Award Winning ‘Eco-chippy’ Raises Standards for Sustainable Fish and Chips

The Pot & Fin restaurant in Warwick town centre ( has a refreshingly forward-thinking attitude to fish and chips. It’s not your usual chippy: as well as being committed to serving top-notch fare, the restaurant has made a firm commitment to sustainability too.

Keenly aware that we’re only borrowing our planet, Sudeep Brar, the restaurant’s owner, serves only wild fish from sustainable seas. However, his commitment to the environment goes further than his fish: almost everything inside the Pot & Fin is locally sourced and environmentally friendly.

With potatoes from local farms and sausages from Rumps The Butchers (just down the road from the restaurant), plus local antique and reclaimed furniture, the Pot & Fin is a real local business. If you eat in the upstairs restaurant, you will be surrounded by local art and photography, all of which is available to purchase. The restaurant is Warwick through and through.

Sudeep said: “A serving of fish and chips is one of our Great British Meals, but I was consistently disappointed with ‘normal’ fish suppers. Limp chips, soft batter, and glow-in-the-dark saveloy and mushy peas are not very appealing. I began to question why people would pay for this. So I decided to open my own restaurant!

“As a society, we’re responsible for the food we eat and how we source it. We’re heading towards a food crisis – particularly with fish. If it runs out, we’re all in trouble – and there’ll be no more fish and chip suppers. As well as serving really good food, I wanted to ensure that my restaurant was good for the environment and local community too.”

Chips in the Pot & Fin are cooked traditionally in beef dripping (from local sources) and everything is cooked to order. The batter covering the Pot & Fin fish is light and crispy, like a tempura batter – and it’s cooked to a secret formula.

The award winning restaurant scooped Touch FM radio’s the Pride of Warwick Hospitality Business of the Year award in July this year and recently been shortlisted for the crown of the UK’s best independent chippy. The National Fish and Chip Awards 2014 is organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood culminating in an awards ceremony hosted by Jean-Christophe Novelli on 22 January 2014

Sudeep is working towards certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, and hopes that the Pot & Fin will be the start of a much larger eco-chippy movement all around the UK.

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