Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in East Sussex
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best East Sussex restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 267 restaurants in East Sussex and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing East Sussex restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured East Sussex Restaurants
1. Terre à Terre Vegetarian restaurant in Brighton 71 East St - BN1
“Who needs meat?” – This Lanes icon is “still the finest veggie around”: indisputably “the best in Brighton” and many reporters feel “unquestionably the best veggie in Britain” too. Its “adventurous and fun menu” (“some absolute stormers!”) is reliably “exciting” and “has every angle covered if your tendencies splash over into the domains of veganism or gluten free diets, plus a good worldwide selection of organic wines (red and white) along with some pretty unusual sparkling ones”. “Definitely well worth a visit even if you are a dedicated carnivore”.
2. The Chilli Pickle Indian restaurant in Brighton 17 Jubilee St - BN1
“Everyone's favourite Indian in Brighton” – practically all reports acclaim the “modern, lively and always enjoyable” (if “rather noisy”) style of this Arts Quarter fixture; and its “lovey choice” of dishes that “elevate the CP above your standard curry house fare”.
3. The Salt Room Fish & seafood restaurant in Brighton 106 Kings Road - BN1
“It's all about the fish” (“amazing” albeit “very expensive”) at this “great seafood brasserie in a lovely location on Brighton seafront” – although they also turn out “brilliant quality steaks” (with “sharing plates for two – fish or meat – a particular feature”). The venue elicits reams of feedback – amongst the highest quantity of any venue in town – all highly positive.
4. The Coal Shed Steaks & grills restaurant in Brighton 8 Boyces St - BN1
“Top quality grilled meats and a lively atmosphere” help score good all-round ratings for Dave Mothershill’s stylish grill (which has a London offshoot near Tower Bridge).
5. Riddle & Finns On The Beach Fish & seafood restaurant in Brighton 65 Kings Road - BN1
An “excellent location (under the arches on Brighton beach) to soak up the sun on the terrace or watch it set from a window seat on the first floor” – this offshoot of the well-known Lanes oyster bar makes for the “perfect end to a day at the seaside”, not least thanks to its “amazingly fresh” fish and seafood.
6. La Choza Mexican/TexMex restaurant in Brighton 36 Gloucester Rd - BN1
2018 Review: “Fun, chaotic, loud, colourful and wipe-clean” North Laine street-food bar which provides “everything you need for messy Mexican food with lots of friends”, including “lethal margaritas” and “superb” burritos and nachos.
7. Limetree Kitchen British, Modern restaurant in Lewes 14 Station Street - BN7
“A great little spot with a fab menu” featuring sharing plates of eclectic inspiration, wins praise for this agreeable modern bistro, with adjacent deli.
8. The Star British, Modern restaurant in Alfriston High Street - BN26
Hoteliers Olga and Alex Polizzi have acquired this historic inn to add to their portfolio (which includes Hotel Endsleigh and Hotel Tresanton in the south west); it opened in June 2021 with Edward Johnson (formerly of The Berkeley) as general manager and chef Tim Kensett (previously of The Fife Arms and River Cafe) in charge of the all-day food offering.
9. Burnt Orange British, Modern restaurant in Brighton 59 Middle Street - BN1
Coal Shed founder Razak Helalat opens his third Brighton restaurant in The Lanes in June 2021 (there's also The Coal Shed and The Salt Room) serving "wood-fired flavours and well-made drinks", and a specially curated music programme from Fatboy Slim.
10. Due South restaurant in Brighton 139 Kings Road Arches - BN1
It’s a case of "Back to the Future" at this beautifully situated site on the front, which operated here under the Due South name from 2004-2011 before becoming Riddle & Finns on the Beach. Now owner Rob Shenton has decided to return to its former branding having moved Riddle & Finns on the Beach to a new location nearby.
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