With such a vast choice of seafood venues in Brighton and Hove it can be hard to know where to visit. We’ve picked out our top seafood venues that will suit a range of budgets.
Little Fish Market, Hove
On the pricier end of the menus in Hove, the Little Fish Market offers an indulgent seafood menu expertly prepared by sole chef and owner, Duncan Ray. With a focus on sustainability and a large emphasis on good quality food, this is definitely one to try. Duncan aims to take “diners on a gastronomic journey through skillfully crafted courses” with an “exquisite and ever-changing five course Menu”.
Wolfies fish and chips, Hove
By far our favourite fish and chip shop in the area, Wolfies of Hove offers excellent choice and quality every time. Read our full review here.
The Urchin, Hove
Tucked away in Hove’s back streets the shellfish at the Urchin is truly amazing. Selling whole lobsters, crabs and a choice of mussels and scallop dishes, this is our go-to restaurant for great quality seafood that’s more reasonable than some of the higher end seafood restaurants. Read our full review here.
Riddle and Finns, Brighton
Riddle and Finns is a seafood restaurant located in the Lanes and also on the seafront. They sell beautiful fresh oysters and have a selection of fish in the window, adding to a holiday feel. They offer a reasonably priced lunch menu and a romantic location for dinner.
Cockles and oysters by the sea, Brighton
As you near Brighton pier there are all manner of seafood huts selling pots of prawns, cockles and eels. A pot of cockles with vinegar and pepper is the perfect accompaniment to a seaside stroll. Feeling fancier? You can buy a plate of a dozen oysters and rent a deckchair on Brighton beach and enjoy them whilst looking out to sea. Pick a sunny afternoon and bring a cold bottle of white wine.
Brighton and Newhaven fish sales shop, Fish, located at the Portslade end of Hove has a fantastic offering of seafood if you’re happy to prepare at home. With oysters from 60p each, whole crabs and a changing offering of fish that can be found on their Twitter page. They also offer fish preparation courses to get you familiar with shucking oysters, scaling fish and filleting large fish, visit their website for more details.
Olly’s Fish Shack
If street food is more your thing, Olly’s fish shack offers light tempura-battered fish subs from their stall at the Brighton Street Diner food market every Friday. Sustainable food activist, Olly sums up his street food in three words ‘off the hook’ in this interview on ‘Places I Eat Brighton’. You can read about other stalls at Brighton’s street diner here.
English’s of Brighton
The oldest seafood restaurant in Brighton, located in the winding streets of the Lanes, English’s offers some delightful fruits de mer platters. Frequented by faces such as Charlie Chaplin, Lily Savage and Judy Dench, English’s offers a great wine list alongside an impressive – but not inexpensive – seafood menu. Keep an eye out for the resident ghost – a ghostly gentlemen seen in an oversized top hat sometimes walking through the kitchens.
The Salt Room restaurant, Brighton
Overlooking the sea, The Salt Room, sister restaurant to the great steak restaurant The Coal Shed, is renowned for great seafood dishes. A little pricey but offering great quality food and fantastic views.
For top-quality sushi from a restaurant with a huge focus on sustainability look no further than Moshimo in Brighton. Their sushi boat is a sight to behold, which is why we featured them in our list of top ten lunch spots in Brighton and Hove. They also have plans for expansion to launch a modern skyline restaurant, which means that they’ll soon be able to serve up sushi to even more Brightonians.
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