Best In Sussex | Afternoon Tea Edition | The Salt Room, Brighton

*Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room was a gifted experience for my Best In Sussex blog series but this in no way affects the review I give*

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well.

It’s the second post in my Best In Sussex blog series, where I’m reviewing every different cuisine and food experience out there, going to a load of different places in Sussex for each one, rating them all, and crowning a winner for each section. The first section I’m reviewing is Afternoon Tea, and you can catch the first post here, where I review The Ivy.

Today, I’m reviewing the Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room in Brighton; I’d already reviewed an Afternoon Tea in Brighton, and as it’s Best In Sussex I’m keen to venture out, but what The Salt Room offers is so unique that I knew I had to go and do a review.

The Salt Room Afternoon Tea Menu

Savoury Options:

Crab Bun, Brown Crab Mayo, Mustard Cress

Whipped Cod Roe, Malt Vinegar and Chips

Crispy Egg, Seaweed Salad Cream

Salt Cod Fritter, Roast Garlic Mayo

Potted Ham Knuckle, Piccallili

Sweet Options:

Homemade Scone with Orange Marmalade and Clotted Cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding, Whiskey Caramel

Rhubarb, Custard, Meringue

Chocolate Orange Doughnut

Chocolate Pebbles


Drink Options:

JING Tea or Pelicano Coffee

JING Flowering Tea

East London Liquor Company G&T

Collet, Brut

It’s a very different kind of Afternoon Tea menu to your classic one, but I like it; it’s different, very seaside/Brighton themed and it’s a fun twist to what you’d expect.

Drinks wise, we went for the East London Liquor Company G&T and a glass of Brut; sorry but how bloody pretty is the G&T?!

We’ll go from sweet to savoury:

I really enjoyed the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Whiskey Caramel; I’m not really a whiskey fan if I’m honest (more a £3.99 bottle of Blossom Hill kind of gal), so thankfully it wasn’t overpowering at all, it just tasted like caramel sauce with a kick.

The little Rhubarb Custard Meringues were really nice, and I especially liked the actual meringue casing; meringue was one of my favourite desserts growing up so it brought back some memories…good memories of having a proper dessert rather than ‘Have fruit or a yoghurt or nothing’ – we’ve all been there.

The Chocolate Orange Doughnut…wow this was so good. I love a doughnut, and this did not disappoint at all. I’m not normally a chocolate orange fan flavour-wise, but this changed my opinion.

The Chocolate Pebbles were very bloody rich – SO chocolately, that I am glad there was only one each, as anything more would’ve been too much to handle.

The Macaron, I couldn’t actually work out what the flavour was…I think maybe banana, but I’m not too sure – I am a macaron fan though, so any flavour is always welcome.

My favourite of all the sweet options was definitely the Homemade Scone with Orange Marmalade and Clotted Cream – the scones were absolutely unbelievably. Warm, freshly baked, crispy on the outside and fluffy inside…wow. Probably some of the best scones I’ve ever had in my life, and I’ve snorted a hell of a lot of scones in my time, as I’m sure you can imagine. The only thing is, I would’ve liked some jam as an option, but I understand that the angle they’ve gone for is something a bit different. My friend loved the orange marmalade, but I just opted for cream which was more than satisfactory.

Now for the savoury:

The Crab Bun with Brown Crab Mayo and Mustard Cress was my favourite thing of the entire Afternoon Tea; I didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did, as the black bun can look a little scary, but I literally loved it, it was so tasty, not overpoweringly fishy, and just generally unreal. We all know I’m not the best at describing food and tastes (handy that I’m doing a food series then…), but trust me; unbelievable. I keep saying unbelievable don’t I? I need to get some better adjectives.

Then, we had the Whipped Cod Roe, Malt Vinegar and Chips – this was great, the cod was really tasty and I loved the chips – crispy and salty, and they reminded me of a mini hash brown. Yum.

I loved the Crispy Egg with Seaweed Salad Cream – there was perfect yolk inside, one that I would never be able to recreate myself in a month 0f Sundays!

One of my favourite savoury items was the Salt Cod Fritter with Roast Garlic Mayo – I am a garlic mayo obsessive, and cod is one of my favourite types of fish so the combination was literally a match made in heaven. When it came to the Potted Ham Knuckle with Piccallili, I didn’t love the texture that much, but the ham was really tender and the flavours packed a proper punch.

All in all, I really did enjoy the Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room; it was fun, different and vibrant, and definitely one for fish lovers.

You can visit their website here;

Heart Rating Out Of 5: ♥♥♥♥

The next post in my Best In Sussex series will be live soon, and, if you’re a restaurant in Sussex wanting to get involved, please email me on – I look forward to hearing from you!

Speak soon!

All my love BGP xx