Set at the edge of a quaint square in The Lanes, English's could well be a contender for the best Brighton restaurant. If a full blown gourmet meal is... More
English's of Brighton
Set at the edge of a quaint square in The Lanes, English's could well be a contender for the best Brighton restaurant. If a full blown gourmet meal is not your preferred choice, the small but stylish oyster bar, annexed to the restaurant, has space at the counter for about six diners. The menu is rather traditional with Dover sole, Grilled Tuna and lobster high on the list. The quality is excellent and the service attentive, making the whole dining experience a real joy.
3 of us went to English's for a celebratory lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We'd been before and were expecting a decent lunch.
What we got was very tardy service, poorly cooked food and a whopping bill.
Very disappointing and would never go there again.
It has to be one of the best fish restaraunts in Britain.
The surroundings are oldy-worldy 60s velevet banquette (they are comfortable) and Toulouse Lautrec styled paintings with owner clever disuguised in some!
The staff are attentive but unobtrusive and they know the menu so well that you feel confident when you ask theri opinion.
My favourite evening out here is as follows:
A table upstairs by the window - who cares about the smokers!
A bottle of Veuve Clicquot
Filo pastry goats cheese parcels with cranberry sauce to start (the carmelsied cranberry sauce is wonderful and I still, after 8 years cannot find the cheese, anywhere).
The slightly unusual and delicious sea bass with ginger and pear. For my partner anything with scallops (and they are good here). Note: Don't have the platter unless you are devastatingly hungry!
Side orders of chips, seasonal vegetables and a salad
Another bottle of the Veuve if my partner hasn't fallen off his seat!
Then, a well deserved tip followed by a night stroll in the the bright lights of Brighton Pier.
Anyone who likes food, likes English's.
I had previously looked at the delicious menu posted on their website. However, on arriving in the restaurant I was told that menu was twenty years old and was no longer in use. I suspect a change in management is the reason behind the very limited selection of fish and the unhelpful staff. I was so disappointed by the whole dining experience as I had expected some amazing fresh fish, as we were on the coast. Instead, I got a pathetic attempt at a salad and a mediocre main meal.
I would not recommend the restaurant, especially not to people with mobility problems as the toilets are up three flights of extremely narrow stairs.