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The Ark

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West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
+44 1273 517808
11:00 - 00:00
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Peacehaven, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

have been several times always pleasant people and the food is always good but is not full menu great for walkers to have a nice lunch and a pint.views over the port and river

Thank williaminkpin
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been drinking at this pub now for years. I've found (more often then not) it to be an OK deal. Not cheap but not greatly expensive. HOWEVER, my partner and I met here after work and on this occasion, with the bar man not serving anyone, flat out ignored me for a total of 7 minutes before even acknowledging... More 

2 Thank ThePhantom2015
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Good morning, I can only deeply apologise. It would greatly help me to rectify the situation if you would contact me to give me a description of this member of staff. My personal number is 07512890807, I am the owner & my name is Penny. Thank you More 

A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited The Ark a couple of times now, met friends on Sunday for lunch and the food was to the exceptional standard as per normal. The staff can not do enough for you and always greet you with a smile.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you! A diamond, is what you are! Every review is a gem to us. I care immeasurably about my business & am hands on at every point, my family are equally supportive, giving a warm, friendly & welcoming atmosphere. Thank you again! More 

West Sussex, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stunning food and staff that could not be more warm and friendly and chatty Tapas is of exceptional standard, best I have ever eaten. Dog friendly too. I absolutely love this place

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

Thank you! We do have lovely people as customers & also lovely staff! We are family run & endeavour to provide the best service achievable. You will often see some of my family members even pop in to work for us in their spare time, giving exceptional service! More 

Lewes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

no atmosphere, the waiter would have had a coronery if he tried to smile,, the food ( Piella ) was disgusting and tastless and actually mde 2 of my party ill. there was noone else there so maybe we should have worked that out how bad this place is .. the first chap came and was pleasent, the next gut... More 

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

Good Afternoon, We have received no complaint from you at all at the time, or any communication apart from this.It is impossible for us to rectify any situation if we are not given the opportunity to do so. We also do a check back & at no point did you mention any issue. It is human to make mistakes &... More 

Croyde N.Devon
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went for lunch with her parents and our little Jack Russell dog having been recommended by a lovely local with a black spaniel .First time for us and my in -laws who live in Seaford and it will certainly not be the last! We were made so welcome by the lads. Food was great and so... More 

Thank JGPCroydeN_Devon
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback! All of us are enthusiastic about The Ark, & giving our customers a great experience. We love our four legged friends, who bring our two legged friends in! Thank you for your review. More 

A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived Sunday lunchtime without booking hoping there would be a table free. Staff very welcoming and accommodating. Great selection on menus. Asked to make a change to my meal which was fine. Food great! Staff great! Beer great! Nice location for a walk before and after eating to look at fishing boats. Nice interior and good size terrace for when... More 

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate you taking time to review us. I am so pleased we were able to offer high standards in every area of the whole Ark experience! Thank you again. More 

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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going in here for drinks for a few months while working in Newhaven, Great little pub with a lovely atmosphere. Decided to eat in here with some colleagues and was disappointed with my choice. I had the "Westcountry" mussels, the meats in and out of the shell were not so big, in a very strange sweet sauce,... More 

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

Good Afternoon, I do remember your party. The mussels were a premium product & were indeed fresh West Country mussels. That day we sold out & had very good feedback on them. The mussel portion sent as a sharer to the other table was a main meal portion, exactly the same weight as your portion. The bowls overflow with mussels.... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a little disappointed on this occasion, the sangria was not as good as usual with very soggy sloppy little pieces of strawberry every mouthful. The Tapas was ok, the paella seemed smaller amount with less meat and the price had gone up! The creme brûlée was excellent.

3 Thank ATBrighton
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Good Afternoon, Apologies if we did not come up to standard, we always replace products when there is any disappointment, so please, always tell us at the time & we will rectify it for you. The paellas have not altered in size, however, due to prices rises we have had to increase our price. Any queries please don't hesitate to... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Arc is happily our local and on Sunday we had a Sunday roast for the first time and we certainly weren't disappointed! It was the best roast we've had in ages - the rib of beef was delicious!!

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

I totally agree, scrumptious! The roasts are going down a storm. The lamb shank & beef rib is slow roasted to fall off the bone, accompanied by lovely fresh veg, roasties & a rich gravy. Thank you for your review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
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
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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