How you can help Amble restaurant land a national honour

The Old Boat House restaurant, Amble Harbour.
The Old Boat House restaurant, Amble Harbour.

An Amble restaurant is in the running for a national award and it needs your support.

The Old Boat House has been named as one of two North East restaurants fighting to be crowned the best coastal fish eaterie in the country.

Martin Charlton and Kelly Marshall from The OId Boat House, winner of the WOW247 Fine Dining Award in March, with Rebecca Graham from sponsors Newton Hall. Picture by Lily Owens.

Martin Charlton and Kelly Marshall from The OId Boat House, winner of the WOW247 Fine Dining Award in March, with Rebecca Graham from sponsors Newton Hall. Picture by Lily Owens.

Both the Boat House and Longlands Fish Kitchen, in Tynemouth, have received the nod in the Coast Fish Restaurant of the Year category in the Fishing News Awards shortlist, which is open to public vote. Last month, the Amble venue won the Fine Dining Award at our Northumberland WOW247 honours.

The Old Boat House owner Martin Charlton believes that if successful, the prize would provide a positive boost to the tourism and culinary profile of Northumberland.

Mr Charlton said: “We’re incredibly proud of the nomination and to see our hard work recognised. We really believe that this isn’t just a nomination for The Old Boat House, it’s a nomination for the wonderful people and places of Northumberland who have made our business what it is”.

Martin’s wife Ruth, who also works in the business, said: “We source all our seafood responsibly from the local area, which we think was a key factor in us being nominated for Top Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year. Our customers expect and deserve quality and our a commitment to sustainability is a major part of that”.

A seafood platter at The Old Boat House restaurant, Amble.

A seafood platter at The Old Boat House restaurant, Amble.

The Old Boat House is committed using sustainable local produce and boasts a fish licence that allows it to buy fresh catches daily straight from Amble’s fishing boats.

Celebrity chef and awards host Simon Rimmer, co-presenter of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, said: “It’s no secret that the North East of England has long been a real hub for some of the world’s best seafood, so it’s not surprising to see these nominations for an award.

“The dedication shown by everyone in the seafood industry in the North East to maintain such a consistent, high-quality product is certainly worthy of recognition and I’m delighted I’ll get to play a part in celebrating these achievements.”

Resurrected after an eight-year absence, the Fishing News Awards celebrate the men and women who work long hours, often in extremely difficult conditions, to put healthy and sustainable food on our tables.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Aberdeen on Thursday, May 26, the evening before the Aberdeen Fishing Expo.

Fishing remains one of the UK’s most challenging occupations, with almost 12,000 fishermen still setting out to catch the 756,000 tonnes of seafood landed by British vessels each year.

For the full shortlist and to vote for your favourite before the closing date of Tuesday, May 10, visit www.fishingnewsawards.co.uk

Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #FishingAwards to see the conversation and join in.

David Linkie, editor of Fishing News, which is running the awards, said: “Fishing is a way of life, often continuing through the generations, but the daily risks that our fishermen face should never be underestimated. Knowing they are providing the best quality fish and seafood is reward in itself, but we feel that they deserve further recognition. This is precisely why Fishing News is hosting these awards; to celebrate the endeavour, determination and gritty commitment of those involved in the UK’s fishing industry over the past year.”