Youngsters at a Whitby primary school found out how fish is prepared and served when they were invited along to Trencher’s Restaurant.
Manager Andrew Wilkinson contacted Airy Hill School to organise a visit to the New Quay Road restaurant, as part of seafood week.
Year two was the very lucky class that got to snatch up the trip because it fitted in nicely with the youngsters’ topic of Our Whitby, Our World.
They arrived at Trenchers, in the morning, to a demonstration of local fish, provided by Dennis Crooks fish merchants.
The assistant manager provided a talk about the amounts of fish, potatoes and sauce it takes to feed all of Trenchers’ customers.
Class teacher Eve Locker said: “We were all shocked with the tonnes of potatoes they manage go through.”
Upstairs, they had a range of different fish species on display – a 28kg halibut, flat fish, haddock and more.
“William Crooks was kind enough to fillet some of the fish in front of us and even impressed the children by cutting out the eyes and finding the lens,” said Miss Locker.
“Most children were fascinated by this but a few stood back feeling rather squeamish. However, this did not dull the appetites of 25 children and three members of staff.
“They all managed to eat a full meal followed by a delicious dessert, all courtesy of Trenchers.
“Trenchers and Dennis Crook Fish Merchants went to a lot of trouble and expense to create this experience for our class and we would like to thank them.
“In fact, the children are writing letters of thanks as part of their literacy and good citizenship.”
Seafood Week, organised by Seafish, has proved a popular venture locally. The Fisherman’s Wife on Khyber Pass reunited some of the town’s former fishermen and their wives and treated them all to fish and chips, while The Magpie Cafe on Pier Road promoted the health benefits of seafood.