On the corner of Ship Street in Brighton, there is a time travel portal. It’s called Blackbird Tea Rooms. Step in and you’ll find yourself transported back to the Victorian era.
On the menu are a choice of sandwiches, afternoon teas and cakes and snazzy breakfasts, just like the one here that I devoured. Crispy bacon, smashed avocado (no lumps – hurrah), perfectly poached (runny) eggs and feta, layered on top of wholemeal granary bread. It was an absolute beaut.
There is also an impressive range of teas on the menu: The Christmas Collection includes Orange Cookies Tea (a spicy loose leaf Tea), Rooibos Cinnamon Angel (a caffeine-free aromatic blend of almond, orange blossoms, apple with the scent of cinnamon) and Chocolate Tea (a new blend of Black Tea with broken cocoa pieces and white chocolate chips).
Then there is the Assam (a malty character, with some sweetness), Darjeeling (a toasty, muscatel flavour) Jasmine (sweet, fruity and delicate) and of course, the classic – but not to be sniffed at, English breakfast.
The English Breakfast at Blackbird is a loose leaf Ceylon tea from the famous tea growing region of Uva in Si Lanka. It’s traditionally drunk with a small amount of milk and is a refreshingly full flavoured.
PRICE: £12-13 for breakfast + a pot of tea
I really don’t know why I haven’t tried this place sooner. The quirky vintage theme combined with quality food earns it full marks from me and adds so much to the unique and independent food scene which I love about Brighton.