Seafood pub sails away with new chefs’ honour

Antony Shirley and Joycelyn Neve raise a glass to their award.
Antony Shirley and Joycelyn Neve raise a glass to their award.

A chain which operates the Fenwick Arms at Claughton has been given a top honour by a newly-formed national body for professional chefs.

The Seafood Pub Company was given the Best Pub Group Menu award at the inaugural Development Chef Awards at London’s Westminster Kingsway College.

Judges were looking for a balanced multi-site menu of dishes tailored to a defined target market and appropriately priced.

The chain, set up three years ago, will open its fifth and sixth pubs in Lancashire this summer. Managing director Joycelyn Neve said the title was national recognition for executive chef Antony Shirley – former sous chef at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London and head chef at Raffles in the West Indies.

She said: “With Antony’s contribution we are now a major player in a highly competitive industry and are listed in the current ‘Good Food Guide’.

“But it goes beyond one man – the entire kitchen team he has put together across all our sites has defined an unfussy, imaginative food offering for discerning customers in stylish venues.

“A consistent wow factor is critical to what we do and the whole team shares responsibility for our success.”