Some of you may be aware that we have been shortlisted for the 2013 Footprint Awards ‘Community Vote’. The Footprint Awards represent ‘the annual celebration of the work that organisations in the Foodservice industry are doing to in some way redress the balance for the benefit of themselves, their community and the industry at large. It is a celebration of initiative and innovation, of commercial imagination and endeavor’. Finalists for the Community Vote were first nominated by the general public, then voted for by peers and customers to reach the final shortlist of ten. I believe our commitment to local producers and low food miles as well as our use of sustainable fish especially our ‘Fish Fight Friday Specials’ stood us in good stead. The winner was announced at a glitzy awards ceremony in London on 23rd May, sadly we weren’t there as it was the start of our Beer Festival… we didn’t win, but came an extremely respectable runner up! [more info]
Co-incidentally around the time we found out about being shortlisted for the Community Vote Adnams announced their new beer ‘Fat Sprat’ which supports The Marine Conservation Society. So we decided that it would make a fabulous addition to our festival line up in celebration of our achievement. Fat Sprat will be on sale from the bar for the duration of our beer festival, it’s a 3.8% amber summer beer with grapefruit and spicy notes from the Columbus, English Goldings, Cascade & Chinook hops. It’s fantastic with fish like our line caught beer battered fish and chips or many of our sustainable fish specials.
If you want to know more about sustainable fish then have a look at Hugh’s Fish Fight, if you want to know who wins the Community Vote and the rest of the Footprint Awards follow them on Twitter tomorrow night, and if you want to support the environment and The Marine Conservation Society come along to our beer festival and enjoy some delicious sustainable fish with a crisp fresh pint of Fat Sprat (or any one of the other lovely beers we have on during the festival).
In true awards ceremony style I’d like to finish with a few thank you’s… Firstly all of our local suppliers, too many to mention individually, but a special thank you goes to Michelle at Direct Seafoods of Colchester who sources the best sustainable fish for our menu and specials. Secondly our chefs who continue to support our ethos putting innovative new dishes and great local suppliers on the menu. Thirdly the rest of our staff and our customers who support us and the local produce we use.