The Little Fish Market – Brighton

Multi-award winning, fine dining restaurant in Hove. Offering a first class dining experience, a daily changing menu and a six course tasting menu of beautifully prepared fish focused cuisine. A charming and neutrally decorated venue which is also available for private hire.
Previous slide
Next slide

The Little Fish Market, from fishmongers to fish restaurant

The Little Fish Market began back in early 2013, with chef-patron Duncan Ray (Previously Pennyhill Park and The Fat Duck) setting up stove in a charming, intimate 20-cover restaurant. Previously a fishmonger just off the Western Road in Hove. The venue is simply laid out with comfortable wooden tables and fish-themed local artist’s work adorns the neutral walls.

The Brighton Public have voted The Little Fish Market, Brighton’s best restaurant in the 2020 Brighton Restaurant Awards.

In 2019, the Little Fish Market finished in the top 100 at the National Restaurant Awards, being recognised in the Top 100 UK Restaurants for the third consecutive year.

Little Fish Market Brighton

Daily Changing Menu – The Little Fish Market

Duncan offers a fixed priced six-course menu, decided on by what’s in season and what provides the very best quality. Between the courses, diners enjoy extra amuse bouches, each incredibly well delivered with inventiveness and care. Past delights have included Monkfish with Pork belly and Carrot and Star Anise or the hugely popular Slip Sole with Seaweed Butter.

The Little Fish Market Brighton

Let us set the scene for you

The Little Fish Market isn’t complicated in any way. The menu is simple, the decor is neutral and it is positioned in a very bright open space with two large windows which frame the venue either side. The restaurant is positioned parallel to Waterloo street, right next to the Old Market Theatre on a street called Upper Market Street – just around the corner from The Bottom’s Rest pub. The food clearly has a massive sustainable fish focus (of course) though there are good meat alternatives.

Think simplicity calmness, a friendly team of professionals and food of the highest order.

The Little Fish Market Brighton

Running a tight ship, the front of house is entirely managed by one person. What Duncan achieves so masterfully in the kitchen is matched perfectly in the delivery of unfaltering hospitality ‘top deck’ by Asha.

The Little Fish Market Brighton

An experience to savour at The Little Fish Market

Duncan’s approach is all about the attention to detail, precision, restraint and simplicity. Duncan prepares just a small amount of dinners on a given evening – perhaps only for 20 people. So this type of dining experience is all about the quality, it is about being in the hands of a very capable chef and it will undoubtedly be an experience to savour.

The Little Fish Market Brighton

Diners’ arrival times are staggered over the evening so that Asha and Duncan can deliver the highest level of individual care. But, unusually, tables are for the diners for the whole night. You won’t be asked to give up your table for the next service which means you can take your time enjoying the ambience of the evening, reflecting on the delicious food and sipping wine at your leisure.

The Little Fish Market Brighton

Critically acclaimed

Garnering national and local critical acclaim, The Little Fish Market is only one of two restaurants in Brighton to receive 3 Rosettes from the 2018/19 AA Guide. In 2017, they also featured in ‘The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants’, and have Good Food Guide 2019: 5 Score, a Michelin Plate and have been voted number 1 by Brighton’s Best for several year’s running.

The Little fish Market Brighton

Attracting foodies from far & wide

Since opening in 2013 The Little Fish Market continues to make a stir in Brighton and Hove. It is attracting foodies from far and wide, it is one of our personal ones to watch for putting a Michelin star in Brighton and Hove.

Make a reservation

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.

Post a Review