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English's of Brighton

English's of Brighton, 29 - 31, East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL +44 1273447503

(((() Fish & Seafood
Main course: £15
Food spend: £35

Excellent food & service

Jon Rose 14 April 2017
from Cairo

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Owned by the Leigh-Jones family since 1945, English’s of Brighton is the oldest restaurant in the city, found on a site with a rich 150-year history of seafood. Take a seat at the oyster bar and chat away to the head oysterman whilst your oysters are opened in front of you, and Prosecco flows from a tap. Alternatively, choose from 2 floors of dining rooms, or a table out on the heated terrace.

The English’s of Brighton menu reflects its heritage. Seasonal creations excite and inspire, while all the classics you would expect from a seafood restaurant are also on offer. The extensive wine list boasts over 100 wines, each handpicked by Simon Leigh-Jones.

For those not in the mood for seafood, English’s offer an exquisite meat menu, including steak and kidney pudding in the colder months, and plates that aren’t just for vegetarians.

Tucked away in the heart of The Lanes, a few minutes from the seafront and Brighton railway station, English’s of Brighton encompass everything you’re looking for in a seafood restaurant and more.

English's of Brighton

English's of Brighton, 29 - 31, East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL

Contact +44 1273327980
Reservations +44 1273447503

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4.4 (((() (based on 265 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • ((*** 24 April 2017 by Gordon de Adamich from Parma

    I am use to evaluate a restaurant also from expectations and prices. Then good food, but excessivesly expensive compared to other options in town. For a £ 120 check (200 including wine) I expect much more. Plus, in an restaurant that is an "oyster bar" the type of oysters I wanted, the local ones, were finished... Dover sole was excellent, but mussels were cold. Poor service: if you don't leave wine or water at the table, I expect that I don't have to ask every time that my glass is empty. And a few more things about the service didn't satisfy me at all.

  • (((** 20 April 2017 by Jonathan Squire from Lower Stanton Saint Quintin

    We booked well in advance online. The welcome was OK, although there was a little confusion before we were seated.

  • ((((* 17 April 2017 by Andrew from London

    A great Sunday lunch in a traditional fish restaurant. The only downside was the wine we chose was unavailable.

  • ((((( 14 April 2017 by Jon Rose from Cairo

    Excellent food & service

  • ((((* 13 April 2017 by Richard Burillo from London

    English's is definitely a little more old school. Hip luxe ambiance this is not. But whilst it’s a little shabby in comparison to newer upmarket restaurants (as well as its more elegant younger self) it still offers a classy dining experience. Having asked for a good table as i was treating someone for their birthday, we were treated with complementary champagne when we sat at the table. A small but very appreciated touch that goes a long way. And that was a sign for the polite and good service we received throughout the meal. We shared the seafood starting platter: scallops, squid, dressed crab, smoked salmon, smoked eel – all delicious if maybe on the small side for the price. A good marker (for me) of a restaurant’s quality is how they serve fried squid. It’s a simple, easily cooked dish which often restaurants get wrong normally through a combination of being are mean with the cut (very thin rather than plump) and overcooked. The squid here was excellent – lightly fried, chunky, soft to bite and delicious in taste. The mains didn’t disappoint either in size of taste. Good fish restaurant’s are never cheap and neither is English’s, but i didn’t feel short changed. The starter platter at £25 could be a little more generous, but in the end we were full and contented overall. Definitely worth giving it a go.

  • ((((* 12 April 2017 by Pauline Jones from East Grinstead

    When we arrived the maitre d' ignored us completely, looked at his computer screened, eventually turned to us, led us to a table, pulled the table out so that I could sit down, more customers walked in he left us did not put the table back , did not seat my husband. That is the only less than very positive comment, Judith was very attentive, friendly, efficient. We chose the menu du pecheur, we have had it many times before. Starter salt and pepper squid was delicious with a special mention for the alioli, the salmon with Asian vegetables and noodles was cooked to perfection, interesting flavours, thoroughly enjoyed it , the traditional fish and chips was very good, perhaps home made chips would have improved it. The portions were generous and the food was piping hot. I had a glass of Sancerre which was perfect. Great service all through the meal we thoroughly enjoyed another meal at English's.

  • ((((* 11 April 2017 by Lawrence Wadey from Macau

    Food good, staff very good

  • ((((* 8 April 2017 by Samuel Shorr from London

    Service excellent

  • ((((( 2 April 2017 by Allison Brett from Brighton

    Fantastic food and service

  • ((((* 2 April 2017 by Trevor Evans from Newcastle upon Tyne

    Enjoyed the food,atmosphere and attitude of the staff.

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