English's of Brighton

(635 Reviews)
English's of Brighton 29 - 31, East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HL
Fish & Seafood, British


Main course: £15
Food spend: £35

Restaurant description

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.

Customer reviews for English's of Brighton
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  • By Ian W from lindfield
    20 November 2019

    Very good food indeed.wonderful oysters.only criticism was the size of the fish portion in the fish and chips.It was vast.Far,Far too big.

  • By TL L from Brighton
    16 November 2019

    The restaurant was very welcoming, the service was excellent. I had the avocado soup with crab meat to start - which was very interesting and lovely although it could possibly of done with a touch more crab meat and maybe a swirl of balsamic reduction or something. My wife had the lobster and prawn croquettes, they too were lovely. I had the whole Plaice for my main which was cooked to perfection, I liked the hazelnuts with it and also thought that was an interesting and nice addition although I would have preferred it if they were finely chopped as they were quite fiddly to eat. I also felt as though the endive could have been charred to add extra flavour. My Dauphinois potatoes which came with my main were not the highlight, they needed more liquid in them during cooking and as a result they were quite dry, they had also been over seasoned with nutmeg which didn’t compliment the rest of my food. I think garlic dauphinois would have been better. I would have served them on a separate dish also as they didn’t really fit on the plate with the whole Plaice. My wife had the lemon sole fillets with mushroom risotto which was very nice and had an amazing flavour, she felt the risotto rice was under cooked but I thought it was fine - I think that that is more the result of us British preferring our rice and pasta more cooked than those from the continent! The wine selection was excellent and the Brazilian white we had went very well with our food. I felt also that parts of the decor could do with updating however I did like the vintage feel to it. I also felt that our dinner was priced perfectly for the food and service, at about £130 I was very happy to spend that for what we had received. These are very small things and overall we had an excellent evening, I have already recommended to friends!

  • By Paul M from Brighton
    16 November 2019

    Beautiful lobster, great steak. My sister had marvellous, generous prawns and my girlfriend enjoyed a huge and wonderfully cooked plaice. A nice selection of wines and local beers, and a table with a view. A splendid evening. Thank you. Will come again!

  • By Helen P from Farnham
    16 November 2019

    Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and great service.

  • By Sue B from Brighton
    14 November 2019

    Amazing food as always

  • By Carol Mason M from Brighton
    12 November 2019

    Food was delicious & service excellent have already booked for next week

  • By Mary H from Pevensey
    9 November 2019

    Excellent meal. Seafood platter was out of this world. Friendly staff and excellent service.

  • By Alan D from Seaford
    8 November 2019

    Brilliant calamari starters followed by moules, lobster with garlic butter, and bottle of muscadet! Beautiful food and absolutely lovely staff.

  • By Richard G from LONDON,
    8 November 2019

    We went for the oysters and were delighted to find lobster on the menu too. Simple (but very good) food, well presented by friendly and helpful staff.

  • By Stephen C from Brighton
    7 November 2019

    Superb. Dinner for two with big native oysters follwed by deicious brill. Good selection of wines by the carafe. And charming service.

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