Food & Drink

Thai restaurant re-opens after £150,000 refit

Besi Besemar November 18, 2014

The Giggling Squid in Hove has re-opened after it suffered £150,000 worth of storm damage in July following a summer storm which resulted in thousands of gallons of rainwater pouring in through the roof of the floor-story building.

Glggling Squid

THE 80-COVER, two-floor restaurant first opened in 2009, introducing the concept of ‘Thai Tapas’ to the UK dining market. The group now have restaurants in Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Henley-on-Thames, Reigate, Stratford-upon-Avon, Marlow, Horsham and Sevenoaks, with three more sites planned for opening in early 2015 in Chichester, Bristol and Salisbury. Owners Pranee Laurillard, and her husband Andy hope to open 50 sites across the country by 2018.

Whilst the expansion has come against a back drop of one of the worst economic downturns in a generation, the pair have forged the concept in what remains the country’s most competitive dining scene outside, London – that of Brighton and Hove.

Hove will host Giggling Squid’s first Thai gourmet evening on Monday, January 26 with a six-course tasting menu, costing £35 per head.

There will also be an option to order the menu with different paired wines for each course at £49 per person. The gourmet menu will be served at other Giggling Squid restaurants throughout 2015, allowing customers to try smaller portions of new and favourite dishes at a single sitting.

The wines will be selected by Toby Peirce of Brighton and Hove based Quaff Wines, who supply all Giggling Squid restaurants nationally. Quaff has designed a wine list which shows a combination of the wines customers expect to see, such as Pinot Grigio and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with more aromatic and exotic styles

Following extensive taste trials, Quaff has introduced fruit-driven New World wines with an, “easy going” tempranillo from Spain and an Argentinian Malbec which is proving especially especially popular with regulars.

Giggling Squid has established a strong reputation for its authentic, rustic and fresh Thai cooking with the emphasis on street food and coastal specialities. The food is prepared by master Thai chefs using fresh ingredients, sourced locally where available with much of the fish being landed at Shoreham Harbour.

The lunch menu offers a choice of six Tapas-style ‘tasting sets’ that allow diners to sample several of different dishes in at a single sitting, costing between £9.25 and £11.50 with 16 individual dishes priced under £4.50.  “Big” dishes with rice cost £6.75 to £8.50. “Combi” meals with starters are priced between £6.75 and £7.95.

The evening menu is more extensive with over 50 dishes available. Signature dishes include: Thai Green Chicken Curry, prawn satay, spring rolls, tom yum soup, prawn ma kham, sea bass fillet, lamb shank mossaman curry and my own personal favourite, salt and pepper squid.

Giggling Squid is also running a competition to win a fabulous holiday to Thailand including return flights and accommodation.

For more information about the competition, click here:


Venue: Giggling Squid in Hove

Where: 129 Church Rd, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2AE

Open hours: Noon – 4pm and 6pm – 10.45pm daily

Contact: Telephone 01273 771991