It’s officially Seafood Week 2019 this week and with the UK’s abundant coastline, it should come as no shock that we have some of the best seafaring produce on the entire planet. But, if like us, you take that for granted and don’t eat enough fish and shellfish, here’s some of the best seafood restaurants in the UK.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Port Isaac, Cornwall
Really, we couldn’t start anywhere else but Cornwall and Nathan Outlaw. Situated at the top of idyllic Port Isaac overlooking the rugged Cornish coastline, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’s seafood tasting menu is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample some of the best seafood produce in the country cooked by one of the country’s best chefs. Only using the finest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast by small day boats, Nathan Outlaw’s simple and honest approach to seafood has driven in crowds from around the world, with the Head Chef now widely considered to be the best fish cook in the country.
Rocksalt Folkestone, Kent
Winner of numerous ‘Best Seafood Restaurant’ awards, Folkestone’s Rocksalt opened its doors in 2011. Headed by Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant, the focus at Rocksalt is on the south coast’s plethora of high quality ingredients. Like any good fish restaurant worth their salt, the menu line-up changes daily depending on the day’s catch and you can even see the boats used to gather said catch from the harbour-fronted dining room, bar and terrace. They’re locally sourced ‘Butcher’ menu is also well a look with the likes of rib eye and sirloin on offer too.
Coast Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
Launched in 2014, Coast in Pembrokeshire is one of the best seafood restaurants in Wales. With a terrace overlooking the sweeping sands of Saundersfoot’s Coppet Hall beach, the kitchen at Coast serves up the best locally sourced fish available, with the likes of monkfish, mackerel and wild bass on the menu, as well as ‘snacks’ such as octopus with sweet chilli and a must have cod scotch egg. At Coast, the restaurant prides itself on a unique combination of informal and professional service, so you don’t need to wear your Sunday best!
The Salt Room Brighton, East Sussex
Recent winner of the Seafish UK Restaurant of the Year, The Salt Room is at the forefront of modern British seafood cookery. Championing the best sustainable fish and shellfish Sussex has to offer, this Brighton restaurant celebrates the flavours of cooking over coal with the ethos of sharing plates. As such, make sure you check out the daily specials board for the Catch of the Day or head to The Salt Room on a Sunday where their Sharing Roasts are basically the best in the city. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, their Taste of the Pier dessert is also a must-have with the likes of doughnuts and candy floss referencing the restaurant’s West Pier location.
Wright Brothers Various, London
If you’re looking for seafood in the city, there’s plenty of choices. But if you want the very best, The Wright Brothers’ Soho, Borough Market, South Kensington and Spitalfields restaurants will be hard to beat. Though famed for their oysters, which comes from their very own oyster farm in Cornwall, The Wright Brothers’ menu is expansive to say the list with basically any British seafaring animal you can think of popping up regularly on the ever-changing menu. You’ll always find the likes of London salmon, Atlantic prawns, Menai mussels, Devon crab and King scallops, but seabass, Cornish sardines, Rollmop herring and Rye Bay plaice are also regulars.
The Idle Rocks St Mawes, Cornwall
More a restaurant with a hotel than visa-versa, Idle Rocks in St Mawes, Cornwall, has gained a fearsome reputation in the last few years. Head Chef Guy Owens’ menu is characterised by imaginative cuisine influenced by French and Asian flavours. Both land and sea are covered with seasonal Cornish produce the order of the day. On the fish side of things, the Teriyaki Mackerel would be our pick for starter, while the Gilthead Seabream with Shellfish Bisque packs flavours on the sea. Though the food is serious fare, The Idle Rocks is more relaxed than you may think and the options of dining outside on the waterside terrace should be taken at every opportunity.
The Jetty Christchurch, Dorset
Situated right on the water’s edge overlooking Mudeford Quay in Dorset, The Jetty is headed by Alex Aitken, a former trawler man turned Michelin-starred chef. With that sort of background, it’s no surprise that Aitken’s menu consists of fresh fish caught and landed daily from Mudeford Quay, as well as seafood including local oysters, lobster and shrimps. While we’d always recommend some grilled whole fish, influences on the menu are diverse with the likes of the Sri-Lankan Style Curried Monkfish a real winner.
The Kilted Lobster Stockbridge, Edinburgh
For those in Scotland who can’t make it out to the Hebrides, Colin Hinds’s The Kilted Lobster in Edinburgh is the best it gets. From lobsters & champagne to Scottish langoustines, The Kilted Lobster is driven by the goal of creating diverse and sustainable seafood. Placing an importance on healthier produce, the restaurant smokes their own meats and seafood, uses natural preserves and pickling, and uses the best produce that Scotland has to offer with the likes of Isle of Mull Scallops and Wild Halibut, as well as Scottish game.
If you’re not into your seafood and want something heartier, here’s some of the UK’s very best pie shops!