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“Belated return visit - but it won't be the last one”

Riddle And Finns The Lanes
Ranked #39 of 1,216 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$81
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Our original Brighton Lanes Oyster Bar is lit by candlelight and features tiled walls and high tables and stools. You will be seated side-by-side, allowing for a focus on casual dining and ambience. We have fresh daily specials and catch of the day on offer. Our open kitchen adds to the experience of The Lanes, allowing you to watch your food being prepared. Our marble topped tables act as the perfect setting for grazing on local seafood and enjoying a chilled glass of Champagne. Strictly no reservations.
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We visited Brighton for the first time in ages this Saturday, to have a browse around the Lanes, and decided that a return visit to Riddle & Finns was in order, having really enjoyed our two meals here in the past. I now see on Tripadvisor that we last visited in 2009 so this lunch visit was well overdue!
We arrived around 1230 and the restaurant was only half full thankfully, although we were joined on our table later on. We appreciated the usual bread and dips/ mackerel pate, plus bottle of water, and ordered 3 starter size plates to share, plus a portion of fries and a couple of soft drinks. The scallops with chorizo & chilli, and squid with chorizo and chilli (yes we like that combo!) were both wonderful, and our shellfish mariniere was also very good - and a nice change from moules mariniere. My fiancee had never tried winkles or whelks before, so it was a good opportunity to taste these in the mix which also included razor clams, mussels, clams and a couple of crayfish.
The only slight negative to our meal was that our fries didn't arrive with the other dishes, and we had to chase them up - they finally arrived as we were on our last dish. Also twice we were told we would be getting more bread and it only arrived as we finished the third dish. So slightly disorganised service but friendly, and the waitress helpfully explained how to remove the winkles from their shells with the pin provided. The diners next to us had a very impressive looking cold platter, topped with a couple of whole crabs which we would be tempted to have another time.
The total price for our lunch including a tea and a juice was £36.
Would very happily visit again and hopefully won't leave it so long this time - especially now I see they have another branch on the seafront to try out!

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Thank Roundy
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

I went there with my boyfriend.. and was nice atmosphere.. we ordered some starter that were nice.. but for the main course we had to wait more than 1 hour and half.. the chef lost our orders but in the end they paid with 50% off of our bill..
Nice food but i don t think i will be back

1  Thank Carmen F
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

i have to say that riddle and Finns in the lanes is simply perfect, the food is as good as i have eaten anywhere, and the staff are as good! If your in Brighton and you want a fish meal its a must,

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Thank oakhome
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Riddle and Finns is full of charm and personality. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is really exceptional.

The squid was cooked perfectly, as was the haddock. It was all fresh and well balanced.

The cost was high, but worth it for the food. I will be visiting again.

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

it's been a while since i've been but i remember being wow at the fish and seafood variants. the service fast and came were not fish excuse the pun! great fish all round. terrific.

1  Thank Michael A
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