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The Ark

€€ - €€€, British,
West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
+44 1273 517808
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (54 reviews)
“paella” (15 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BP, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Suggested by a friend who lives locally remarking on how it had improved since new management/ refurb. Indeed the decor has changed since last time I had been ( agreeable if slightly "plastic-y": all plants are fake). Menu is varied swelled by its tapas offering....More

1  Thank Alex B
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. Quality is paramount to us at The Ark, which is why we use the highest quality ingredients for our dishes. It is priced very fairly. We have created a Mediterranean feel to The Ark, but unfortunately due to our climate...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a drink in here one afternoon and it was very pleasant, looking out over a non too pretty harbour. Came a couple of days later with my cousin and her hubbie. The food was very nicely cooked and tasted good but if I had...More

1  Thank malcthetalc55
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you. Our food is prepared & cooked to order by our professional chefs, using high quality ingredients, delivered daily. We do endeavour to be as fair as we can with our prices. We have recently changed the serving of the fish & chips to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've read the reviews. This is a really fun place, and perhaps when you visit you should try their 'tapas'. These are larger than the authentic Spanish tapas so we found 3 plates shared between two of us was ample for lunch. The selection offered...More

1  Thank Pamela W
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

A great review, thank you. The tapas is extremely popular. The olives directly from Spain. The decor entertaining & unique, for our customers to enjoy. On the traditional menu lots of customers love fish & chips, it is a firm favourite. Fish delivered fresh, daily...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a late lunch and a drink here, and couldn't fault it at all. The food, we had the Ark's own steak burger and a couple of tapas - whitebait and patatas bravas with aioli, followed by the pecan tart and Ahogado (with Cointreau,...More

2  Thank Gram S
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to place a review. How lovely, that you found us faultless! The Ark burger is homemade from steak. The tapas are all cooked to order. Our desserts are accompanied by Mr Whippy ice cream, what could be better! The...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the restaurant last Wednesday evening and found it to be busy. I chose the fish platter which was beautiful and good value too. Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Will definitely return in a couple of weeks time.More

1  Thank Karen S
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for reviewing us! We do get busy, but never too busy to look after our customers. The fish platter is a firm favourite with everyone & looks superb when it comes to the table. We endeavour to price fairly for very good quality...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this as the reviews were very good. On arrival although the table was reserved it was not correctly laid. Which would not bother me had the food been good. I ordered the cod and chips. Upon opening the batter what little fish was...More

Thank devinelisette
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Good Evening, Thank you for your feedback. I have spoken to my manager who served you on that night. She has said that due to this being mentioned after most of the meal had been eaten, her judgement was to offer a complimentary dessert. She...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Late afternoon, dropped in for quick meal, excellent service from Emma, again values for money right by the river side.More

Thank samtosha4u
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

How lovely of you to mention a valued staff member. It really makes us very proud when a staff member gets a mention for their efforts. Continually our staff go above & beyond to give our customers excellent service, & your mention of Emma is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Ark with daughter and her husband whilst staying with them on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our evening. Super food, lovely staff, great atmosphere, great décor. When down from North Wales next on holiday will make sure more visits will be...More

Thank Dorothy H
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Diolch yn fawr iawn! We really appreciate your kindness in taking the time to review us. I am so pleased you enjoyed the food, & whole experience at The Ark. I will pass your comments on to our wonderful team, who work tirelessly to give...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super pub restaurant in the oddly designed town of Newhaven; there are only a handful of decent eateries here but this one has the nicest decor and best selection of wines. They really cater for the comfort of the customer and are creating a really...More

Thank Ali T
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

How very kind indeed! I created The Ark incorporating all I would want when going out for a meal & drinks. The formula seems to be working very well! The essence is to love what you do, & employ a team who care about the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food and a warm welcome from the owner during our visit en route to France. What a lovely memory to leave the uk behind for a few weeks.More

Thank Richard D
Dietcoke163, Owner at The Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much! I think you were the man on crutches? We did look like bookends, as I had injured my leg too! You were a lovely couple & we are only too pleased to make a great start to your holiday. I hope...More

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Paul S
20 September 2016|
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Response from | Property representative |
Good Afternoon, Yes we do have gluten free options, one of which is an aubergine & chickpea curry, please ask our staff as there are also other tapas options. Thank you for your enquiry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$27
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Romantic
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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