Rockfish Plymouth gets a fresh look – and some brill new offerings! Plymouth’s award-winning Rockfish seafood restaurant has re-opened after a £200,000 refurbishment in March which has added even more of a wow factor to the harbourside eatery. The makeover inside includes bigger windows which have opened up sweeping harbour and sea views for all diners and there’s also a new bar area where people can enjoy a coffee or a drink without having to eat. Outside, Rockfish now has the biggest al fresco dining area in Plymouth where diners can enjoy waiter service, while half of the area is for takeaway customers to also sit and eat their meals with a drink from the bar if they wish. The kitchen has been kitted out with new equipment to allow a greater choice of cooking methods: it can now serve your seafood fried, traditional grilled, chargrilled or cooked on a plancha range, which is a flat grill. Rockfish Plymouth was opened four years ago by wellknown restaurateur, chef and food writer, Mitch Tonks. Mitch
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now has five Rockfish restaurants in Devon – the others are in Brixham, Dartmouth, Torquay and Exmouth – and a sixth is planned for opening in Exeter in early 2018. He also has his Seahorse restaurant in Dartmouth. Rockfish Plymouth occupies a prime site right next to the The Rockfish Team National Marine Aquarium and is just yards away from Plymouth Fish Market. The views from the new windows take in Sutton Harbour, the Barbican and out towards the Sound, which means you get to see the fishing boats coming and going. It is, says Mitch, a pretty special sight: “You’re sitting here watching the fish come ashore, there’s fish on the grill and the beer’s cold. It’s just the perfect environment. “Because this was a building that wasn’t designed as a restaurant when we first moved in – it was an office block – we wanted to create some warmth in here but we realised that in doing so we’d actually blocked the views a little bit,” he added. “We’ve now opened it up so that wherever you’re sitting in the restaurant, you can see the boats moving past."
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