Fish People Cafe wins best seafood restaurant –

Fish People Cafe wins best seafood restaurant Published:  06 June, 2013

The highlight of the Scottish Restaurant Awards 2013 for Seafood Scotland last night was the presentation to the Fish People Café in Glasgow, winner of the ‘Best Seafood Restaurant of the Year’ category.

“Congratulations to the Fish People Café, which was a worthy winner of this award through their efforts to create outstanding seafood dishes, offer first class customer service and a top quality dining experience,” said Graham Young, head of Seafood Scotland.  “The restaurant is a highly popular destination for seafood lovers and is about to become even more popular.” he added. 

Sponsorship of the award is part of a wider package of activity being undertaken by Seafood Scotland to create awareness amongst chefs and the food service supply chain, of the wealth of seafood caught in Scottish waters.   

“Our aim is to encourage chefs to support the industry by buying more Scottish seafood,” explained marketing manager Shona Price.  “We are doing this by assisting them to source top quality products through our work with markets, processors and suppliers, which ensures that the supply chain understand the exacting needs of chefs.” 

“As part of the sponsorship, Seafood Scotland sent all 33 finalists a seafood seasonality guide and a ‘Love Seafood, Love Scottish’ magnet to keep in their kitchens, reminding them to ‘think local’. We also took the blogger Jonathan Trew to Peterhead to blog about industry, and ensured that fish featured on the menu at the awards dinner, so that everyone had the opportunity to experience the amazing quality of Scottish seafood,” said Shona.

For owner Andy Bell and manager Graham Hamilton, winning the award was the culmination of a lot of hard work in building up a successful business, and acknowledgement of the passion that has been put into running the Fish People Cafe.  “We were truly delighted to win this award.” exclaimed Graham.  “We originally opened as a fish and chip shop, then we became a fish shop with seats, and now we’re Seafood Restaurant of the Year.  Scottish seafood is so important to the restaurant industry in this country, and the quality ensures that we can serve our customers the very best. It’s great for Glasgow to have another seafood restaurant on the map and we’re all very proud of what we’ve achieved in a short time.”

Owners of the runner up restaurants Café Fish in Edinburgh and The Tollbooth in Stonehaven, congratulated the winner amidst their disappointment of being pippedto the post for the title.