Seafood Restaurant of the Year Competition

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.

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The Competition - What is involved?

The competition is open to all UK restaurants (that include fish and shellfish on their menus), and will seek out restaurants and cafes and other eateries that are demonstrating both excellent examples of the cooking and serving of fish and shellfish, and evidence of fish and shellfish knowledge. The judges will be looking for clear evidence of responsible sourcing of sustainable raw ingredients, successful fish and shellfish promotion on menus, excellent levels of product knowledge both front and back of house, and examples of how customers are encouraged to eat fish and shellfish. Following an initial shortlisting judging process, the Top 10 restaurants will then be visited by a mystery diner judge, which will determine a final top five listing of leading restaurants, which will be revealed in August 2017.

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As consumers in the UK, we 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! While many consumers are often reticent about buying seafood for preparing and cooking at home, it is however very often a main menu choice for many people when they decide to eat out of home - consumers putting trust in a chef that he or she will expertly prepare and serve an excellent seafood dining experience. This point can therefore be acted upon by caterers by ensuring that there is a good variety of seafood choice on their menus. 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. 

Looking for more information on the competition? Download the guides below to find out what's involved: 

The Judges

The Prizes

Previous Winners  

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How To Enter

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Who can enter?

The Restaurant of the Year Competition is open to all bona fide restaurants, pubs, cafes, etc. in the UK (but excluding restaurants in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

Entries open February 2017 - Entries close 12 May 2017.

All entrants will complete an initial entry form to be submitted to Seafish along with photograph/s of the business entered and some supporting written documentation.

For further information about the competition please e-mail seafoodrest@seafish.co.uk

Download an Entry Form and Rules Document below