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About Rockfish

Rockfish have seven seafood restaurants and takeaways in South Devon and Dorset.

Founded in 2008 by restaurateur Mitch Tonks, Rockfish celebrates the very best of local and sustainable seafood with a menu of local fish, freshly fried, grilled or cooked on the plancha, plus a great menu from cracked crab to scallops in the half shell, from fried local hake to whole sea bass depending on the season, unlimited fresh cut chips, salads, garlic bread, sundaes and whipped ice creams.

In an industry where short-term employment is commonplace, Rockfish try as hard as possible to be a great place to work, to create jobs that people enjoy and be a company where people can settle down and build a career.

This ethos seems to be working for Rockfish - people tend to stay with them for a long time. They are sure that decent money helps, but they think there is a lot more to creating great jobs than just paying well.

Rockfish have a comprehensive training programme and a dedicated trainer within the company. All training is support by individually designed printed material and staff are regularly appraised and trained in the highest standards. Every team member will go through the 'Rockfish BASICS' course which includes training on the fish market and a course that covers buying, cutting and sourcing.

What is it like to work for Rockfish

The founder and CEO posts on the staff Facebook regularly. They spend time with the people and senior team, in the restaurants having meetings and coffee chats. 
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Rockfish participate in National Beach Clean weekend, working with their partner Till the Coast is Clear, and also run a beach clean morning outside the restaurant in the harbour, with kayaks and litter pickers. 
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My Company
Rockfish hold performance reviews with each staff member each year, and at the end of this there is a section and chance for the employee to feedback and give the organisation a score. This goes direct to managers and to HR for collating. 

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees after one year

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

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  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

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    52% / 48%

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