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The Little Fish Market – Brighton

The Little Fish Market in Hove is an acclaimed seafood restaurant, featured in the Michelin Guide, with 3 AA Rosettes and rated ‘Exceptional’ in the Good Food Guide.

The Little Fish Market

The Little Fish Market was opened in 2013 by acclaimed Chef, Duncan Ray (Previously Pennyhill Park and The Fat Duck). Since opening its doors The Little Fish Market has consistently set the bar for fine dining in Brighton and Hove as the most highly awarded restaurant in the city.

In 2020 The Little Fish Market was declared the people’s Best Brighton Restaurant in the BRAVO public vote.

Close up of a piping bag finishing of a small plate

Precision, restraint, simplicity

Duncan’s entire approach to his restaurant concept can be summarised by three words:

Precision, Restraint, Simplicity

Fish and rice presented on a wooden board

Each dish is carefully curated by Duncan using the finest ingredients from a few trusted suppliers. The tasting menu at the Little Fish Market runs to some 12 plus courses including extra snacks and amuse bouches. Primarily fish and seafood led, the tasting menu changes with what is in season and what has just been landed. The Little Fish Market is also open for lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Chef Duncan Ray in the window of his restaurant, The Little Fish Market in Hove

The wine menu has been hand-selected by Noble Rot of Mayfair who also curates the wine pairing option.


Inside The Little Fish Market

The restaurant itself is simple and understated, set off the main high street, this tucked away restaurant in Brighton was originally a fish market. The venue is simply laid out with plain white walls, comfortable seating and wooden tables.

Interior of The Little Fish Market

There are around 20 covers in total and unusually, diners keep their table for the whole night, expertly cared for by the consummate front of house team.

Overhead shot of a plate of food

Brighton’s most awarded restaurant.

Since opening, this incredible restaurant in Hove has garnered more awards and praise, nationally and locally, than any other restaurant in Brighton and Hove. The Little Fish Market has been awarded a Good Food Guide score of Five and three AA Rosettes every year since 2016.

Rows of white bowls containing one of the courses at The Little Fish market

The National Restaurant Awards have listed them in the Top 100 UK restaurants since 2017. The Michelin Guide, considered by many to be the gold standard in the restaurant industry, has recommended Duncan Ray every year since its opening in 2013.

All images by XDB Photography


  1. malcolm

    Food is beautifully presented and tastes so fresh. Staff were so attentive and made the evening a joy. It’s a small cosy restaurant hidden away but is packed most nights due it’s popularity.

  2. Tom

    Absolute perfection as far as I am concerned. Food is stunning and really elegant in its simplicity. Atmosphere is perfect and service is the best in Brighton. Get in there quick before they get a Michelin Star as you wont be able to get a table. 5*

  3. Angela Simmonds

    Incredible food and the only venue in Brighton to have 3 AA Rosettes. Expect nothing but perfection here and arguably the best food you will taste in Brighton. Well done Little Fish Market.

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