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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

Great staff and beautiful food.The lobster Thermidor was a delight.

Lee Yeandle 14 May 2017
from Brighton

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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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Customer reviews for English's of Brighton

4.4 (((() (based on 274 reviews)
91% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • ((((( 22 May 2017 by Simon Dodd from Brentwood

    Fantastic meal. Went with two items from the specials board - scallops and the seabream, and the waiter couldn't be more helpful in assisting in what side dishes to have and which wine to choose. Very reasonable pricing, and will certainly visit again next time we are in Brighton.

  • ((((( 17 May 2017 by Benedetta Mirabile from Bergamo - Italy

    I booked a table for two about one month before, I wanted to spend a wonderful evening because it was my birthday and I was in Brighton with my partner. The restaurant is small and cozy, the menu has a wide selection of dishes, we chose the Menu du pêcheur, accompanied by sparkling water and a carafe of La Troubadour Rouge. The dish I preferred was the starter, that was Mussels, shallots, garlic & white wine cream, it was superb. Then I had a Sesame escalope of Loch Duart salmon, vermicelli, Asian greens, crispy ginger, miso broth and it was very good too, and for dessert I had Chocolate mousse, crème fraiche sorbet, pain d’épices crumble, delicious! Wine was good too, so I have nothing to say except that everything was perfect. The waitress was kind and followed us carefully. Just one tip: a spray stain remover in the restaurant could be useful.

  • ((((( 14 May 2017 by Lee Yeandle from Brighton

    Great staff and beautiful food.The lobster Thermidor was a delight.

  • ((((( 12 May 2017 by Stephen Bradford-best from Hitchin

    We thoroughly enjoyed our return visit to this restaurant, an annual treat for us as part of a train ride from our homes in Hertfordshire. As requested in our booking, we were shown to a light table next to the window by the friendly staff. The drinks and food were served promptly and all were excellent quality and good value. We were not hurried; our dining experience was pleasant and relaxed and there was no distracting music! We will return again next year.
    (We are not wine connoisseurs, preferring to spend our money on the food rather than the drink, so chose the house white from the wine list to accompany our meal priced at £19.95. Our waitress told us it was off and recommended an alternative and later encouraged us to have a second bottle. We assumed that, as the house wine described on the menu was out of stock, the substitute would be at the same price. However, when we received the bill, we were shocked to find that we had been charged £29 for each bottle. Our budget of £19.95 had risen to almost £60! One of our group commented that the waitress would probably be praised by her manager and be rewarded with a bonus and another called it sharp practise; we will be more alert another time. It certainly took the edge off an otherwise pleasurable visit).

  • ((((( 8 May 2017 by Martin Ward from Portsmouth

    Excellent food and service - not cheap but worth it

  • ((((* 8 May 2017 by Anne Loveday from London

    Excellent as always.Staff friendly .Have been coming here for years.We like the changing menu and good quality

  • ((((( 7 May 2017 by Colette Garrity from Brighton

    Everything was fantastic, oysters, wine and service. The only thing missing was a little ambient background music. Thank you

  • (((** 2 May 2017 by Mark Simm from Horsham

    Enjoyed the meal and wine (Spy Valley) was excellent. Not as 'fine dining' as we expected due to a few rowdy fellow customers. Disappointing end to the meal as no one came to take our dessert/coffee order and ended up going to the desk to ask for our bill...where we refused to pay the 'optional' 12.5% service charge

  • ((((( 2 May 2017 by Jenny Entwisle from haywards heath

    Excellent lunch , food outstanding .
    Oysters and Lobster was delicious , service brilliant .

  • ((*** 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.

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