It has to be said that the first thing you notice when you arrive in Grimsby is the smell. After a pretty grim drive down the M180 with only a sporadic industrial tower appearing on the horizon the smell certainly brings you back to reality. Grimsby is one of the worlds largest fishing ports and it famous smoked fish was granted a PGI, Protected Geographical Indication, back in 2009. This was the same distinction given to Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies and is a status that should greatly boost the areas economy through food tourism.
While it isn’t the most obvious attraction for visitors to North East Lincolnshire but they seem to have sought inspiration for the way in which Rick Stein popularised Padstow. Attempts are starting to be made to promote Grimsby as a great British food destination with several fish themed events being held. There has even been talk of the towns factories and smoke houses being transformed into attractions. If these plans go ahead and the dock side area in rejuvenated locals believe it could bring millions into the local economy.
Richard Enderby is the chairman of the Grimsby Traditional Fish Smokers Group has said that the image of Grimsby is in need of a major overhaul and has called for the Associated British Ports and the council to join forces to renovate the entire dock area and build hotels, shops and other visitor attractions.