Food & Drink Reviews
Brown’s Salt House
Set against the backdrop of the choppy North Sea and dramatic jagged cliff tops, The Salt House is situated along the inspiring sea front that is Cullercoats. And it has the ability to capture all manner of seasons in its menus; from a lovely chilled glass of wine in the summer to a warm delicious stew in winter.We settled on the oven-baked whole Camembert from the Light Bites menu, sharing one portion between the two of us which made a great starter. Studded with fresh rosemary sprigs, garlic and great hunks of toasted bread, this was mouth-wateringly gooey, thick and creamy. The onion marmalade made a great addition, balancing the sharp undertone so distinct of Camembert, and priced at just £6.95! Other options to choose from included a veggie platter with olives, hummus and sundried tomatoes (£6.95), nachos with spicy re-fried beans (£5.95), and a steak fajita wrap with pan fried peppers and potato wedges (£6.95). There was a delicious choice of main meals from the Delicious Dinners menu, from Fish Pie (£8.95) made with fresh salmon, cod and Greenland prawns, to lamb stew (£8.95) with root vegetables, rosemary infused parmentiere potatoes (a perfect winter-warmer), bangers and mash (£8.50) prepared with succulent Cumberland sausages and the classic chicken burger (£8.50) with Mexican cheese and homemade chips. We decided on the chilli con carne (£7.95) and the Moroccan vegetable stew (£7.95), both of which were portion-perfect and came with a selection of zesty lemon and lime dips which were fresh and reviving (just give me a spoon and I could have eaten the dips alone!). The chilli con carne was served with the finest steak mince, chillies, kidney beans and juicy tomatoes, along with basmati rice and a flour tortilla. These intense and fiery flavours were lively and just the ticket for a frosty winter’s day. The Moroccan vegetable stew was incredibly tasty with eight colourful vegetables, homemade harissa sauce and fresh coriander; I relished every bite. Piquant and rich but not overpowering, I’d definitely have this again. The homemade cakes including rocky road, oaty flapjack and, my favourite, lemon cake with velvety butter icing, rounded off the meal in a delicious manner. The staff at The Salt House were very friendly, attentive (never overly so) and efficient, which was another big tick in their favour. When we left the restaurant, and were greeted once more with the rough sea waves, I smiled to myself knowing that I’d soon be crashing on these shores again myself, for another evening of culinary delights.
Brown’s Salt House, 6/7 Victoria Crescent, Cullercoats. Tuesday-Thursday 10.30am-11pm (last orders at the bar), Friday-Saturday 9.30am-11pm (last orders at the bar), Sunday 9.30am-5pm. Closed Monday (winter season). 0191 251 1699.