An award winning food writer, restaurateur and fishmonger, and also our Dartmouth Food Festival Advocate.. 

Mitch Tonks gives us the low-down…

My Foodie Life

Q. How long have you lived in South Devon?

I live in Brixham, I’ve been here for 9 years and I absolutely love life there. I moved down here from Bath and opened the Seahorse restaurant in 2008.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do in Dartmouth?

Just walking around, the Castle, the water of course. But I like the spirit of the town and moving from bar to bar, I particularly like the right hand bar of the Royal Castle!

Q. How big is the biggest fish you’ve caught?

About 30lb – a yellowfin tuna.

Q.Who inspired you to cook?

My grandmother and Gary Jones, the head chef at Le Manoir.

Q. We all know we should eat sustainably, with that in mind what is your favourite seasonal dish for October?

Anything local and in season, our fisheries are well managed, we can trust them.

Q. Some very important questions: chips or mash?


Q. Do you mushy pea?

Yes! With loads of white pepper and vinegar.

Q. Tartar sauce or Ketchup?

Tartar saurce for sure, with chilli.

Q. If you had to choose a ‘last supper’, what would it be?

Probably some kind of pasta and a grilled red mullet, perhaps a ragu of veal. 

Q. What are you looking forward to most at the Dartmouth Food Festival this year?

The whole thing. It is a brilliant festival, the atmosphere in the town is just amazing, I love every minute of it.

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