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About Us

The Seafood Pub Company is a multi-award winning group of gastropubs in the North West. A pub group with a difference, each location has its own personality and menu but with food and drink at its heart and soul which has been recognised by various awards and accolades including The Publican’s Best Food Offer three years, Restaurant Magazine’s Pub Company of the Year, Development Chef Awards’ Best Pub Group Menu and Best Group Chef, Lancashire Life’s Dining Pub of the Year, Lancashire Life’s Restaurant of the Year and Lancashire Tourism Award’s Tourism Pub of the Year, Top 50 Gastropubs and the Catey Pub and Bar Award.

Our family of pubs includes destination rural inns with elegant country bedrooms, a neighbourhood restaurant and bar and everything in-between. All feature the same great produce and service, with a commitment to their customers and passionate team, to create the best possible experience.

Our internal ‘Seafood Soldier’ training and development programme allows us to spot talent and commitment, create bespoke personal development programmes and reward hard work with exciting career opportunities.

The Seafood Pub Company

The Seafood Pub Company was founded by Joycelyn Neve in 2010, with a vision to deliver the best quality ingredients but in a relaxed and accessible way. Part of the Neve family with roots in the fishing industry going back generations. Joycelyn’s father Chris Neve uses his unrivalled experience to source the finest quality produce from sea and shore.

Behind the scenes is Executive Chef Mark Taft who has over 18 years experience of producing quality creative dishes from the very best produce. Outstanding surroundings are delivered by director Andrew McLean who takes care of the developments, his wealth of experience gives all the venues their individual looks and wow factor

A passionate and committed team throughout means the Seafood Pub company offers a unique dining experience at venues across the North West.

People

The Neves come from a long line of fishermen who have fished the North Sea and Irish Sea for generations – since they first sailed out in a Grimsby back in 1840. Forty years later the family moved across to Fleetwood where Joycelyn Neve’s great grandfather became one of the top skippers and his trawler Chlotilde was the first to be requisitioned as a World War One minesweeper. Pictured: Joycelyn Neve, Mark Taft and Chris Neve.

Now in 2019 with 11 sites and a reputation built on the original key values of quality ingredients, informal service and sites all with their own personality, the goal is continued growth into different locations. After various regional and national awards for the Seafood Pub Company, Joycelyn won the prestigious Catey Pub and Bar Award 2016, was Lancashire Life’s Food Hero 2015, has been listed in the NRB Top 50 most influential people in hospitality and catering since 2014 and in 2019 became a Board Director of Marketing Lancashire.

Chris Neve’s own 40 years of experience began shortly after his father, a former trawlerman himself, left the Navy to return to the fishing industry. From 1968 their buying and selling at the Fleetwood fish auction grew into a wholesale door-to-door delivery service. Chris’s commitment to quality meant the business developed rapidly into a trusted wholesale supply business that operated its own fleet of four trawlers, processing plants and 16 vans delivering to more than 500 trade customers in the UK, Holland and Spain. At its height the award-winning business employed 85 people on shore and 15 fisherman.
Joycelyn Neve is the founder and Managing Director of Seafood Pub Company. Formed in 2010, combining her family͛ heritage in the fishing industry with her passion for highest quality food and relaxed service. Today, the Seafood Pub Company operates ten country inns and dining pubs across Lancashire and Yorkshire, with accommodation at most venues.

Joycelyn is a committed to bringing fresh ideas and concepts to the UK hospitality industry. Her passion and drive are recognised by leaders in the industry; in recent years, she and the business have picked up numerous accolades such as the 2016 Catey͛ ͚Pub and Bar Award͛, 2015 Lancashire Food Hero, has been listed in the NRB Top 50 most influential people in hospitality and catering since 2014 and in 2019 was appointed as a Board Director of Marketing Lancashire.