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Seafood Restaurant of the Year competition opens

Last year's winner The Idle Rocks, Cornwall

Celebrating the array of fish and shellfish available to be enjoyed by diners all over the UK, the 2019 Seafood Restaurant of the Year Competition is now open for entry.

Sponsored by Seafish, the competition is open to all UK restaurants that include fish and shellfish on their menus. It seeks to recognise eateries that demonstrate both excellent examples of cooking and serving of fish and shellfish, and evidence of fish and shellfish knowledge.

Judges also look for clear evidence of responsible sourcing of sustainable raw ingredients, successful fish and shellfish promotion on menus, first rate product knowledge both front and back of house, and examples of how customers are encouraged to eat fish and shellfish.

Andy Gray, trade marketing manager at Seafish, said: “UK consumers have a tendency to focus our seafood consumption on five main species - salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and prawns - and yet on any one day it is estimated that there is in excess of 100 different species of fish and shellfish available for consumers to purchase and enjoy in the UK; a veritable bounty from the seas. This fantastic array of seafood is a main menu choice for many people when they eat out of home and put their trust in a chef to expertly prepare and serve an excellent seafood dining experience.

“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 and I would encourage business to get their entries in now for a chance to benefit from the fantastic opportunities on offer for the winners.”

The winning restaurant will receive an all-expense paid study trip to either Brixham in Devon or Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, as well as a study trip to London’s Billingsgate Fish Market and masterclass event at the Billingsgate Seafood Training School.

Entries to the 2019 competition close on Monday 8th July 2019.

For further information on how to enter visit

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