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Black Isle seafood night to throw spotlight on Brexit 'mess' facing seafood sector; Award-winning Ross-shire restaurant set to tantalise taste buds with awareness-raising culinary venture


By Hector MacKenzie

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The Anderson in Fortrose is run by American couple Jim (pictured) and Anne Anderson.
The Anderson in Fortrose is run by American couple Jim (pictured) and Anne Anderson.

AN acclaimed Black Isle eatery is set to throw the spotlight on the "mess" Brexit has left many in the Scottish fishing industry in by staging a seafood night with a difference.

The award-winning Fortrose restaurant with rooms has tapped into the cosmopolitan skills of its owners Jim and Anne Anderson with a series of lockdown takeaway menus which have offered a taste of the world.

It is abiding by coronavirus restrictions and operating as a takeaway.

For this coming Saturday, it plans staying closer to home to help raise awareness of the difficulties the sector faces.

It posted: "You may be aware of the mess that Brexit has left Scotland's fishers and exporters in. Limited access to EU markets, paperwork nightmares and unfamiliar procedures have threatened to damage a sector that is a mainstay of Scotland's economy. We'd like to raise awareness of this situation by holding Scottish Seafood Nite this Saturday.

"We're collecting seafood from the Highlands and Islands and using mussles, lobsters, langoustines and other delicacies to create a menu of old favourites with an undersea spin.

"But there's more to seafood than crustaceans, molluscs and whatever you call the finny things. We'll also create a vegan dish using Scottish seaweed, to make sure that everyone gets a good dose of iodine.

"We've also written to Parliament to find out the best way to have our voices heard, should you wish to help protest the situation. The menu will go live on our website tomorrow. Until then, hang in there!"

The gesture has been welcomed by customers and those with an interest in the issue. Kate Young posted: "Thank you guys for raising this crucial issue so important to Scotland's economy."

Others have indicated a willingness to support the venture.

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