The Little Fish Market
“Simply stunning seafood cooked with exemplary attention” - AA Inspector
BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX
Our Inspector's view
Tucked away in a little side street off Hove’s Western Road, chef-patron Duncan Ray’s modest little operation certainly punches above its weight. After stints at The Fat Duck and Pennyhill Park, here he works with meticulous attention to detail in the kitchen, and the results speak for themselves: stunning local and sustainable seafood cooked with exemplary accuracy and an intelligent creative edge. The setting is a light-filled space done out with a pared-back contemporary look – neutral colours, bright, seafood-themed local art, wooden tables and quarry-tiled floors – it’s comfortable and atmospheric in the evening, with charming, well informed service. The tersely-worded fixed-price menu offers five no-choice courses and delivers dishes of pure seafood-driven flavour, witness a powerful trio of 18-hour cooked featherblade with oysters done three ways and pointed up with dashi and a vibrant watercress sauce. The bright, clean flavours continue in stunning Dover sole with cep foam and purée, Roscoff onion with Comté cheese and the intense Marmitey jolt of yeast.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 22
- Wheelchair accessible
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 5
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern, Fish
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About the area
Discover East Sussex
East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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