The campaigning restaurant guide for people who want to eat fish – sustainably

In Partnership with Marine Conservation Society


182-186 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JQ

0191 456 1202

Fish2fork Rating
4.5 Blue Fish

Last rated: 07/02/2011

What we say

We have lavished praise on Colman's in the past for the way they have embraced the difficult issues involved in sustainability. In 2010 they picked up the inaugural Good Catch Award for best environmental practices '“ the latest in a long list of prizes for their pioneering work. In their restaurant a detailed mini-menu '“ packed with information for diners - sets out their procurement policy which includes locally caught fish from named boats, Icelandic cod, line caught haddock and MSC certified pollock. Salmon is no longer offered so that all fish at Colman's are now wild caught but we are concerned that turbot remains on the online menu '“ though Colman's assure us that it is no longer served and has been replaced by MSC-certified hake. Similarly the king prawn dish would perhaps be better described as Thai-style prawns as they are in fact Dublin Bay prawns. They have assured us that this is how it will appear on the future menu which is due to be produced in line with the approaching restaurant expansion. Colman's already had a creditable three Blue Fish score but with their latest raft of improvements '“ providing they are all fully implemented '“ they move up to 4.5 Blue Fish, ranking it with some of the best restaurants in the country.

What they say

It is always the intention of Colman's of South Shields to purchase only the finest quality fish from recognised and respected fish merchants and that those merchants guarantee that the fish they supply Colman's of South Shields has been sourced from sustainable and well managed fishing grounds. To ensure that our fish suppliers are aware of our deternimation to fulfil this procurement criteria we insist that they write to us confirming that the fish products supplied to our takeaway and restaurant are sourced from a sustainable stock. We also seek full traceability of our Fish and Seafoods.

About Colmans

A traditional but very serious fish and chips restaurant which has occupied the same site overlooking the sea for more than 80 years. Founded as a beach hut in 1905 it has been in the same family for four generations and is rightly proud of its history and achievements which include a UK TV Food Hero award, Fish and Chip Shop of the Year and Best takeaway. An extra large cod with all the trimmings costs £12.95; a special seafood platter costs £14.95.