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The Ark

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West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
+44 1273 517808
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner booked us an early Valentine's meal because he was working on the 14th so arrived to a rose in a vase, petals on the table and gold bottle of fizzy 😉. The management and staff went out of their way to do this which I thought was great service. So to the meal, we had tapas and couldn't... More 

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1 Thank Platosgirl37
Peterborough
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went and found The Ark on a TripAdvisor recommendation... and were so glad we did. A chilled out venue with beautiful food and amazing staff. My partner and me shared the Meze starter and fish sharing platter for main and both were cooked and prepared to an excellent standard. Service was impeccable and we had no hesitation in booking... More 

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1 Thank xneil
Seaford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch in the ark and was very impressed with the friendly service, fun decor and vast variety of food on menu. The food was presented well. We loved the salad with the small pepper drops great flavour. Great for both couple and family meals and price reasonable.

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1 Thank _ajghutch
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you! Our staff are chosen for their enthusiasm to go the extra mile. Our menu is varied to appeal to all tastes. We have the roquito peppers on our menu & also sell them in small jars to use at home. We strive to provide a total experience for all of our lovely visitors. More 

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyable to sit on the veranda and watch the river, whist eating tapas and drinking Spanish beer. The food is tasty and well presented and served. We'll be back...

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2 Thank David F
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you very much. We are very fortunate with our location, which gives an enhancement to alfresco dining. The Tapas menu adds to that Mediterranean atmosphere. Treat it like a holiday when you come to The Ark! More 

Ubud
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, pleasant service, clean and tidy interior. The self-assembly Beef Fajitas came with generous amounts of filling, sour cream, guacamole, freshly-cut lettuce, cheese and three large soft tortillas. The service was friendly and efficient. Btw, if I compare the description of the Ark to some of the less favourable reviews here, the place is indeed under new management and... More 

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2 Thank hotpiggy
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you very, very much! We have completely refurbished & transformed The Ark in every way. The Ark changed ownership 18 months ago, as you rightly comment, & has undergone a major transformation. We make The Ark a place we would love to go to. Providing high quality food, excellent beers & wines, accompanied by welcoming service & food cooked... More 

Island of Gozo, Malta
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am an overseas visitor and recently spent a few days with family in Newhaven over the New Year. Booked lunch for 4 on New Year's Day, hoping staff wouldn't be exhausted from a late night do at the Ark on New Year's Eve. Nothing to worry about there as we received a really warm welcome. The menu is tempting... More 

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1 Thank Betty B
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We appreciate every review, & are delighted when we receive a review from visitors overseas. I am very pleased your meal was excellent, we do endeavour to provide an exceptional experience all round. Many thanks again. More 

South East
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for an informal post-wedding lunch and evening meal with booze before, during and after. We booked a couple of weeks ahead and had a table for 15. Everyone was free to order whatever they liked and all the food arrived at the same time. And what food. A really great surprise. The food was wonderful. Besides a 'main'... More 

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1 Thank HoneybunSouthEast
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you! It was a delight to welcome the newly married couple & their lovely friends to help them celebrate. I am very pleased you enjoyed the food & surroundings. It was a pleasure. Thank you & best wishes to the happy couple for the future. More 

Shifnal, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We arrived at lunchtime in the rain after walking from Brighton and were immediately shown to the table by the fire,where we hung our wet clothing around the hearth! The menu was varied and our pitta breads and baguettes were delicious, with some very different combinations of fillings. The staff were very attentive and helpful. They even managed to stop... More 

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1 Thank sueraffe
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you! The Ark by name should be able to cope with the rain! What a walk from Brighton, I am glad we were able to warm you & your clothes. The log fire is always lit for customers comfort. The breads are handmade and served lovely & warm with delicious fillings, as you rightly say. Thank you again, come... More 

Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

An excellent venue. Courteous staff and quality food. Well done The Ark We will return later in the year.

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1 Thank DLEO2014
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thanks! It's great to know we are serving high quality food consistently. We looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you. More 

France
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We stumbled on this place after driving around and around on a wet January night before catching the late ferry home. WOW excellent food and service would love to visit in the summer. Great decor and very clean. I had a fish platter and my husband had the cod and chips a meal for 2 with a pint a large... More 

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1 Thank ashblonde
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We love it when someone finds us for the first time. It is lovely to know we are appreciated. We believe that our customers are our walking adverts & we treat you all as gems. Thank you for your kind review & support. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Newhaven
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 517808
Description
A beautiful bar & restaurant, with riverside views, serving food all day, every day, cooked by our professional chefs daily. Traditional & Tapas menu. Table service inside. A lovely large beach garden. Customer car park. Live music Wednesday & Saturday evenings, & Sunday afternoons. Bar opens at 11am & closes at 12 midnight.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?