Stein’s named best in west

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The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow has been recognised as the West of England Business of the Year 2011, in the sub-£25 million turnover category.

Rick and Jill Stein’s Seafood Restaurant is the first Cornish company to have won the award in the last five years.

Tracey Bentham, of award organiser PriceWaterhouseCoopers and chair of the judging panel, said: “The judges’ decision was unanimous in choosing the Seafood Restaurant as a worthy winner. The great progress they have made in the last year was most impressive to the judges, not only in developing their new Falmouth businesses, but also in the structure and strategy within the organisation. We were also impressed with their plans to keep growing in the future”.

The Seafood Restaurant was established by Rick and Jill Stein in 1975 and currently employs more than 350 staff (which rises to around 450 during the summer months).

The business consists of six restaurants; The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Café and Stein’s Fish & Chips in Padstow, as well as Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips and Seafood Bar in Falmouth. The company also operates four retail outlets, a pub, 40 bedrooms, a cookery school, mail order department and production unit.

Rick Stein commented: “After 35 years, we’ve been blessed with more than our fair share of culinary awards, but the Business of the Year is particularly pleasing to us because it recognises our belief in the vital part that good management plays in a growing business like ours. We are all chuffed to bits to have won.”