A POPULAR restaurant in Weymouth has been crowned England’s best seafood restaurant.
Sea Beats on The Esplanade not only won Best Seafood Restaurant in the Southern Region, but was also crowned Best in the Country at the Food Awards England 2022.
The prestigious food awards recognize the success of local professionals and establishments that continue to deliver exceptional flavors and experiences to their customers.
Sea Beats, run by Adam Foster and Shane Timbrell, has previously been crowned the South’s Best Seafood Establishment at the 2019 Awards.
Owner and chef of Sea Beats, Mr Foster, was born in Weymouth and educated at Weymouth College: he was previously head chef at the Crab House Café in Wyke Regis, which was also nominated for the award, for nine years before d open Sea beats in 2017.
The establishment faced fierce competition from Crab House Café (Weymouth), Crab & Lobster (Chichester), Purslane Restaurant (Cheltenham), Cricket Inn (Kingsbridge), Dennys Lobster & Oyster Seafood Restaurant (Chislehurst) and The Company Shed (Colchester).
Mr. Foster: “We do our best to create a place with a great atmosphere and to make simple dishes with good flavors.
“There is a lot of hard work and dedication in the restaurant, but we love what we do.”
Restaurant manager Mike Wheeler said: “The chefs I work for here are the best chefs I have ever worked for and I was confident we could win the regionals. But I was really happy to hear that we had won the national award.
“I wanted to make sure on the night I congratulated the team and thanked Adam and Shane who are incredibly kind and humble owners.”
Local resident Sally Kropacek, who regularly dines at Sea Beats with her husband Nick, was delighted to hear that one of her favorite restaurants had won the award and said it deserved the accolade.
She said: “The food there is excellent. For them to win these two awards is an incredible thing for Weymouth.
A Food Awards England spokesperson said: “These awards are to recognize those who work hard in the city’s food industry and help make England a foodie place to visit.
“It is true that England combines tastes and flavors from around the world and visitors can find different restaurants, gastro pubs and bistros to suit their needs.
“These people enhance the country’s reputation nationally and internationally, and we want to make sure that the hard work of England’s food professionals does not go unnoticed.
“It was nice to be part of this celebration and we would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners for their achievements!”