Features Editor, Samantha Harman sampled the cocktails at one of Brighton’s newest hotspots, the perfect start to any weekend.
The people behind The Salt Room and The Coal Shed have a new baby, Burnt Orange. The restaurant and cocktail bar opened its doors last year and no longer needs the association of its sister venues, word of mouth is extremely positive – so when I was invited to sample the cocktails I was ecstatic.
Table booked, I arrived shortly before 10pm on a Saturday evening and the approach immediately gave me holiday vibes. You enter through an intimate cobbled courtyard filled with bistro tables, glowing fairy lights and gorgeous climbing green foliage. Lively music drifted out of the open door and the restaurant was packed with drinkers and diners. This is clearly a place to come and enjoy the start of your weekend in style, a low-key party buzz before venturing further afield.
Our waitress, Ruby, a magnificent host, arrived promptly with menus and recommendations. I opted for a Sparkling Sorbet featuring; Cazcabel Honey, Lemon Cordial, Grapefruit Bitters, Prosecco and Passion Fruit Sorbet. The drink arrived in a long stemmed Coupe glass with its own spoon. A light lemon coloured liquid filled the interior with a generous ball of the aforementioned sorbet floating on top, which I stirred into the cocktail. The honey flavour was subtle and balanced well with the sharpness of citrus fruits and the melted sorbet added a delightful smooth dimension to the drink. I could have stuck to this one for the whole night, but in the name of research, I selected another.
Next up, a Caledonian Sour; Caorunn Gin, Chambord, Lemon Juice, Ginger Syrup, and Peychaud’s Bitters. The drink arrived in the same glass as before and was presented beautifully. A thick head of foam lying on top of red liquid, with half of the top dusted in a mystery pink (but tasty) powder. It reminded me of a red velvet cake and the taste was divine. Slightly sour, with a deep fruity aftertaste.
I didn’t eat on this occasion, but will definitely return after wandering past diners eating the most appetising smelling food on the way to the loo. This venue is perfect for parties and celebrations of any kind, but booking is advised.