Laughing Fish, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5XB
Traditional good Sussex Pub and restaurant
7 reviews of Browns in English
Been here quite a few times when in Brighton on business, and this is where we like to go when we have something to celebrate. The food is always good and the staff friendly and helpful. It is a little expensive but worth it for a special occasion.
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Went here for a meal on a Friday night. Staff were very polite and helpful, and didn't bother us too much! The food was lovely I had chicken in prosciutto and my friends had fish & chips and a burger. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal however the burger was still pink. Atmosphere was great and would certainly go back again. Maybe next time for afternoon tea!
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Browns is one of those rare places where it’s impossible to go wrong with anything that you order. One of Brighton’s most well-known restaurants, it has a well-deserved, excellent reputation. Although slightly at the pricier end drinks-wise at between £5-£8 a cocktail, the food offers undeniably brilliant value for money. At around £5-9 for a starter and £10-£18 for a main course, it’s not a particularly cheap evening out, but it is an excellent value one.
The interior of the place feels distinctly continental – bistro-style seating, lots of plants, a huge floor-to-ceiling window, specials written in swirly writing on chalk boards and incredibly friendly, well-trained staff. I actually cannot fault the atmosphere of the place. It isn’t stunning, but it complements the menu and food pricing perfectly. In the same way as the food, you get what you pay for in atmosphere too.
You want a bit more detail about the food? OK then. As an aperitif cocktail, I ordered a chilled white port with Fever Tree tonic which was absolutely delicious and not bad value as far as the rest of the drinks menu goes at just £4.25. For starters, I had the goat’s cheese stuffed mushrooms (£5.25) which were served with a garnish of rocket. I’ve got to say they were gorgeous. I don’t know what the goat’s cheese was flavoured with, but it was marvellously sharp and tangy. As a main course, I went for the prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with telagio, accompanied by wilted spinach and butternut squash (£12.95) with a side of chunky chips (£2.95). It was to die for – the strong taste of the telagio had spread through the entire chicken breast, which had been pan-fried to make it go deliciously crisp. Mouth-wateringly good. The chunky chips, which were hand-cut and tasted almost garlicky, were so delicious I’m craving them again just writing this.
The service, although a tiny bit slow, was impeccable otherwise. Our waitress was lovely, and when my friends’ sparkling wine was served in a chipped glass (which she didn’t realise until half-way through the drink), another brand-new full glass was brought over in the blink of an eye. Top marks from me – I’ve definitely got to go here again soon.
For a long time I’d wanted to see what Browns was all about. Having been impressed by the exterior I was pleasantly surprised to find the interior equally pleasing. You’d never know it was a chain restaurant and even when you find out your impression of the place doesn’t diminish. It has plenty of character and plenty of style. For somewhere that markets itself as a high-end bistro, however, it has a few shortcoming albeit minor ones. First of all out waiter seemed very unsure of himself and had trouble making natural-sounding conversation whilst serving. His ability to hold four plates at a time was under no question but unfortunately he followed that by pouring champagne all over the table. There’s something about the atmosphere that makes you unsure whether you’re in a trendy bistro or a family restaurant and the lack of double table settings does seem to suggest that families bring Browns a lot of business. As such I’d recommend this place to anyone looking to enjoy a great meal with friends or family. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the food, in fact I go as far as to say it’s pretty special. Don’t be fooled by the façade though, it’s not the ultra-high-end brasserie it wants to be so if you’re going to spend over £80 on a two-person meal there are better options. That said, I’d would definitely eat here again.
I came here for a Birthday celebration, there were 12 of us. The table we were given was well laid and the staff helpful. The menu was modern British with lots of pasta, soups and fish dishes. They also had all your burgers, steaks etc. All the food was well cooked and of good quality and there was a large selection of drinks. However, there is a 10% surcharge for bottles of wine ordered by parties of 8 or more! Why? The staff were very attentive and th decor very nice and light. Not as expensive as it could be.
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