The address rings a bit of a bell...
and so it should. As every self respecting amateur social
historian with a special interest in the high society
of early 19th Century England knows, 131 Kings Road,
Brighton was the palatial seafront home of Harriott
Mellon, at the time the richest woman in Europe, widow
of banker Thomas Coutts and wife of the ninth Duke of
It became a restaurant in the early
1930's and it remains one of the oldest and most popular
seafront restaurants in Brighton, where you can experience
the tempting flavours of the locally caught fresh fish
whilst enjoying spectacular views of the sea and West
Pier. Eugenius Birch built the magnificent and unique
English seaside pleasure pier, over 130 years ago. Although
closed since 1975 and suffering decay, miraculously
the West Pier still survives, fundamentally unchanged
since 1916, as a magical and enduring part of British
architectural history and a key feature of the Brighton
for more history.
Emilio and Roberto Savvidas came to
Brighton from Cyprus during the early seventies to study
at the then Brighton Polytechnic, they took over the
Regency Restaurant in 1986.
"I started with grilled sardines,
which were perfectly cooked, the skin crisp, the
flesh succulent without being dry and coming away
from the bones without a single one attached. A Portugese
fisherman would have sucked his teeth in admiration
at sardines so admirably dispatched.
My vast crab, like 95% of the fish served here, was caught locally.....it
was sweet, soft and fibrous, and tasted of the sea that was spread out unto the
horizon before us."
Jay Rayner, OBSERVER
"Grilled whole plaice is a
treat - so generously proportioned is the fish that
it spills off the sides of the plate"
Nick Foulkes, EVENING STANDARD
"Well presented and cooked
to perfection, the fish provides a defiantly traditional
British moment of indulgence the kind the Empire was
built on and a feast of good, honest cooking fit for
any Prince Regent coming to Brighton to take the air."
David Atkinson, EAT SOUP
"Food: fresh and fishy, Atmosphere:
lively and cosmopolitan, Service: extremely friendly, Value: good"
"One of the best value restaurants
Simon Hoggart, SPECTATOR