Our fish can always be traced back to the boat and skipper that caught it – we put our sourcing policy in to practice.
At Papa’s we are committed to using a wealth of resources and working closely with our trusted suppliers and industry leaders to source our fish sustainably. We continually audit and re-audit our menu to ensure our sourcing policy is adhered to – as a minimum we check ratings on a monthly basis. In the interest of transparency, we will always display up-to-date information regarding the provenance of our fish on our Sourcing Boards – which can be viewed in the restaurant and takeaway. As a minimum, we will always provide the species, location of the catch and the boat name. Where available we will also state the catch method, processing method and any further information or accreditations.
We are committed to using fresh/wet fish in our restaurants and takeaways. This fish will always have been caught by boats which have sailed from Peterhead (Scotland) or Norway. All the fish we serve is processed on the Grimsby Docks, a short distance from our restaurants. We will regularly visit the boats, the Grimsby Fish Market and the Processing Plant where our fish is prepared. This is not only to ensure its quality, but also to ensure the high standards of transportation, preparation, storage and crew/staff working conditions. On rare occasions, due to the seasonal availability of fresh/wet fish and the implications of weather or supply, we will, from time to time, use high quality FAS (frozen at sea) fish. This fish will always pass the same rigorous quality inspections of our fresh/wet fish and will always be processed on the Grimsby Docks. Please feel free to refer to our up-to-date sourcing board or ask a member of the team to find out the source or processing method of any fish when visiting the restaurant.
We only sell wild-capture and farmed fish from sustainably and responsibly managed fisheries.
To achieve this goal we work closely with Seafish – the authority on seafood – and regularly use the Seafish RASS (Risk Assessing when Sourcing Seafood) Tool. This tool enables us to source the highest quality fish while making informed decision on various factors, including; stock status, bycatch, habitat and management.
We also work closely to MCS (Marine Conservation Society) Guidelines. The MCS Guidelines rank fish species from 1 to 5 (1 being the best and 5 being the worst). These rankings are decided by a team of scientists and marine biologists who take into account various factors including current stock levels and environmental impact of fishing.
We are committed to only selling fish species in our takeaway and restaurant which is ranked 1-2 (known as ‘Best Choices’). We will occasionally sell species which are ranked 3 (known as ‘Not to eat too often’), to provide our guests with variety and choice. We will never serve a fish which is ranked 4-5 (known as ‘Fish to avoid’). We are continually committed to lowering the ranking of fish we serve. All current fish rating can be found on the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)’s website www.mcsuk.org/goodfishguide and available in our restaurants and takeaways by speaking with a member of the team.
Our suppliers of Fish on the Grimsby Docks all hold MSC Chain of Custody Certification. We are proud to also hold the chain of custody at our Cleethorpes restaurant and have held the accreditation at our Willerby restaurant. MSC provides the gold standard, in ensuring that fish has been sourced from well-managed and sustainable fisheries. Papa’s have committed to ensuring all of its Haddock and Cod is MSC accredited for the foreseeable future. Currently, our Plaice and Greenland Prawns are also sourced from MSC accredited fisheries.
Papa’s menu has been independently reviewed and received Fish2Fork rating of 4.5 (the joint highest rating in the UK). This rating takes into account the provenance of all seafood on our menu.
Papa’s were early members of the Sustainable Fish City Campaign www.sustainweb.org – signing the online pledge to state our commitment to sourcing sustainably across our menu. We are the only Fish & Chip Restaurant in the region to have taken this step and signed the pledge.
The provenance of our ingredients is of paramount importance, regardless of the supplier, we will always ask for confirmation of the exact species being supplied, the catch method employed, production method and country of origin.
We are committed to stamping out modern slavery and do not tolerate any form of modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain. As a minimum we request all suppliers to respect the Ethical Trading Initiative www.ethicaltrade.org Base Code to protect workers’ rights.