I’d walked past the Blackbird Tea Rooms many a time, usually on my way to breakfast at Café Coho or en route to Bagelman. It wasn’t until Mr Baskets and I decided to break away from our usual routine that we actually gave it a second look.
A vintage retreat in the South Lanes of Brighton, the Blackbird Tea Room could be easily missed amongst the more bold cafés nearby such as Marwoods or Coho. We stepped inside and were instantly transported back in time. Mismatched cutlery, floral crockery, patterned wallpaper and miniature tables and chairs are spread across two floors. It was a toss up between afternoon tea and breakfast/brunch but keeping to true tradition, we chose the Breakfast menu. It was Sunday after all…
I went for the Blackbird Rarebit with Portobello mushrooms and a soft duck egg served on toast. DELICIOUS. Our food and drinks were served on a tea trolley, upholding the vintage tearoom feel, and was beautifully presented. My egg was so soft and juicy that I managed to end up wearing it. Not the greatest of starts but my own fault. That aside, it was really tasty and something more unusual than I’d normally go for (eggs benedict).
Mr Baskets went for the Eggs Royale with extra spinach, equally as good looking and cooked to perfection. It really is a terrible situation when the eggs aren’t soft and you’re without enough hollandaise sauce… this was not the case here.
With coffee and an apple juice, the bill came to £22.50. Without the spinach, both dishes were reasonably priced and I would certainly recommend the Blackbird Tea Rooms as the perfect breakfast date or afternoon tea spot.
Jess – The Hunger Laine