8, South Embankment
Fancy an award winning Fish and Chip meal?
Look no further! Nestling amongst all the wonderful fish and chip shops in Dartmouth is one of the best, according to the Times newspaper.
‘Rockfish’, at 8, South Embankment, Dartmouth, TQ6 9BH, (01803 832800), and owned by Mitch Tonks, has recently joined an elite group of fish and chip restaurants that have been judged to be the best in the country. It has been found to be of a standard fit to be named alongside establishments run by Des McDonald, previously head chef at The Ivy, and Mark Sargeant, one of Gordon Ramsey’s proteges. Accolades indeed! And this follows being judged the ‘Best Fish and Chip Restaurant in the UK’ by The National Fish and Chip Awards in 2013.
Rockfish is set in a prime location overlooking the spectacular River Dart. There can never be a dull moment when the views include all the activities that take place on the water. On cold days the establishment has a log burner inside a beach hut so that you can enjoy your seafood in a warm and cosy atmosphere and escape the chill winds outside.
When the sun does make an appearence, Rockfish has a takeaway establishment just down the road. It is situated at the top of the ramp opposite the lower ferry. It serves the same food that is available in the main restaurant but you can take it away to eat on the harbour side if you wish and the weather permits. Both shops are open every day from 12 – 9pm.
The menu that has put this fish and chip shop on the front pages is outstanding. There is something for everyone and all the produce is fresh and reliably sourced. If you take responsibility for the origins of your food, which more and more of us are doing these days, the menu is clearly labelled to enable you to make your choices. The basic, traditional Cod and chips meal states that the ‘Cod is the best we have found, fished from ice-cold water off the coast of Norway, and certified by the Marine Conservation Society as sustainable’. You can chose fish that was landed freshly at the Brixham Fisheries that morning for your meal, Plaice, Hake or Monkfish to be grilled or fried. There are smaller starter dishes that are equally explanatory – the Calamari is from the South Coast, the roasted half-shell Scallops were caught within a few miles of the restaurant, The Dartmouth Smokies have been made with locally caught Mackerel, and you can even taste freshly shucked Oysters from the local River Yealm.
Side accompaniments to your meal are extensive and include almost anything from Siracha Chilli sauce and Aioli to mushy peas and chip shop curry sauce!
Children will be happy to eat at Rockfish too, with pure Cod fish fingers, steak burgers, and grilled chicken breast to choose from. There are loads of soft drinks, juices, and shakes and floats as well. Vegetarians are offered a delicious burger of chickpeas and coriander.
Rockfish has two sister restaurants in Plymouth and Torquay, and each shop has its own speciality meal. In Dartmouth it is Fruit de Mer and it lives up to its name! Dressed Crab, King Prawns, North Atlantic prawns, local Oysters and Cockles. For a bit extra you can add half a Lobster to the platter.
If all that wasn’t enough, and if you can possibly manage it, there is a dessert menu of all the sweet, sticky puddings everyone loves. Banana Split, Knickerbocker Glory (for adults only… contains alcohol!), and chocolate Brownie.
Rockfish is certainly a special restaurant with a reliable and responsible menu, serving top quality seafood in a spectacular location. Underneath the name of the shop, just above the door, is the explanation for the award-winning fare, ‘Tomorrow's fish are still in the sea.’ Now that's not something that many of our UK fish and chip shops can boast!