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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.