Popular pub in final five of seafood competition

The Staith House on North Shields Fish Quay.

The Staith House on North Shields Fish Quay.

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A popular pub has been shortlisted for a top seafood restaurant award.

The Staith House, on North Shields Fish Quay, is in the final five of the 2016 Seafood Restaurant of the Year competition, run by Seafish and The Caterer.

Following a mystery dining visit and an in-depth group judging session, The Staith House was praised for its strong focus on utilising the finest quality, responsibly sourced local produce and for its knowledgeable serving staff.

The Staith House will now head to the final in London on September 7.

The winner will receive a bespoke trophy and a seafood masterclass.

In addition, three members of the team from the winning restaurant will receive an all-expenses paid study trip to either Brixham in Devon, or Peterhead in North East Scotland, to further hone their knowledge regarding the catching, processing and supply of seafood.

John Calton, a chef and one of the co-owners of The Staith House, said: “We are so proud and over the moon to have made it to the top five.

“This competition is vital to what we do, fish and shellfish is a major part of our offering and getting this far in the competition is like a pat on the back, some recognition for the hard work that all of the team put in.

“Making it to the final 10 was like winning the lottery but now to be in the top five is out of this world!”

Andy Gray, trade marketing manager at Seafish, said: “Making it to the top five of Seafood Restaurant of the Year is a great achievement for all of the finalists.

“It is recognition that they exhibit exceptionally high standards, excelling in providing customers with top quality fish and shellfish dining experiences.”