What we say
This restaurant, pub and fishmonger have an upfront and robust policy on sustainability which they place at the heart of their philosophy. Its sustainability message is the first thing to be seen on the menu and does Sankey's great credit. It is heartwarming to see underused species such as megrim, John Dory and gurnard on the menu. It uses organic farmed Gigha halibut, Dover sole from a recognised and certified fishery and Loch Duart salmon, which does its best to avoid fishmeal from unsustainable stocks. It does use King prawn but we are assured by their supplier that these are from an approved Madagascan organic farm. There is a lot of shellfish on the menu but it is all pot or creel caught and none of the shellfish is dredged. Sankey's continues to operate a scheme where one lobster is released under a hatchery scheme for each one sold. We are delighted that Sankey's continues to prosper while still abiding by its sustainability rules and it thoroughly deserves its 4.5 Blue Fish rating.
What they say
Sankey's has always had strong concerns for the welfare of the world's fisheries. We believe that some fisheries are being heavily over fished and will not purchase fish caught in these fisheries. Sankey's has made a commitment to ensure that neither the Fishmongers nor the Seafood Brasserie will knowingly buy or sell fish from an unsustainable source.
About Sankey's Seafood Brasserie & Oyster Bar
A family-owned and run pub, brasserie and fishmonger in one business in Royal Tunbridge Wells. When we first reviewed Sankey’s we praised them for their outstanding commitment to sustainability and this still seems to be the case.
The pub offers a seafood sharing platter for £15.50; moules mariniere for £8 and traditional beer-battered fish and chips for £10.95.
The brasserie offers paella to share for £42 and surf ‘n turf – consisting of a whole Cornish lobster, five rib eye steaks, chips and salad – for £58.
The fishmonger is further down the road and boasts: “Sustainability is as important here as it is in the Brasseries and every effort is made to ensure that our products are sourced as responsibly as possible.”