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The Ark

$$ - $$$, British,
West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
+44 1273 517808
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (54 reviews)
“paella” (16 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
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1 - 10 of 301 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stopped in whilst visiting family in the area, lovely tapas and very friendly staff. Highly recommend!More

Thank Rav B
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review, & thank you for making the time to visit us during your stay. I am glad you & your family enjoyed The Ark, & were pleased with the food & service. I will certainly relay this to our team. If...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

An unexpected visit to the UK meant another chance to lunch at the Ark and once again family members were only too happy to join me. I can only say that it was just as good as ever; a warm welcome and thoughtfully, the charming...More

Thank Betty B
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

There’s nothing wrong with a good habit! I am delighted we are consistent in our good standards. It is our aim to maintain the quality we provide on a constant basis. Fish is one of our specialities, & is delivered daily, directly from the overnight...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place whilst staying at the nearby Premier Inn. There was 6 of us and we all loved this place. The decor is good and the menu had loads of choices. All of the food we had was amazing and the staff were...More

Thank humeybear
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

You are amazing for taking the time to review us! You may not live locally, but you are more than welcome to store us in your memory bank for a later occasion when you are in the area. I do hope you enjoyed your stay,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very lovely atmosphere and staff, food and menu options really good. Would recommend a visit, good variety for all tastes on menu.More

Thank Rgate
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

How we love a reunion, whether with family or friends. It is lovely to see how happy people are to see each other, when time passes by so quickly. Hopefully our warm & friendly atmosphere made you all feel at home. Thank you for your...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit on recommendation from a friend. Friday lunchtime we were greeted by Penny who showed us to our table. The dining area is quite large, tables and chairs situated to give diners space. On the first page of the menu there was a...More

Thank Dizzydi_12
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I remember you two Ark virgins well! What a lovely couple of true ladies. We had a delightful conversation. Thank you for your positive feedback regarding the welcome statement. One burger with no chips, a true friend when you don’t pinch your friends chips, not...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service, friendly and helpful. Waiting staff could not do enough for us especially when I requested no sauce on my ice cream, they insisted on including a very large cone which my wife and I shared. I had the seafood paella which was very...More

Thank jimlaker53
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much! I will relay that to the team, they will be delighted! We never stop appreciating the effort made in reviewing us. It gives all of us the incentive to keep doing what we do. We all enjoy our job, & it...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Suggested by a friend who lives locally remarking on how it had improved since new management/ refurb. Indeed the decor has changed since last time I had been ( agreeable if slightly "plastic-y": all plants are fake). Menu is varied swelled by its tapas offering....More

1  Thank Alex B
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Quality is paramount to us at The Ark, which is why we use the highest quality ingredients for our dishes. It is priced very fairly. We have created a Mediterranean feel to The Ark, but unfortunately due to our climate...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a drink in here one afternoon and it was very pleasant, looking out over a non too pretty harbour. Came a couple of days later with my cousin and her hubbie. The food was very nicely cooked and tasted good but if I had...More

1  Thank malcthetalc55
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you. Our food is prepared & cooked to order by our professional chefs, using high quality ingredients, delivered daily. We do endeavour to be as fair as we can with our prices. We have recently changed the serving of the fish & chips to...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

I've read the reviews. This is a really fun place, and perhaps when you visit you should try their 'tapas'. These are larger than the authentic Spanish tapas so we found 3 plates shared between two of us was ample for lunch. The selection offered...More

1  Thank Pamela W
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

A great review, thank you. The tapas is extremely popular. The olives directly from Spain. The decor entertaining & unique, for our customers to enjoy. On the traditional menu lots of customers love fish & chips, it is a firm favourite. Fish delivered fresh, daily...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had a late lunch and a drink here, and couldn't fault it at all. The food, we had the Ark's own steak burger and a couple of tapas - whitebait and patatas bravas with aioli, followed by the pecan tart and Ahogado (with Cointreau,...More

2  Thank Gram S
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to place a review. How lovely, that you found us faultless! The Ark burger is homemade from steak. The tapas are all cooked to order. Our desserts are accompanied by Mr Whippy ice cream, what could be better! The...More

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Paul S
20 September 2016|
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Response from Penny P | Property representative |
Good Afternoon, Yes we do have gluten free options, one of which is an aubergine & chickpea curry, please ask our staff as there are also other tapas options. Thank you for your enquiry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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
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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