RestaurantsEast SussexBrightonBN1
29-31 East St, Brighton, BN1 1HL

survey result

Summary

£72
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Traditional seafood in pleasant surroundings” has proved an enduring formula for this seafood veteran in the Lanes – one of the UK’s few historic provincial restaurants, dating as it does from the 1890s and run by the Leigh-Jones family since 1945. More critical reports say the “food quality can be a little hit or miss”; or alternatively that it’s “very good, but more pricey than it needs to be”. But “sat outside enjoying the sun, with great service and full-on Brighton atmosphere, you can have a great meal”.

Summary

£72
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Great seafood” has long made this Lanes institution – one of the UK’s truly venerable restaurants, dating from the 1890s and run by the Leigh-Jones family since 1945 – something of a “Brighton favourite”. “If you can bag a table outside in the sun on the Lanes, with the hustle and bustle of the town around you and your partner opposite, the world will be good”.

Summary

£67
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “usually buzzing venue in the centre of Brighton serving great fish dishes” (including “lovely lobster thermidor”) since 1945 under current owners the Leigh-Jones family – and around since way back in the 1890s. The terrace is perfect for soaking up sunny days amid the appealing bustle of the Lanes.

Summary

£50
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

One of England’s oldest restaurants: the Leigh-Jones family’s seafood period-piece, in the Lanes – run by the clan since 1945, but established in the 1890s – has a “huge number of things to recommend”, not least its “lovely fresh local oysters and mussels” and an outside terrace for sunny days.

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Owner's description

English’s of Brighton is the oldest seafood restaurant in Brighton, owned by the Leigh-Jones family since 1945. You’ll find us in the heart of the Lanes, nestled amongst its famous winding streets.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional plate of seafood, or in the mood to sample our contemporary twist on classic dishes, our expert staff will make sure you order the right meal for you, with wine to match. We offer a unique dining experience, with intimate dining rooms attended by passionate and informed staff. In warmer weather there is no better place to dine than on our heated terrace. Enjoy plates of fresh seafood, fine wines and warm sunshine, and watch the world go by with live jazz or opera playing regularly. Or take a seat at our stunning marble-topped oyster bar, where you can join us for a platter of oysters or a decadent three-course meal.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £32.50 £37.50
Lunch   £25.00
Dinner   £25.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 72.00 Always available 4

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.00 £37.80 £8.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.75
Extras  
Bread £6.00
Service 15.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
Yes
24, 20, 14, 12
No dress code
70

English’s Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of English’s Restaurant in BN1, Brighton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of English’s restaurant.
John H
Traditional seafood restaurant. Food quali...
Reviewed 8 months, 12 days ago

"Traditional seafood restaurant. Food quality varies, better to stick to the standards. Terrace is fabulous on a sunny day"

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S R
We love this restaurant for its very fresh ...
Reviewed 9 months, 14 days ago

"We love this restaurant for its very fresh oysters and fish"

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29-31 East St, Brighton, BN1 1HL
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9 pm

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