The news means that the restaurant and takeaway can now use the MSC blue fish label on its cod and haddock, assuring customers that the fish sold has been responsibly caught using sustainable methods. It also means it can be traced back to the fishermen who caught it.
Run by Steve and Jenny Knight, Knights of Pontefract is the couple’s second shop, following on from the success of Abbey Fisheries in Selby.
Both shops have won several accolades over recent years, with Knights of Pontefract named in Fry Magazine’s 10 Best Restaurants this year and Abbey Fisheries awarded the NFFF Quality Award, a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and runner-up in the British Takeaway Awards last year.
Steve and Jenny Knight said: “The provenance of our food and especially the sustainability of the fish we use is incredibly important to us. Getting the MSC certification was a way of demonstrating that Knights of Pontefract are committed to only using fish from sustainable sources, so that future generations can enjoy their fish & chips as we do.
The chippy has leaflets about MSC certification available for customers, and it also features the species of fish and the boat on which it was it was caught on its message boards in the shop to give customers as much information about what they are eating.
Loren Clark, commercial officer at the MSC, said: “It’s such a huge achievement for Knights of Pontefract getting MSC certified. Offering their customers the blue fish label makes a massive impact on our ocean health and ensures fish for future generations. We’re delighted to have them on board!