The Old Boat House in Amble has won the prestigious title of Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year in the 2016 Fishing News Awards.

The awards, held in Aberdeen last Thursday, celebrate excellence across all areas of the fishing industry.

The Old Boat House Food Group, who also operate Blyth Boathouse restaurant and the newly opened Fish Shack at the Sea Quest in Amble hope the recognition from the awards helps encourage more people to visit the Northumberland region and to enjoy its produce.

Owner Martin Charlton said, “We’re incredibly proud of the award win and to see our hard work recognised. The proud people of Northumberland and the North East really got behind us on this and we’re overwhelmed and humbled by the support. It’s really showed off what this region and our county has to offer.”

The Old Boat House is committed using sustainable local produce and boast a fish licence that allows them to buy fresh catches straight from Amble’s fishing boats.

The award’s host, TV Chef Simon Rimmer said, “The Old Boat House puts a lot of emphasis on creating sumptuous meals from a variety of whichever fantastic fish are available on the day. Their philosophy behind serving seafood is something restaurants up and down the country would do well to take note of.”