At the end of summer 2019 Mitch and Rockfish took the very exciting step into a partnership to supply direct to our own restaurants from our fishing boat Rockfisher.  It's landing fish outside our Brixham restaurant where it's prepared by Jamie at the retail fish market and then sent off in the Rockfish van to the restaurants to arrive before lunch. So it's served on your plate the day it's landed! Keep a look out for the Rockfisher next time you're in Brixham and give our skipper a wave to wish him well on his adventures out at sea.

It's been one of Mitch’s goals since opening the first Rockfish in Dartmouth in 2010, to have his own boat landing fish for the restaurants. 'Being able to catch and cook our own fish and bring it from sea to plate each day is unique for a seafood restaurant group and we are delighted to be able to offer this experience to our customers. Our beautiful blue boat Rockfisher takes to the seas all the way along England's Seafood Coast and up to Dorset, we cook up her entire daily catch and serve it to you by lunchtime. With the entire daily catch from Rockfisher in addition to the fish we source from Brixham Fish Market and elsewhere, we now have such an incredible selection and variety to offer'.

Mitch is very happy to have teamed up with the co-owners and business partners Nick Fisher and Jamie Macdonald who provided the backing behind the boat and have been paramount to getting the boat out to sea to make this dream possible. 

Mitch says ‘With a beautiful boat and the infectious enthusiasm from our skipper, it’s a very exciting partnership, bringing fish of such great quality ourselves direct to our customers on the same day and with close to zero food miles, it really is a dream come true for us. I think there is something unique and truly wonderful about fish restaurants working directly with fishermen, it's so important to be as close to the source as possible. As we have grown we have built a facility in Brixham to handle the whole catch directly from the boat to prepare it and send it daily to our restaurant”.

Our skipper says “ In Britain we export 75% of what we catch from our seas, and import 80% of the fish that we eat like prawns, tuna, cod and salmon. Basically, we don’t eat our own fish. This has always struck me as immensely sad. Why do we export all the good stuff - the brown crabs, velvet crabs, spider crabs, lobsters, gurnard, squid, cuttlefish, bass, black bream, monkfish, soles and delicious line caught mackerel? I want to see our fish; British fish, caught and enjoyed in this country, cooked, shucked, picked and devoured. I want it to be loved and cherished and that’s what we do on the Rockfish Trawler. We catch the best fish and we treat it in the most respectful and careful manner possible, was so that when it leaves the hold of our trawler, iced in boxes each day, it could not be any fresher or in any finer condition.'

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