Discover our great Fish Supper supporters
Through our partnership with the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), you can support the RNLI when you dine out for your Fish Supper at participating fish and chip shops across the UK. To discover what makes a great chippie - and why there’s a natural bond with the RNLI - we caught up with Calum Richardson, owner of The Bay Fish & Chip Shop in Stonehaven, and winner of the 2013 National Fish & Chip Awards.
Support that counts
Every penny you raise with a Fish Supper supports the RNLI’s lifesaving work.
“We need people out there not just supporting fishermen, but also supporting people who get into trouble out at sea. To offer this support on a 24/7 basis, the RNLI need our funds and support. Fish Supper is a great way of raising awareness and we’re really looking forward to being involved in any way we can,” says Calum.
“The Bay is also one of the most highly rated restaurants in the UK by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. We’re also the first fish and chip business to receive the Marine Stewardship Council accreditation for 100% traceability of our North Sea Haddock from sea to plate. The North Sea Cod and Coley on our menu is also MSC accredited,” says Calum.
If you are heading down to your local chippie, look out for the Blue Tick on the menu – that means your fish is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainably caught.
Thanks to organisations like the NFFF, fish and chips remains one of our favourite suppers. In fact, the average person in the UK chops their way through six each year. Pick one up for your Fish Supper, and at least one will count that bit extra.
Local chippie, local catch
“The quality and provenance of the ingredients used at The Bay is crucial to our success,” says Calum. ”The Bay’s white fish comes from Coupers in Aberdeen, the langoustines are sourced from local boats in nearby Gourdon and the lobsters from Stonehaven harbour, just a stone’s throw from The Bay itself.”
The National Federation of Fish Friers is committed to raising industry standards through its Quality Award scheme. So when you pick up your Fish Supper at an NFFF chippie, there’s a better chance you’re getting the good stuff, and from local waters too.
At the heart of the community
The Bay supports Stonehaven RNLI through charity events and by having a donation box on the counter. Once a week, they even donate a stack of bacon and sausages to the local crew following training exercises or call-outs. “A lot of the volunteers are folk I went to school with or parents of friends of mine,” explains Calum. “It’s a real community project.”
When the fishermen who land the catch that fills the frier find themselves in trouble, they count on the RNLI to be on their way. We’re all part of the same community. You can watch our video on our rescue of Lerwick trawlermen.
Serve the nation’s favourite dish… fish and chips
Want to host the perfect fish supper? Keep it simple, and serve up one of the classic national dishes of Great Britain. Fish and chips has become a cultural and culinary symbol of our country, instantly recognised as British the world over. The National Federation of Fish Friers works to protect and promote the fish and chip industry as a whole.