Restaurant review: Little Bay, Kings Road, Brighton

Adam Lowe

Image: Little Bay Facebook page

Little Bay Restaurant peers over the English Channel from Brighton’s Kings Road. Diners can opt for either al fresco dining during warmer weather, or indoors seating, depends on their mood.

Little Bay is done up in theatrical decor, which is rather appropriate given the quirky atmosphere. The restaurant specialises in modern European cuisine and has live music – including opera – seven days a week. This means live folk and vocal music on Mondays, jazz on Tuesdays, “Opera Mayhem” from Wednesdays through to Saturdays, and cabaret on Sundays.

Oddly enough for a fine dining restaurant, Little Bay offers an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast every morning at just £4.95 – presumably because of the UMI hotel attached to it. For lunch and dinner you can pick from a set à la carte menu of good food done well, with two courses for £9.95 or three courses for £11.90. The full à la carte menu has some great treats including home-cured salmon gravadlax and seared Dover-caught scallops for starters, and roast fillet of beef with potato gratin and confit leg of duck for mains. Weekends feature a Sunday roast option of either pork or beef with all the trimmings. Portion sizers are more than decent, so you’re guaranteed to be full up. Desserts, too, were huge – as the massive cheesecake pictured above testifies – so we only ordered one.

Little Bay offers plenty of flavour of both the visual and the culinary kinds, with friendly wait staff and a laid back atmosphere. The window tables offer a marvellous view of the sea and the balconies and theatre box-style seating arrangements provide plenty of privacy for a romantic evening meal. Add to that a very, very fair price tag, and you have an absolute winner!

Little Bay also has restaurants in Kilburn, Croydon, and Farringdon.

Update: Little Bay Brighton is now closed.