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The Rockfish Grill opened in 2008 and is one of more than a dozen restaurants launched by Mitch Tonks, the television chef and the author of four fish cookery books. It is located in Whiteladies Road in Bristol. The restaurant, which opens Tuesday to Sunday, operates in tandem with a fishmongers. Most of the fish served at the restaurant are landed at Brixham in Devon and close links are maintained with the fishermen there. It doesn’t yet have a Google rating but gets 4 stars from Tripadvisor. A meal costs £25 to £30 on average but a set two course lunch and evening meal is £12.50.
Fish so fresh, tomorrow's is still in the sea! At the RockFish Grill we serve the freshest seafood in town. The restaurant is relaxed and the service informal, this is a place to sit and enjoy the freshest of seafood simply prepared and cooked to your liking. A speciality of ours is cooking fish over a charcoal fire which gives it a unique and delicious Mediterranean flavour. Our fish is delivered daily from port of Brixham on the South Devon coast where some of the best fish in the world is landed, we get the best of the day's catch - every day. Our story and passion starts way before the fish reaches the grill and we work tirelessly with our fishermen and merchants to ensure we are only ever buying the best in responsibly caught fish.
Fish2fork greatly admires Mitch Tonks and his approach to sustainability. He regards sustainability so seriously that RockFish is one of the few restaurants to have a sustainability policy available to customers. Furthermore, he lists all the seafood he uses and tells diners where it came from, and we welcome his promise to pull wild halibut - a species that is depleted in the Atlantic - off the menu. But he loses marks for serving ray. Rays, especially larger varieties like blonde rays, are considered to be vulnerable to overfishing, though RockFish only takes them as bycatch. Mr Tonks, whose opinion isn’t to be dismissed lightly, disagrees with Fish2fork’s adherence to the MCS guidance on fish. We are delighted that the RockFish Grill has improved its Fish2fork rating from 2 to 2.5 blue fish and feel sure he is only a whisker away from an even higher score.