Snugly located in the Arches, on Brighton beach, The Copper Clam has been on our to-go-to list for a little while.
A few weeks ago our editor Shelley was invited down to family run seafood restaurant, which opened last year, to meet other writers and foodie bloggers, for a fun evening of festive food and drink – and she’s pleased to report it didn’t disappoint. Here’s why she’ll be heading back this Christmas and why she thinks you should too…
A cosy, copper ambience
With warm lighting, exposed brickwork and one of the loveliest views (yep, even in the dark!) of Brighton – the beach – cosiness levels are high at The Copper Clam.
Team the snug surroundings with the touches of on-trend copper and the friendliness of the family team, and it would be so easy for a long, lazy lunch to turn into night time wine time. Just get snuggled at a table near the window and enjoy the atmosphere.
Festive fishy fare
When it comes to Christmas, I’m one of those that start to over-indulge by late November. But by mid-December I’m hankering for something that doesn’t involve pigs in blankets and roast potatoes (hey, a girl’s gotta save herself for the ultimate meal of the year!) and that’s why I loved The Copper Clam’s festive offerings.
During the evening, my fellow diners and I were given sneaky tastes at their locally sourced Christmas dishes, which included casino oysters and octopus with saffron, along with pork tenderloin with chestnuts, pistachio and moscato liqueur. These all tingled the festive taste buds but I especially loved the oysters. These had a delicious hot kick, thanks to the Tabasco and I’m pretty sure, I could have eaten them all.
We also tasted new main menu offerings; scallops with cauliflower puree and bacon jam, vegan tomato and leek risotto, as well as three desserts! I think that we were all in agreement that scallops with bacon jam is one of the best flavour combinations we’d all had.
It was absolutely divine eating Christmassy food, without a gravy boat or a sprout in sight.
It’s Christmas and nothing says Christmas more than cocktails.
Armed with talented mixologist Julien and over 100 spirits – yes, you read that right, 100 – behind the bar, we each created our own cocktails, based on our likes and dislikes. I went for a floral gin cocktail which came out magically pink and tasted light, delicate and delicious.
But if you don’t fancy trying your hand at making your own (you can do this too though – a 10 minute cocktail making session, costs just £10), just chat to Julien and the Copper team and they’ll shake you up a mighty mix to accompany your meal. YES PLEASE.
Or, if you’re a wine fan – give the house wine a try. The Copper Clam team told us that house wine shouldn’t be just ‘the cheaper option’ but represent their house flavours and at just £17.00 for a bottle; their French offerings certainly give a chic – and affordable – flair to their fare.