English's of Brighton

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

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for English's of Brighton
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  • afternoon tea (16)
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  • breakfast (8)
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  • child friendly (39)
  • dinner (576)
  • entertainment (29)
  • large parties (33)
  • lunch (424)
  • luxury (217)
  • private dining (175)
  • romantic (317)
  • trendy (49)
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  • By Jim C from Brighton
    18 July 2016

    We last visited this restaurant 8 years ago and have always wanted to return. As it was a hot evening we sat outside and were greeted by very attentive staff. Obviously fish is what the place is all about and we started with a dozen raw which were fantastic. They were presented on a tray of ice. The Nyetimber English sparking wine was the perfect partner being dry and refreshing. Main courses were the Dover Soul and that Halibut both served on the bone. The clam and shrimp sauce with the Halibut had a deep richness. Both servings were fresh, cooked to perfection and well presented. A glass of Armagnac and a glass of Calvados completed the perfect evening. A great combination of fantastic food and excellent service I would highly recommend.

  • By David N from Eastbourne
    15 July 2016

    Excellent as usual. Sharing platter and chocolate mousse to die for.

  • By Mike S from Nottingham
    9 July 2016

    Excellent food, first class and impeccable service, great atmosphere. My wife had the Whole Dover Sole A Le Meunière and it was the best she has ever had. Not a particularly big fish eater I had the Halibut on the recommendation of our waitress and I must say it was amazing, and the largest portion I have ever had. The fact it also came with a plate of clams and brown shrimps made me feel I had 3 dishes for the price of one ?? For desert I had the Raspberry milefueille and it was to die for, scrummy!!!

  • By Janet B from Epping
    2 July 2016

    Lovely and charming service. My 85 year old mother in law was particularly pleased to be rembered by the manager having not been able to visit fir quite a while!

  • By Mark B from Farnham
    2 July 2016

    Great food, great wine, great service. As usual.

  • By Susie L from Brighton
    30 June 2016

    Excellent lunch. We sat outside and watched the world go by.

  • By Geoffrey F from Uckfield
    26 June 2016

    Have known the restaurant for more than fifty years, though now only dine there occasionally. When our daughter visited from Australia, and yesterday as celebration of diamond wedding with two of our children. Has become something of a family tradition.

  • By Maria P from Worthing
    25 June 2016

    Amazing food, fantastic service and a real gem of a restaurant

  • By Roger D from Lewes
    18 June 2016

    A good choice on the menu including a set menu. Food was excellent and the service was cheerful, assiduous, and prompt.

  • By Brian W from Wivelsfield
    16 June 2016

    Excellent service and choice of meals

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