Review: Marrocco’s, Hove

Probably most famous for their icecream, Marrocco’s is a traditional, family-run restaurant on Hove seafront.  They opened in the 30’s as an icecream parlour but in the late 90’s they decided to turn it into a restaurant.  You can read the full story here, as well as lots about their ethos and promises/claims about using only the best and freshest ingredients available anywhere

If I had to choose one word to sum up my overall impression of Marroccos I wouldn’t choose the word ‘best’ or ‘fresh’, the word that immediately springs to mind is… sloppy. From the pizzas to the REVOLTING lavatories, it was just, well, sloppy. I’ll explain.

The first time I visited (in 2012 I believe) I was out for a meal with the ex so I shan’t dwell on it for too long, I wouldn’t even mention it, had I not been back last week, and if anything it had got worse.. I’ll just post some pictures below with a ‘summing up’ caption.

Fine, nothing special and lettuce was unnecessary
Bruschetta- 4/10 (if that)
He liked it, I thought it was unbelievably ordinary

To be honest I cannot for the life of me understand why I didn’t write a review about this the first time round, I think it was around the time I started my blog so perhaps was apprehensive about going in on someone so harshly… two years on and another disappointing meal I don’t really feel like I can keep my mouth shut any longer.

I visited on a Tuesday in late August with a fellow (Italian) blogger and a local artisan baker/pizzeria owner, with the intention of visiting here and two other Italian resturants that evening, to put their pizza through their paces. This was serious business with Fran even creating her very own spreadsheet of judgment.. oh how I LOLed.

We stuck to Hove for this leg of the tour with plans to do a Brighton run as well- I’ll put all the results together into one big post.

This mural was the best thing about the whole place…

I’m quite enjoying keeping it short and succint with a caption for each photo instead of a paragraph explaining.. it just doesn’t seem necessary in the case of this review, the pictures tell you everything you need to know.

Unseasoned batter and rubbery (frozen I bet) calamari 
Grated cheese and far too much tomato sauce
Bakers droop 
Soggy bottom
SO raw

Despite all being ravenous, we didn’t even finish these two dishes between the three of us. That should tell you everything you need to know.

What I experienced next was worse than any mediocre food I’d been served in there.

The lavatories….

Close up

This is where you’re meant to dry your freshly washed and clean hands… LOLs. I didn’t say anything to the management, not because I’m a pussy, but because it would have taken weeks, if not months to get that filthy, so I refuse to believe that no-one had noticed, they’d just not seen it as a priority. Totally unacceptable and disgusting. I’ve shown loads of people this photo and they were all as horrified as me- NO excuse.

It stank…

It’s all very laudable letting people come in off the beach and use your loos, but clean them regularly enough so that they don’t smell like half of Hove seafront have been relieving themselves in there!

Would you want your kid sitting in that filth?!
What you’d expect really


That blue one looks ever so authentic…..

I took a quick snap of the icecream on my way out. I’ll be honest, I’ve heard good things about the it, but from people whose opinion I wouldn’t necessarily trust when it comes to food quality.  Then yesterday, someone whose opinion I trust very much* said the following ‘We made the trip
over one evening to have an ice cream sundae, it was just terrible, budget
Iceland ice cream would have tasted better’. Nuff said I think.
*This person is nowhere near as outspoken as I am…

I usually write a summing up paragraph, but I think the photos and my previous comment should be enough for you to work out my thoughts.

Have you been to Marroccos? Where else would you like to see me review for the pizza challenge? Tweet me or comment below (you don’t need a Blogger account to do so) x



  1. September 9, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    One good thing I found was that their ice cream sundaes were really good, my kids loved them. Sadly the service also lets it down. One of my friends went to Marroccos and left without even ordering because they just couldn't get the waiters' attention despite waiting for ages. I've been twice and I didn't find the food as bad as you did, but again the service was lacking. I think they must get a lot of passing trade because there is always a big queue for the ice cream and it doesn't take many people to fill up the restaurant, but possibly this has made them complacent?

    • September 11, 2014 / 11:05 am

      Interesting that you said that about the service as that and the interior were the only things I didn't have a problem with! Definitely agree re complacency, they know they smash it with the tourists so cut corners! x

  2. September 11, 2014 / 10:39 am

    I've heard good things about Pizzaface but never tried it. Might be worth a go!

    • September 11, 2014 / 11:06 am

      I deffo need to try a whole one Patsy, had various slices when hungover of other people's but am yet to properly sample- it's just around the corner from me too so should get on it really!

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