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Selfridges Pop-Up: Vintage Salt

Once every couple of summers there is a pop up restaurant on Selfridges rooftop.
A couple of years ago it was the first time Daylesford Farm made an appearance;  look how well they've done since then!
The setting is great, with views over Mayfair and even as far as Hyde Park - if you manage to navigate past the humongous mothership that has landed on top of Park House, off course. It makes you wonder how come they don't have a permanent bar up there?
This year Vintage Salt is bringing a touch of Cornwall to Oxford Street, the idea being built around a fishing village and seaside inspired menu.
The menu did trouble us a lot: that crab brioche with truffle fries had me deliberating for a while.
And yet, we chose to have tea!
Well, it was the Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend and afternoon tea seemed appropriate to close off the lazy weekend.
Take the "express lift" up to the fifth floor, follow the rope and fishing paraphernalia-decorated corridors, up to the terrace with the whitewashed floor and energetic waiters in blue & white stripy tops.
They waiters looked so excited I thought they would break out in song. They didn't, but how cool would that be?

When the scones and sandwiches arrived, I couldn't believe how much food was piled on that three-tiered stand, for one person. Four freshly baked scones, four!
And then little sweeties at the bottom tier: mini-lemon meringue and a tiny chocolate brownie with a chocolate mousse that packed a punch.
The sandwiches were a bit plain and dry I'm afraid, which was disappointing because I always look forward to the savoury treats rather than the sweet ones.
Plus when we arrived, we had an extra person with us and we were told that they wouldn't be able to order from the tea menu because the chef needs 24 hours notice.
Fair enough, but you can't blame me for building my expectations high after that statement, can you? 
So our friend had a lovely traditional burger with a side of truffle fries and believe me, I regretted not going for the actual food.  Even the traditional fish & chips dishes looked massive and fluffy!

The Drift Bar, at the end of the terrace is a much more chilled out zone, with a couple of huts that you can escape to and loungers for sunny days. The cocktails are quite good too, I had the G Julep, which was gorgeous, even when the ice started to melt, the flavours were still coming through.

A hint of nautical inspiration for your home...
So go grab a drink and a lobster bun or a crab brioche, if like me, you miss the seaside once the sun is out.

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