The Salt Room Terrace, Brighton

by Eshé Brown

The Salt Room Botanical Terrace

Dine and drink alfresco style with direct sea views at The Salt Room Botanical Terrace

I think it’s safe to say none of us could have predicted we’d have a summer this glorious. Britain basking in scorching sunshine for more than a couple of weeks, without so much as a droplet of rain doesn’t happen very often. Neither does getting to the World Cup semi-final either, we’re on a roll!

With this abundance of good weather, you really need to know where all the best spots are to enjoy your tipple of choice in the sunshine. So, I’ve decided to give you a hand with a new “where to drink” series on the blog highlighting my favourite spots that do just that.

The Salt Room Botanical Terrace launch party - Foodie Eshé, Lareese Craig and Sammy Paget (The Third Place)The Salt Room x Bombay Sapphire Botanical Terrace

I’ll kick things off with The Salt Room Terrace on The Kings Road, which has very recently had a botanical revamp. First and foremost, The Salt Room is a seafood restaurant but it also has a mighty fine selection of cocktails and its open-air terrace is the perfect place to dine and drink alfresco style.

In 2017 Matt Otterly The Salt Room’s former Bar Manager won “best barkeep” at Brighton’s Best Restaurants Awards but he’s now left and French mixologist, Julien Billet has taken over and refreshed the cocktail menu.

Julien worked under Matt originally but he’s now been promoted and works alongside the teams at both the London and Brighton Coal Shed (sister restaurants of The Salt Room) to inspire their lists too.

I’ve now been down a couple of times for cocktails and nibbles, including a recent visit to check out the revamped terrace, in partnership with Bombay Sapphire.

Fifty-Fifty with Star of Bombay, vermouth & orange

The invite really hyped up the “botanical terrace” but essentially it’s the same great space with some of the best seafront views but it now features copper panels all the way around the outside, as well as hanging greenery and wall planters, giving it a botanical garden feel. It’s the drinks (and nibbles) that are something to get really excited about though.

Botany Negroni gin cocktail at The Salt Room

Botany Negroni with rosemary and lavender

Botanist Cup gin cocktail at The Salt Room

Botanist Cup with Bombay Sapphire, cucumber, elderflower, vanilla, lemon and Prosecco

Drawing influence from Bombay Sapphire’s 10 botanical ingredients, Julien and his team have devised a bespoke cocktail list based on the traditional Martini, gin & tonic and Negroni cocktails.

These include:

  • The Star of Bombay Tonica A long and fresh cocktail made with Star of Bombay*, tonic water, cardamon & lime
  • Botanist Cup A sweet, long cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire, cucumber, elderflower, vanilla, lemon & Prosecco
  • Botany Negroni A short and bitter cocktail made with Negroni, thyme, rosemary & lavender
  • Fifty-fiftyA sharp short cocktail made with Star of Bombay, Vermouth, orange & flowers

*Star of Bombay the more premium Bombay Sapphire gin, which is smoother and stronger than the classic, with two additional botanicals carefully selected then slowly distilled for a more intense flavour.

With cocktails this smooth it can be easy to drink too much and forget about food. Luckily, as well as the full seafood and steak offering at the restaurant there are lots of delicious light bites you can order too.

I recommend the crispy salt cod fritters or melt in the mouth tempura prawns and if you’re after something really special, the granite oysters.

Cocktails are competitively priced (£8-£10) but food prices are right at the top end here and the portions are also on to small side too, so be prepared to make a dent in your wallet before you’re full.

The Salt Room Pride Brunch

Finally, if you’re looking for somewhere special to enjoy the upcoming Pride parade (Saturday 4th August) The Salt Room puts on a spectacular seafood Pride Brunch on the terrace every year, and with elevated views of the parade, places usually go very fast! Tickets this year cost £75pp for brunch or £120pp for the brunch and lunch double-whammy.

Included in the ticket price are free-flowing Regal Rogue punch and a selection of sweet and savoury canapés. Highlights of which will be seaweed crumpets, smoked mackerel pate, oysters, crab scotch eggs and rainbow macarons. Find the full pride menu here.

Brunch is between 10.30am – 12.30pm and lunch starts at 2:30pm. £5 of the ticket price will also be donated to the Brighton & Hove Pride Festival.

The Salt Room
106, King’s Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU

*Disclaimer: I was invited to The Salt Room Botanical Terrace launch party but I always write what I think, honestly, regardless of any comps.

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