Review on Polpo Brighton

Russell Norman and Richard Beatty launched Polpo on Beak Street in September 2009, and such was its success that they rolled out the formula across London, before heading out to the south coast of Sussex in December 2016, with the opening of a Brighton branch. Set in the heart of this popular seaside town, it's located on a charming pedestrianised street near The Theatre Royal and the Brighton Dome. Based on a Venetian wine bar, inside it's decked out in similar fashion to its siblings with a rustic and stripped back décor. There's a rusted tin ceiling with a huge three metre skylight flooding the restaurant with natural light, red leather banquettes line the walls set against old chemistry lab tables and there's a statement zinc topped bar.

Menus are simply printed on brown paper and consist of Venetian bar snacks called cicheti and a series of tempting small plates. Among the delights on offer there could be Venetian marinated sweet and sour sardines; classic beef and pork meatballs; scallops and butternut squash, a pizzette of spinach, parmesan and soft egg, finishing with a hot chocolate pudding, blackberry and vanilla ice cream.

To accompany the food, there's Italian wine and beer alongside a cocktail menu with offerings such as Devereaux, four roses, elderflower, lemon juice, mint and Polpo prosecco.

Polpo Brighton is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 11.30am through until
Dinner: 11.00pm (10.00am Sun)

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Polpo Brighton

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Family Friendly


Polpo Brighton
20 New Road

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