsible fisheries Around half of all fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back overboard DEAD!! ‘European Law preserving fish stocks’ Can this law be right? We Say No! Ask experts regarding fish stocks not a politician’s opinion! Sign up to www.fishfight.net
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Fish & Your Health
Research has proved the best source of good fats, vitamins and minerals to promote good health are found in different seafoods…
Health experts recommend buying fish at your local fishmongers – not only is it healthier, but it is also cheaper…
Preparing Your Fish
If you shy away from buying different types of fish because you are not sure of how to prepare them we can help you…