Our suppliers are the real food heroes of Ondine and have become part of the family.
We work with trusted and knowledgeable professionals stretching from Shetland to the South Coast of England,
who provide expert guidance on the market and the shoreline. We are proud to work with people who share a
passion for seafood and the lifestyle that comes with it.
We care about where our fish comes from, how it's caught and what impact this has on the environment. This is why Welch Fishmongers has become the backbone of Ondine. From Grandfather to Granddaughter, this is a proper family run business that has stretched three generations. Welch Fishmongers call the old fish markets of Newhavan Harbour home, which date back to the early 1890s. They are blessed to have the sea on their doorstep, giving them access to the daily catch from the East coast shoreline.
At 83, Kenny Welch is a legend in the Newhaven fishing community.
Still preparing the fish every day from 6.30am, he uses a simple butter knife to fillet his angel "haddie". I feel very lucky to know this great man and I never tire watching him, or indeed, the other filetters at Welch Fishmongers cutting with ease and accuracy.
We are also proud to be working with the team from Wild Harbour in West Cornwall, a business committed to sourcing only responsibly caught fish from a small group of trusted Cornish fishermen- and paying them a fair price for it too. The freshness and quality of their fish is truly exceptional, and we feel privileged to be one of the few restaurants they choose to work with, regularly buying wild sea bass, velvet crabs, natural Cornish lobsters, Dorset oysters and more.
As you would expect, lobster is hardly ever off our menu. It has a special place in any seafood restaurant and we work closely with local fishermen like John White who know the secret spots where the finest specimens can be found and caught for you.