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Diners take the bait at successful Anderson seafood night as Black Isle eatery's themed takeaway event helps raise important post-Brexit issue


By Hector MacKenzie

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Live lobsters just hours out of the waters off Isle of Skye, procured from ScotWest Seafoods of Kyle of Lochalsh, who have suffered a significant downturn in exports and surge in lobster and langoustine mortality since Brexit.
Live lobsters just hours out of the waters off Isle of Skye, procured from ScotWest Seafoods of Kyle of Lochalsh, who have suffered a significant downturn in exports and surge in lobster and langoustine mortality since Brexit.

A SEAFOOD night staged by a popular Black Isle eatery to highlight the challenges faced by the Scottish industry post-Brexit was a sizzling success.

The Anderson in Fortrose has been staging a series of themed takeway nights during the coronavirus crisis, operating within restrictions and drawing on the cosmopolitan experiences of owners Jim and Anne Anderson.

Last week's seafood night was, said Mr Anderson "perhaps the busiest of the 43 themed Saturday nights we've put on since lockdown first started".

He said: "We were happy that all the dishes sold equally well. The fish pie ended up with no less than seven different seafoods: salmon, whiting, smoked haddock, queenie scallops, monkfish, prawns and mussels, all from Scottish waters.

"The lobster macaroni and cheese had lobster only a few hours out of the waters just off the Isle of Skye.

"The vegan lasagna was layered with pasta sheets that we made by incorporating Scottish seaweed into it," he said.

Diner reaction was good: "Slightly wary of the seaweed lasagna but it was super good," said one customer via Facebook.

Mr Anderson added: "I urged everyone to write to Fergus Ewing and David Duguid (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Scotland Office) to try not only to improve the plight of Scottish fishers and exporters but also to release the £23m assistance that has been stalled."

"Thank you guys for raising this crucial issue so important to Scotland's economy," said another customer.

The next themed night – tonight – is Carnival (Mardi Gras). Find out more at https://www.theanderson.co.uk/online-ordering


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