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Kingfisher joins restaurant royalty with princely sustainability score

Article Date: 2016-06-27

Plymouth chippy Kingfisher Fish & Chips has landed another top award to add to its already huge haul of honours – a Three Star Food Made rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

This latest award demonstrates that the restaurant with the world record for the menu with the most sustainable seafood items, is taking good care of everything it does, not just its food sourcing.

So customers looking for a healthier option, who want to know that the restaurant is actively supporting the local community and doing all it can to reduce waste, can eat at Kingfisher safe in the knowledge that it’s operating to an exceptional all round level of sustainability.

Craig Maw owner of Kingfisher, which this year was named the second best fish and chip shop in the UK and won the Good Catch award at the National Fish and Chip Awards, was delighted with his latest catch.

"It’s so important to us that we not only serve what we think is fabulous fish and chips, but that we know we can tell our customers that it’s all sustainably sourced. Without fish for the future we have no business.

"To be recognised for the work we do supporting the local community here in Plymouth and for everything we’re trying to do for the environment too is absolutely fantastic.”

Kingfisher joins River Cottage Canteen and Boston Tea Party among other Three Star Food Made restaurants in the Plymouth area.

The Food Made Good rating assesses all the ingredients that go into making a restaurant ethical and sustainable. Kingfisher demonstrated high standards across all aspects of the business – starting with the main ingredient, the fish, which is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

For those after a healthy eating experience, the kitchen is always happy to offer baked fish instead of fried and jacket potatoes in place of chips. And a gluten-free day is further evidence of Kingfisher’s commitment to match its customers’ dietary requirements.

The Food Made Good rating also considers what restaurants are doing for the environment and their community. A local football team and table tennis club are just two of the community organisations Kingfisher supports, as well as the Fishermen’s Mission. And Craig and his team work flat out to keep make sure they waste as little food as possible, using trimmings from their prime cuts of fish to make fish cakes.

Mark Linehan, Managing Director of the SRA, said: "Whether it’s a Sunday roast, a Saturday night treat, or fish and chips on a Friday, when people eat out they want to indulge their passion for good food without having to check in their principles at the door. Customers at Kingfisher can tuck into their fish supper knowing that with a Three Star Food Made Good rating it’s combining all the right ingredients to achieve an exceptional level off sustainability, so they can leave with a good taste in the mouth.”

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