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The Top 10 restaurants will then be visited by a mystery diner judge. (Photo: Kilted Lobster)

Top 10 Shortlist Revealed for 2017 Seafood Restaurant of the Year

  (UNITED KINGDOM, 6/28/2017)

The Top 10 seafood restaurants in the UK were announced in the 2017 Seafood Restaurant of the Year competition. The award, presented by Seafish and The Caterer, is designed to find the best restaurants cooking and serving delicious seafood dishes. 

Launched in 2015, the competition assesses restaurants on the quality of the seafood dishes they serve, their responsible sourcing policies and their knowledge of fish and shellfish species both front and back of house.

The next round of the competition will see the Top 10 mystery dined and judged during July and August to narrow them down to a Top 5 list of finalists. The Top 5 will then be further appraised by the judging panel in early September, with the overall national winner announced at a presentation in London in September.

The Seafood Restaurant Of The Year Competition provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wide range of restaurants, pubs and cafes that are excelling in providing customers with top quality fish and shellfish dining experiences. North Sea Salmon. (Photo: The Old Boat House)

The Top 10 shortlisted restaurants (in alphabetical order) are:

The Salt Room celebrates the fruits of of the sea cooked over charcoal. (Photo: The Salt Room)

Along with a bespoke trophy for their restaurant, three members of the team from the winning restaurant will be invited on an all-expense paid study trip to Brixham, Devon, to further hone their knowledge regarding the catching, processing and supply of seafood.

This trip will also provide an opportunity for the team to meet key industry players and experience some of the world's freshest and tastiest seafood.

Andy Gray, Trade Marketing Manager for Seafish, said: "The Seafood Restaurant of the Year competition provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wide range of restaurants, pubs and cafés that are excelling in providing customers with top quality fish and shellfish dining experiences."

At The Saith House seafood is responsibly sourced locally and only the finest produce gets through the kitchen doors. (Photo: The Saith House)

Alex Aitken, chef-patron of The Jetty in Christchurch, Dorset, the 2016 winner, said: "Winning the Seafood Restaurant of the Year award in recognition of the quality of the food we serve and also for the care taken in responsibly sourcing the fish and shellfish we use, meant a lot to the whole team at The Jetty - especially as the competition is judged and decided by our peers and industry experts. This was the perfect accolade for us to win, especially with the association and backing from Seafish and The Caterer." 

Judges will be looking for clear evidence of the responsible sourcing of sustainable raw ingredients, successful fish and shellfish promotion on menus, excellent levels of product knowledge, and examples of how customers are encouraged to eat fish and shellfish. (Photo: Wright Brothers)

About Seafish

Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry.

Seafish's mission is to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry, including everything - and everyone - from fishermen and processors through to importers, retailers and food service providers.

As an organisation, it also takes a great interest in the consumer: the people who buy and eat seafood. Maintaining a well-regulated seafood industry which delivers high-quality, safe, sustainable seafood to UK consumers is one of its highest priorities.

Source: Seafish

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