The Kilted Lobster restaurant in Edinburgh has today been shortlisted for 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.

Fabulous Seafood Platter at The Kilted Lobster

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.

Kilted Lobster – Chef Colin

Progressing to the next round of the competition, during July and August the top 10 restaurants will next be visited by a mystery diner judge. This round of judging will produce a Top 5 finalist list which will be further appraised by the judging panel in early September, with the overall national winner announced at a presentation in London in September.

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

•Ninth Wave, Isle of Mull,
•Old Boat House, Amble, Northumberland  
•Rockfish, Brixham, Devon 
•Rocksalt, Folkestone, Kent,
•The Idle Rocks, St. Mawes, Cornwall
•The Kilted Lobster, Edinburgh 
•The Salt Room, Brighton, West Sussex
•The Staith House, North Shields, Tyne and Wear
•The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye  
•Wright Brothers, Spitalfields, London

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.

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 last year, especially with the association and backing from Seafish and The Caterer.

Seafish is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) offering support and services to the seafood industry from catch to plate and are also the organisers of the long running National Fish & Chip Awards launched in 1988.


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