Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year

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This award recognises UK or Irish fish restaurants that have shown outstanding support for the commercial fishing industry in their local area in 2016. Nominees will demonstrate a focus on locally-landed fish and a menu that incorporates a good range of species; encouraging diners to experience some varieties that are more commonly exported, and others which deserve to be more popular.

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The Idle Rocks Restaurant (St Mawes, Cornwall )

Head chef Guy Owen is a local lad who loves to work with local food producers. Whether it’s Cornish native oysters from the River Fal or catch of the day, from boats you can see from the restaurant, their aim is to bring together the best produce Cornwall has to offer. They’ll even arrange a fishing trip for hotel guests and prepare the catch for you in their kitchen.

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Octopus (Guernsey, Channel Islands)

This brand new restaurant enjoys stunning views over Havelet Bay in St Peter Port. You can see nearby islands including Herm, Jethou, and Sark from their floor to ceiling windows. They focus on serving the highest quality local fish and seafood, offer a superb fish chowder and have a live lobster tank. They aim to showcase local food and work closely with local fishermen.

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The Old Boat House (Amble, Northumberland)

Winner of the 2016 award, The Old Boathouse specialises in serving seafood and fish fresh from local fishing boats where possible. Whether it’s Amble lobster, Scottish mussels or locally-smoked salmon, their menu concentrates on British fish. Renowned for its friendly service and picturesque harbour views, the bistro has a dedicated fan base.

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Pysgoty (Aberystwyth, Wales)

New kid-on-the-block, Pysgoty, is run by husband and wife team Craig and Rhiannon Edwards. Craig is a qualified fishmonger and the couple also run a local fishmongers. They serve fish caught by Aberystwyth fishermen in Cardigan Bay whenever possible, and therefore their menu is governed by the seasons and weather. They turn their used cooking oil into biofuel and return fish frames (skeletons) to local day boats to be used as bait. The restaurant’s outdoor seating area has fantastic views over the sea.

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River Exe Cafe (Exmouth, East Devon)

This unique restaurant is set on a custom-built floating barge in the mouth of the River Exe. Accessible only by boat, there are regular water taxis from spring to autumn, when the restaurant is open. They gained permission from DEFRA to receive fish directly from local boats and many of the fishermen who supply the restaurant can be seen at work as they pass the café. Their mussels are gathered from right beneath visitors’ feet. Weekly specials reflect the daily catch.

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Rockfish (Brixham)

Rockfish (Brixham) is located in Brixham fish market, overlooking the local fishing fleet as they land catch that appears in the Rockfish kitchen just a few hours later. There is also a fish room in which local seafood is prepared for distribution to the other South Western Rockfish restaurants. The restaurant has a broad range of species on offer, with an emphasis on sustainability. Front-man and celebrity chef Mitch Tonks recently became an ambassador for the new ‘England’s Seafood Coast Campaign’, which aims to encourage people to eat more home-caught fish in the South West

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Samphire (Inveraray, Scotland)

Serving Marine Conservation Society certified sustainable fish, Samphire is dedicated to supporting local small businesses. From hand-dived scallops, native lobsters and line-fishing, the restaurant looks for all manner of ways to ensure there are seafood stocks for future generations, whilst serving the finest ingredients they can find around Argyll and the West Coast of Scotland

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Skipness Seafood Cabin (Tarbert, Scotland)

Simple, fresh local seafood is the name of the game in this hidden gem. Tucked away on the Skipness Castle Estate, they offer scallops, queenies, langoustines, mussels and oysters from the Scottish shores. Open in spring and summer, its down-to-earth approach and support of local businesses have given it a great local following.

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The Snack Shack (Dungeness, Kent)

Despite only having outdoor seating, this eatery aims to open throughout the winter, offering fish from boat to bun on the day. Serving the catch of the day from their own boats, or lobster and crab wraps in the summer and adding a smoked cod chowder in the winter, this simple café helps keep the Dungeness fishing industry alive. All lobsters are caught in Dungeness by Joe Thomas. Delicious, quirky and real. Usually only open on weekends.

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Upstairs @ Joes (Co. Antrim, N.Ireland)

This popular, family-run restaurant creates a menu around Northern Irish seafood. Thursday is lobster night, and they offer cookery courses to encourage people to cook from scratch at home. There are daily seafood specials and the eatery is famed for excellent, welcoming service. Situated in pretty Cushendall village, it is well loved by both locals and visitors.

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