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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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West Sussex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yet another memorable meal with excellent produce, attentive staff and completely delicious food. We had crispy belly pork, chorizo in red wine, freshly baked artisan bread, goats cheese salad, beef strips in garlic and chili, cod goujons- a veritable feast - absolutely yummy thank you 😀

Thank valperry
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The last time I reviewed this place I went on and on about how great it was and how I believed it was the best thing to happen in Newhaven in a long time...a year on I'm delighted to see this superb establishment number 1 on TripAdvisor. The quirky decor the ambience the food and service continue to shine, making... More 

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

What a marvellous review! We are delighted with our Number One status, & certificate of excellence! It is so good to know we are achieving our goals. Thank you for your invaluable feedback, it is more than appreciated, that you take the time to review us, considering our busy lifestyles. Thank you for your continuing support! More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was excited to eat here recently after a day at the Seven Sisters as I had read good reviews on TA. I am sorry to say that I was disappointed with the experience. I found the staff unfriendly and the service poor. My friends and I were eating outside and stood at th bar for more than 10 minutes... More 

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

Good Morning, I can only apologise, we have been very busy this weekend, but this is no excuse. I will investigate why my staff weren't as attentive as they should have been. Can you assist me please, did you raise this issue with my staff regarding the sauce. I insist my staff notify me immediately & that has not happened.... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in after recommendation from a friend and what a pleasant experience it's been. Love the decor, clean,fresh, staff are lovely and the tapas were delicious. Definitely a good spot to enjoy nice food

2 Thank Lil_liz37
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

We love a recommendation. And we love excelling expectations. Thank you for visiting us & pass the recommendation! Thank you More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good place for a nice bear good service clean and beautiful bear garden a place good for family visits to.

1 Thank samantha h
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch on Sunday firstly the staff were very friendly and the menu was fantastic.Considering how busy it was our food arrived very quickly ,it was presented very well and very tasty. We will certainly return when in the area again Thank you.

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

We aim to please! We do get very busy, but we do our utmost to maintain our standards. Thank you very much for the time you have taken to review us. More 

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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to visit my mother and wanted somewhere nice to eat, which in the past has not be great in this area. Until we ate in the ark. Staff friendly and very helpful. Red wine Shiraz was good. Food exceptional. We had tapas to start which was authentic Spanish tapas. For main we had fish stew and I had a... More 

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

Thank you, & I hope you had a lovely Mothers Day. We have become very popular, & the tapas menu is a real hit. As you state the tapas is authentic, this is due to using very high quality Spanish ingredients. The wines are award winning & of exceptional quality. Our fresh is delivered daily for optimum freshness. Thank you... More 

Neville, France
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have reviewed The Ark, Newhaven a couple of times, each visit is completely different. The decor is quirky, and seems to change each time we visit, which is always interesting. The food is excellent, served hot, well presented and delicious, and the service is always very good. I would definitely recommend a visit to The Ark prior to boarding... More 

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

We love to be of consistently good service & high quality food. To have regular customers compliment us is so satisfying. It is great to know we are appreciated for our dedication. Thank you! More 

Level Contributor
50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great pub on the harbour side but so much more. Food here is particularly good and my last visit with a business colleague was memorable due to the tapas light meal This is always full of locals which says it all

2 Thank StewG2013
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We do strive to produce the best quality food, from the greasiest of ingredients. The Tapas menu is extremely popular. We may be very busy at times, however, we do our utmost to maintain our quality & service. Thank you for your kind review. More 

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten several times at The Ark and are always welcomed by the staff. The tapas selection is vast and absolutely amazing. Fresh and tasty. Can't wait till the summer time, sitting outside with a drink and this food is top on my list ! Well done The Ark.

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

Thank you! Summer is just around the corner, & we look forward to serving our lovely tapas & fish specials alfresco, & look forward to you joining us! Thanks again. 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
USD 6 - USD 26
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?