There’s a lot going on at The Little Fish Market, an award-winning fish and seafood restaurant in the beautiful Regency-era precinct of Brunswick, on the border of Hove and Brighton and right across Upper Market street from the distinguished performing arts centre of The Old Market. Under the leadership of restaurateur and chef Duncan Ray (Latymer Restaurant, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck), The Little Fish Market has transformed from a traditional fishmonger into a fine dining establishment that makes use of sustainable produce to create dishes served in an exquisite setting.
Gaining accolades from The Good Food Guide and a couple of AA Rosettes for culinary excellence since opening its doors in Brunswick just a few short years ago, The Little Fish Market is undoubtedly one of Brighton and Hove’s premier restaurants, seafood-oriented or otherwise. First impressions are, they say, lasting, and when you first enter the restaurant’s Upper Market Street premises you’ll notice that the walls are lined with maritime-themed artworks, all created by local artists and all for sale. Such decor only adds to the charm of this special venue.
The remit here at Brunswick’s The Little Fish Market is simple. Seating only 20 diners at a time – advance reservations are absolutely essential – chef Duncan Ray and his kitchen team exclusively offer a five-course degustation menu, plus a kaleidoscopic wine list that changes according to season, and of course what the trusted fishermen and seafood suppliers have hauled in that very same day. Every dish is nuanced and minimal in its preparation, allowing essence to prevail over artifice and ensuring that this Brighton and Hove seafood restaurant remains at the top of local gourmet’s charts.
Absolutely outstanding! Head and shoulders above the rest. A fine dining experience that is delicious, well presented and pleasantly informal. With enough space between each course that you could converse and almost forget that another was on its way. Each dish is inventive and utterly divine. Honestly, start to finish it was one of the finest fish suppers I've ever had the pleasure of tasting!
We were a table of 4 and none of us had realized it was a set menu only. However, we need not have worried because even though there were some ingredients we were not sure about or thought we did not like, they were so beautifully cooked and presented every plate from start to finish was eaten. Service was also excellent. Thank you.
A lot of goodwill for this worthwhile local endeavour. Excellent cooking is paired with charming front of house service. It is expensive, but with only 20 covers expectedly so. Personal preference would be more variety in the tasting menu, with some more clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster tails and soups etc but maybe this is seasonal? A proper knife to cut the sourdough would also be appreciated! Worth a visit to indulge in its pescatarian pleasures.
Faultless. Food exceptional Service warm friendly and knowledgable Would highly recommend The Little Fish Market and would look forward to another visit. If only there were more places like this around.
Had dinner here last night with my husband for my birthday treat. Absolutely fantastic experience. The restaurant is so confortable, cosy, relaxed. All the five courses were out of this world. Everything was so delicious and the restaurant is professionally run but also Rob was so friendly and made us feel welcome. An absolute gem. We can’t wait to go back.
We were greeted by Rob, a great front of house guy who made you feel at home straight away. There were a couple of things on the menu that I couldn't have and they did everything to accommodate me and we all ended up having a fantastic meal. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. It is a fantastic dining experience.
The Little Fish Market is a hidden gem. The cooking is flawless, the service is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed - it's definitely one of the best restaurants in Brighton.
Really good honest simple food, fantastic wines, very professional service. Great two man band! 5 course menu-genius idea. We had great night. We will remember the gazpacho soup and mackerel-star of the show. Definetly come back again! Wishing you all the success you deserve. Catering is hard work but you doing it with love and you are very clever.
Excellent food with superb ingredients presented in a simple, thoughtful way. It was a lovely change not to have any decisions to make about what to order. The service was friendly and efficient with a knowledgeable waiter. The lighting could be better with tables either too brightly lit or too dark, but it won't put us off returning.
Lovely and tasteful experience. The place is small and cosy. The service is amazing. The staff showed a very deep knowledge of the fish and wine combinations. And of course all the courses were delicious and so rich in flavour... Mmm... It's not cheap but I highly recommend it because it offers good value for the quality of food that it serves. And it's perfect for a romantic soirée.