We really love 47 Mussel Row and have been there numerous times.
Gloria (front of house) and her husband Andros (the chef) are the owners and do a superb job.
Andros’s cooking, besides being very good, is always seasoned perfectly.
Also, you see quite a few unusual dishes on the menu, which is very enjoyable for me, not to have to eat the run-of-the-mill dishes.
I wish I could persuade Andros to make custard to go with some of his lovely desserts, but to date… I failed!
Many people think it is just a fish restaurant, which is not the case because there are plenty of other choices available.
In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in Littlehampton.
Kat (restaurant manager) is wonderful and she even remembers the wines I have drunk on previous occasions. The other girls are also charming and the service is impeccable.
Anybody who hasn't eaten here yet is losing out.
Why Mussel Row?
Pier Road was once called Mussel Row. In 1829/30 a certain John Peckham Henly built a row of thirteen cottages alongside the river, just above the Oyster Pond. Known at first as Henly’s Buildings they were intended for the use of local watermen, and members of the oyster fleet, who stored their catch in the oysterpond and moored their boats close by. Since however these chaps were pretty tough and muscular, the row quickly became known more familiarly as 'Muscle Row', and it is by this name that the cottages are often identified on early Victorian plans and maps. Towards the end of the century, after the oystermen had gone, their oyster beds exhausted, the name took on a genteel twist and became 'Mussel Row'.
The (current) cottages were rebuilt in 1929 on the old foundations…..what is interesting about these places, both the old and the new, is that they are deeper at the back than at the front, since they were built on the landward slope of the embankment raised to cut off the old river estuary and to turn the stream to its present outlet, a completely artificial cut made in the 1830s.
*This information was taken from ‘Littlehampton Then and Now’
by H. J. F. Thompson