I want to start something new on this blog.
There are TOO MANY beautiful haunts in Brighton that not only have exquisite food, but lush interiors and a real friendly atmosphere. Where do you go first? Where should you visit if you're coming to the city?
Well say hello my new feature, Wine, Dine + Interior Design.
Bringing you the best places to book in for delicious food and interior inspiration.
My first review is of Brighton's new kid on the block (well, relatively new, new to me!) The Salt Room, on King's Road in Brighton.
This place recently saw a huge refurbishment from what it used to be, Bar 106 which was a dated, soulless hangout that was in need of some style and personality.
The Salt Room now stands in its place, and although it's carried on the industrial chic trend almost 90% of all new bars and restaurants in Brighton are sporting, this place has something about it that most Brighton restaurants lack.
It's difficult to pin point exactly what it is, but on reflection I think it's an abundance of class. The minute you step inside, you feel like you're somewhere special, somewhere swanky (making it an obvious choice for special occasions like Christmas lunches and birthdays).
The rustic material on the exposed brick walls, married with the smooth marble table tops work effortlessly together. Throw in the most gorgeous copper and vintage lighting and you're on to a winner.
The restaurant itself sits directly opposite Brighton's West Pier, with sea views and sunsets making it a really atmospheric spot, and given The Salt Room prides themselves on serving delicious British seafood (which is exactly that, delicious) it really makes it the perfect setting.
On to the food. I'd overindulged earlier in the day so opted for their lunch menu which was great value for money and had a good variety of dishes. Two courses for £15, you can't go wrong.
I opted for the Iron bark, mushroom, walnut, Brighton blue granola to start, the Lamb rump, anchovy, almond, aubergine and broccoli for mains, and some raspberry ice cream made in house for dessert. All was beautiful, but a little word of advice on the lamb front, it was quite rare in the middle, so if you prefer well cooked meat let the staff know whilst you're ordering.
The wine was delicious, I went for a glass of Chilean Reserva Syrah which really complimented the lamb, and was so tempted by their fab selection of cocktails that it's made me fully contemplate taking friends there for a quick cocktail and maybe some lunch there this Christmas. Don't expect cheap drink prices in this place mind you, my wine was about £7 for a glass, and the cocktails are £8.50. Great place to have one or two though, and not spend a whole evening.
Overall I couldn't be more inspired by The Salt Room's wine, food and decoration. I'll certainly be heading back here soon for a spot of lunch with friends and cocktails to celebrate special occasions.
A big thanks to The Salt Room for offering this experience to me complimentary. All words and views my own.