Whilst the hordes are taking to the beach and seafront for their, ahem, lengthy British summer, you’re going to be finding us basking in the hidden treasure that is Terre a Terre’s terrace garden…
For those of you who don’t know what Terre a Terre is, we’re going to have a little reminder. Firstly, it’s an amazing restaurant with utterly stunning food. Secondly – it’s a vegetarian restaurant.
And it’s important you get that in the right order. This is vegetarianism that’s much more about indulgence than abstinence, and the food comes first. It doesn’t matter a bit that there’s no meat in it.
For those of you who are already familiar with the gourmet delights of this place, did you know Terre a Terre had a garden out the back?
It’s a bit unexpected, as the restaurant is in one of those closely-knit roads in the centre of Brighton where you can hardly even fit on the pavement – but look! There is it! Not only an outdoor space in a busy metropolis, but one that gets the sun too.
“It’s an absolute sun trap,” says TaT’s commercial manager Olivia Reid, “and it’s open seven days a week. We’re just getting stuck into our summer menu now and it’s a perfect location to sit and enjoy a cocktail, or some food, or just a glass of wine. In the peace and quiet!”
This summer sees a really sexy menu coming our way, with tapas plates and afternoon bites, a light dinner menu or brunch; Olivia explains that their key influences are “fresh summery flavours, asparagus, corn cakes with oregano lime mojo and smoked satay tofu, but we’re also doing these Big Bamboo Steamers, which have steamed rice buns stuffed with some amazing ingredients.
We also have a licence so you can just come in for a glass of one of our amazing organic wines – or have tea and something sweet.”
‘Something sweet’ includes stuff like Summer Pudding, or the Raspberry Spring Thyme Berry Berry Nice which is caramelised mille feuille puff pastry with lemon thyme vanilla crème, fresh English raspberries and lemon curd, raspberry white chocolate crumb and medlar, rosehip and elderflower honey. Yeah.
Finally, we want to mention the mocktails – something that’s sorely under-explored in so many venues. Non-alcoholic drinks featuring English summer fruits, berries, elderflower, gingers, lychees and pomegranates fill a good section of the drinks menu – but don’t worry, there’s plenty with a few shots in too if you prefer!
Terre a Terre
71 East Street