4 and a half blue fish  Surveyed 22/03/2011

About this restaurant

Idyllic setting on the beach at Porthminster with wonderful views of St Ives Bay from the restaurant and deck terrace. It operates more as a bistro during the day offering coffee and croissants in the morning, bowls of mussels at lunchtime and moving more upmarket in the evening to dishes such as belly pork and monkfish curry.

Aussie chef and partner Mick Smith, who offers Mediterranean and Asian seafood, is a strong environmentalist keen on recycling who tries to ensure all his produce, including seafood, is sourced locally without the need for long journeys by air or road. Herbs and vegetables come from the restaurant’s own gardens.

Fish and chips at lunchtime costs £11.95p; two courses for about £21. A two course fish dinner: about £23.

Four stars on Google.

They say...

Porthminster Beach is an award winning seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.

We say...

Porthminster Beach has worked hard to improve its sustainability policies which it explains in a brochure alongside the menu on every table. The menu changes daily and reflects what is being caught in local Cornish waters but it will normally include Cornish shrimp and line-caught haddock, monkfish and hake. Haddock rather than cod are used in the restaurant’s fish and chips. We have nothing but praise for the efforts being made and are delighted to see Porthminster’s score rising to 4.5 Blue fish putting it among the best restaurants in the country.

Our rating system and what it means

The fish2fork.com rating system is designed to inform customers whether a restaurant is doing all it can to serve sustainable seafood and reduce its impact on our oceans at a time when overfishing is perhaps the greatest threat to marine life on 70 per cent of the planet's surface.

It also functions as a regular restaurant review website where diners can share their culinary experiences with others.

Restaurants are scored for the sustainability of the fish on their menu and their sourcing policies by filling in our questionnaire. Restaurants are invited to fill in these questionnaires, as are their customers.

When rating restaurants, we look to see whether any of the seafood they are serving is listed as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List www.iucnredlist.org; we also look at whether any of the seafood they serve appears as a "fish to avoid" - because fish stocks are not well managed - on the guides published online by Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch www.montereybayaquarium.org in the USA or on the similar guide compiled by the Marine Conservation Society at www.fishonline.org in the UK.

We also score and review restaurants according to whether they provide full information about which species of fish or shellfish they serve on the menu, whether they say if it is farmed, and whether they state how it is caught. If the fish is farmed, we look at whether trouble was taken to avoid depleting overfished fish stocks of small fish used in fish food. We look at whether the restaurant has a policy on sustainable seafood sourcing where fish is caught by the most selective and least damaging methods, such as the Seafood Watch pledge, and whether fish are traceable from "boat to plate".

Where restaurants have declined, or otherwise been unable, to complete a questionnaire, fish2fork.com has awarded ratings on information available on their websites during the initial survey period. We believe it is entirely valid to rate restaurants principally by their online offering as this is often the principal means that concerned customers can decide whether to visit a restaurant in the first place. We believe that it is in a restaurant's interests to provide us with information on its sourcing policies, however, as there is a limit to the information that can be carried on the menu.

We have gone to some trouble to check all the information on this website, but if we have got any entry wrong for any reason, please let us know and we will quickly correct it.

Scores are converted into a rating: the best restaurants for sustainability receiving up to 5 Blue Fish and the worst, up to 5 Red Fish. Our reviews will tell you why we have awarded the ratings we have, but we will always welcome your views and findings.

5 blue fish             5 Blue Fish Best in class! This restaurant really cares about sustainability and does absolutely everything to ensure it sources and serves seafood from well managed and certified fisheries and provides good information on what it is doing. Eat in this restaurant with a totally clear conscience.

4 blue fish             4 Blue Fish An excellent restaurant which does its best to follow all the rules on sustainability. Eat here and enjoy without worrying about damaging fish stocks.

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