Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish Opening August in Weymouth
The latest opening of the casual dining mini chain Rockfish opens its doors to Weymouth locals at the beginning of August, with general reservations available from 8th August. The building is underway and the restaurant is beginning to take shape with handover from builders scheduled for the end of July. The site itself marks its 100th year anniversary when the Dorothy Inn, originally on the premises, first opened so it is fitting timing for this new addition to the Weymouth food scene to appear.
The restaurant is located, like all Rockfish restaurants, right by the waterside, Mitch says “I just think fish tastes better when you are right next to the place where it was landed”. Rockfish, who have Portland pearl oysters on their menu, have their own buyers on the daily fish market in Brixham and will be working with local Dorset fishermen too, supporting the fishing communities along the southern seaboard as well as buying sustainably sourced fish elsewhere.
Mitch, who lives in Brixham, metres from England’s biggest fishing market, said, “I have always loved the beach at Weymouth and the atmosphere around the harbour. I waterskied there a lot when I was younger and last year sailed into the harbour on a warm evening and reminded myself what a special place it is. Weymouth has a vibrant restaurant scene and we are looking forward to being part of it and the local community generally. Rockfish is a seafood restaurant that aims to make seafood accessible to everyone. We’ve had great welcomes and successes in other small coastal towns like Torquay, Brixham and Exmouth and hoping we can be a great addition to Weymouth.”
Rockfish will have a stall selling monkfish and prawn burgers and their legendary crab tacos at this year’s Nyetimber Dorset Seafood festival and Mitch will be partnering up with good friend and chef Mark Hix on the demo stage for what usually results in a fun and lighthearted cookery class with plenty of stories of travels and funny anecdotes of their history together. The pair have helped to create and blend their own wine, Tonnix, a pun on their names, it is from the Portuguese winery Quinta de la Rosa.
The Rockfish openings will include a few cracking pre-opening services which are heavily discounted and aimed at locals, to put the kitchen and restaurant through a ‘stress test’, something available to anyone signed up to their newsletter on a first come first served basis – locals should sign up here to hear www.therockfish.co.uk/restaurants/weymouth