I hope you’re all doing well.
So today, myself and my boyfriend went for afternoon tea at The Salt Room in Brighton; can you actually believe how efficient I’m being?! Just got home and already posting a blog – I feel like I need to rave about my efficiency here as it’s never happened before and will probably never bloody happen again!
Anyway, I’ve never been to The Salt Room. Well, I have now, obviously, but I hadn’t been before today, despite everyone singing it’s praises. I’m pretty boring when it comes to food and restaurants and I like just sticking to what I know and love, however I decided to take the plunge today!
As you can see…wow. Just wow. Not your average afternoon tea, eh?!
So, to accompany your afternoon tea, you can go for JING Tea or Roasted Bean Co. Coffee, JING Flowering Tea, East London Liquor Company G&T, or champagne. They used to offer the Taittinger Champagne, but they recently changed it, and I cannot remember which champagne they replaced it with – but for a prosecco tart like myself, it was gooood.
My boyfriend opted for the G&T, and just look how beautiful it is!? I’m not a huge gin fan, but I had a sip of his cocktail and it’s potentially converted me to gin cocktails for life; it was absolutely stunning.
The afternoon tea is made up of 3 tiers; the bottom layer is Savoury, and contains a Crab Scotch Egg, a Crumpet with Marmite Butter, Truffled Grilled Cheese sandwich, a Salmon & Squid Ink Bun, and an Aged Beef Tartare & Egg Yolk Jam Sandwich.
Everything else is Sweet; the second layer contains Plain Scones with Clotted Cream & Strawberry Elderflower Jam.
The top tier, is of course the piece de resistance the Candyfloss, and then the Chocolate Pebbles, Mocha & Praline Teacakes, Rhubarb Posset and Kalamansi & White Chocolate Macaroon.
Let’s start with the bottom layer; Savoury.
(From top to bottom; Salmon & Squid Ink Bun, Truffled Grilled Cheese, Crumpet with Marmite Butter, Crab Scotch Egg, Aged Beef Tartare & Egg Yolk Jam Sandwich).
I think it would be a fair comment to say my palette isn’t very mature (my mouth palette, taste kind of tongue palette…not my eyeshadow palette – my eyeshadow palettes are very mature. Very, very mature), and I’m not the greatest fish fan in the world. Give me a tuna jacket potato any day of the week, chuck me a cheeky prawn cocktail, I’m there. However, mackerel and all that kinda jazz, nope. Get it away. Not up for.
I decided, however, to be the big grown up girl that I am, and try every single thing today, and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised.
The Salmon & Squid Ink Bun scared the shit out of me to look at, but tasted absolutely fine. I can just about deal with cooked salmon, but this was raw salmon by the looks of things, and it was genuinely really nice. I think I need to stop being so scared by food and just try things as I’ll end up liking a lot more stuff.
The next thing was my absolute fave out of everything; the Truffled Grilled Cheese. I love a cheese toastie, me, which is essentially what this was in mini-version and a bit spruced up. I doubt they made it on a George Foreman grill like I do of a Wednesday lunchtime. It was so delicious, with red onion in (it probably wasn’t. it was probably some kind of new-age vegetable that only proper foodies know about, and I’ve just called it a red onion). It was toasted to perfection, the cheese was gorgeous…I could eat that again and again and again.
The next item, the Crumpet with Marmite Butter, I also loved, which is surprising as I hate marmite. I didn’t actually realise this was the marmite crumpet hence why I ate it, and then subsequently really enjoyed it. My tastebuds has literally grown by about 20 years just from this afternoon.
Next, was the crab scotch egg. It looked so mouth-watering, with the yolk so runny and lovely, and all the goodness packed in around it. I do like crab, but had never thought of putting it with egg, but it truly was a match made in flavour heaven.
Lastly, was the Aged Beef Tartare & Egg Yolk Jam Sandwich. This was very good, and was in some kind of crispy thin situation…any foodie/anyone with any kind of knowledge whatsoever reading this is going to be seriously sighing right now. I am not a foodie or food critic and have never claimed to me, I can basically just tell you if I think something tasted nice or not. Soz.
I really, really don’t like tartare of any description; fish or steak, but I gave this a go as I did with everything else and to be fair, I couldn’t even tell. The egg yolk jam took away any obvious rawness of the beef, and the crispiness of the casing of the sandwich was so good.
Next, it was time for dessert!
(From top to bottom; Plain Scones with Clotted Cream & Strawberry Elderflower Jam, Rhubarb Posset, Kalamansi & White Chocolate Macaroon, Chocolate Pebbles, Mocha & Praline Teacakes, Candy Floss).
The scones were my favourite out of all the sweet items, and my second favourite of everything after the Truffled Grilled Cheese. Really crispy bases, and soft fluffy middles, plus the clotted cream was the perfect thickness and the jam was to die for. The perfect size too, so they didn’t become too sickly.
The Rhubarb Posset was inside a macaroon and looked beautiful; I found the posset just a bit too bitter for my liking, and with the added rhubarb on top too it wasn’t entirely to my taste. Anyone who likes rhubarb or a dessert that’s not conventionally sweet will like this for sure though.
Again with the Kalamansi & White Chocolate Macaroon, I found it a little on the bitter lemon side, but that’s because kalamansi is citrus, and I’ve never been a huge lemon fan. If you like lemon, you’ll love these, as my boyfriend did!
The Chocolate Pebbles were just unreal; the most gorgeous rich chocolate truffles, I could have just gorged on these all day long.
The Mocha & Praline Teacakes were extremely indulgent and lovely; I’m not a mocha fan except in desserts, and so this really sat well with me. I like how you got two of each, and not a shedload, as more than one of each item would definitely become sickly (except the Truffled Grilled Cheese…GIMME THEM ALL), so one of each just sits perfectly.
Lastly, the Candy Floss; there’s not much you can really say about Candy Floss in general, except it’s very sweet and very fun, and I love it. I find it amazing that they added candy floss to the afternoon tea; it gives it such a quirky and unique edge, and makes it very Brighton-esque.
So…Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room. My thoughts?
I think that it’s a fun, different and indulgent option for Afternoon Tea; it’s not your bog standard cucumber sandwiches, couple of scones and some Earl Gray; it’s bold and it’s exciting, and it’s exactly what Brighton needed.
It covers all bases, for people who share both a sweet and savoury tooth, for fish eaters, and non fish eaters, for people who are adventurous with their food and a bit more reserved taste-wise like myself.
I really, really enjoyed my experience at The Salt Room and I would definitely come back; I think it’s a lovely place to come to catch up with friends, go with your mum, or as a couple. I actually think this would be an ideal first date, as the Afternoon Tea is such a talking point with all the different tiers, flavours and options, you wouldn’t really run out of things to talk about!
You can look at The Salt Room’s website here if you want to take a look for yourself, as they offer lunch and dinner too, and a cracking looking Sunday Roast!
Let me know if you book in for afternoon tea, and let me know your thoughts by tweeting me @btongirlprobs.
I hope you liked this post and I’ll speak to you all soon.
All my love BGP xx
*Our Afternoon Tea was very kindly complimentary, but as always opinions are 100% my own – I would never misinform you!*