Life here by the sea on the seafood coast is good. Not only do we enjoy the best seafood in the world but also a life filled with everything to do with the sea. Over time we will build a guide of some of the best things here, from activities to walks and restaurants, they will all be from personal experiences so you can sure they are good!
Mitch Tonks has a passion and understanding of seafood in this country and has made it his mission to get more people enjoying it and changing how they see our seafood. Along the big stretch of coastline from Dorset through Devon the conditions are conducive to producing amazing seafood, some of the best he has tasted on his travels over the years in search of great seafood eating and sustainable fishing. Here he explains why he has spearheaded this idea of our Seafood Coast.
“I was making a programme in Australia about 8 years ago in a place called the Eyre Peninsula, it was a wonderful environment with some really great seafood. A group of producers had got together and made a booklet about the seafood they caught and farmed, things like oysters, abalone, lobster, snapper, it was their attempt to get people to go the area and enjoy the joys of such things, of what was caught and available that was so fantastic and so close to their doors. Some years later I was pondering on this and how it show-cased their great coast and I thought about where our restaurants are near to the amazing fishing ports of Brixham, Newlyn and Plymouth and I thought back to that trip and came up with the idea that we needed to tell more people about this great local wonderful food and get to enjoy more it ourselves, rather than exporting so much. It is the place where the most diverse catch in the country is found, most of the country’s fishing effort is here in Brixhamand the quality is the best in the world. So this is England’s Seafood Coast and we should celebrate it. Our coastal towns have changed and there are so many more places to eat seafood, even fishermen have diversified and opened restaurants and fish shacks which are superb experiences, so coming to Englands Seafood Coast means you can not only enjoy the beautiful coastline but also the best seafood in the world which is the unique reason to come.”
Mitch shows you how to cook fresh mackerel on the BBQ in Torbay on England’s Seafood Coast
We asked our customers on facebook why they loved England’s Seafood Coast and this is what some of them said.
Sue: Moved here from surrey nearly 2 years ago. Have been warmly welcomed by everyone I've met. Torquay rocks and at last I can say with pride I LOVE where I live.
Linda: One of the pleasures of living on the coast is the great fish restaurants that are available to us with a great choice of fresh fish x
Sue: The fresh sea air, cool breeze and sandy toes, followed by a crisp glass of wine, delicious fish all with stunning views of our bay, Torbay!
Vix : I just love life by the sea - people watching & eating lovely fresh food. Sipping a cool drink as too watch the boats come home with fish. Pretty damn fab life here in the Bay #eatmorefish
Karen: Nothing more relaxing than a stroll along the seafront, the lights, the sounds and the view. Couldn't get any better......well except for a lovely meal at Rockfish beforehand
To make the most of your stay in Devon, download this great local cookbook, which the local Coast & Country Cottages team put together. It’s full or recipes and produce from the area. Download here >
Each year we hold the Dartmouth Crab Festival which is a celebration on the embankment of this wonderful seafood. Live music, great food and plenty of wine make for a sepcial day in the sun. Find out more here >
Our staff at Rockfish seafood restaurants talk about how they like to eat crab. Crab from the South West of England is the amongst best in the world, be sure to try it yourself or visit one of our restaruants where we've done all the hard work for you.
The crab caught of Britain’s Seafood Coast is some of the best in the world, we’re really spoilt for choice. We serve this crab in all of our restaurants as it can’t be beaten. We love it so much we even hold an annual crab festival in Dartmouth, celebrating this wonderful seafood with great food, wine and music. Find out more here >
2 of the biggest fishing ports in England are right next door to a Rockfish restaurant and we are really proud to source some of our fish from them. They’re so close that the fish is landed and then gets delivered by hand! Plymouth and Brixham have small fishing fleets landing some of the best quality fish everyday.
At Rockfish we’re big supporters of our local sailing and watersports communities, first sponsoring young sailor Henry Bomby in 2009 in his solo sail Round Britain & continuing through to his challenges for the prize in the Solitaire de Figaro offshore racing. We're also actively involved in providing kit & sails, boats & more to the juniors at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club & Brixham Junior Sailing Club. These are exciting times for these young people. Find out more here
You will find the Crab Shack down in Teignmouth - run by a fishermen this is probably some of the best crab in Devon, its a truly great place.
You will eat great crab here and enjoy the ride up river to get here, by road is also good, but the river is better ! across the road you will find one of the best pubs in Devon, the Ferry boat inn, theres always lots going on there ! the crabbing on the pontoon is the best in Devon !
Sea Kayak Devon offers guided kayak trips and courses on the stunning coastline around Dartmouth.
Highly qualified guides will bring you to secluded beaches, take you up close to amazing wildlife and explore secret coves. You can learn how to go fishing from your kayak and cook what you catch on a remote beach.
Try a fun taster session or join them for a full day adventure with a picnic in a beautiful spot away from the crowds.
Individuals, groups and families are all welcome; no experience is required and double kayaks are available so that parents with younger children can also join in the fun.
This is the ultimate way to explore the coast!