Brumus

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There's certainly plenty to get your teeth into at this flagship restaurant and bar at the Haymarket Hotel. Breakfasts and brunches go through to a la carte lunches, afternoon teas, cocktails, bar bites and meals and drinks stretching late into the evening. Theatre packages feature too - sensible, given the hotel's West End location.

The a la carte features dishes such as veal rump with garlic mash, asparagus and girolles, crisp veal sweetbreads with an onion and cumin purée white raisins and capers, and ricotta gnocchi with spinach, courgette flowers, mint and pine nuts. Desserts range from burnt English cream with lemon verbena and raspberries to chocolate torte, ice cream sundaes and a Chinese five-spice cheesecake served with rhubarb and stem ginger.

The bar menu offers small plates and platters alongside a varied cocktail list combining classics with signature mixes from across bars run by the Firmdale group of hotels. Examples include a passion and ginger caipirinha, a Lady Grey and peach margarita and the tiger's eye - a special from the Crosby Street Hotel combining Stolichnaya vodka with cinnamon, lemon juice, pear purée, champagne and star anise. 

Venue name: Brumus
Contact:
Address: Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place
London
SW1Y 4BP
Opening hours: Meals served 7am-11.45pm Mon-Sat; 8am-11pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £16-£35. Set meal £14.99 2 courses, £19.95 3 courses.
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LeeLee
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A group of us came here for our end-of-term society social this week and we were very impressed with the service and ambiance here! The restaurant itself has a sophisticated interior decor without making you feel intimidated and the staff were incredibly lovely - they were knowledgeable on all the different types of Afternoon Tea sets we ordered (normal, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian), professional in their service and very friendly-faced!


Here’s what our Christmas Afternoon Tea consisted of:


Tier 1 – savoury sandwiches

  • Smoked salmon roll – this is a standard item in an afternoon tea and tasted quite fresh.
  • Cucumber and cream cheese – this is also a pretty standard combination to have in an afternoon tea set but tasted a little dry because I found there wasn’t enough cream cheese spread on the bread.
  • Ham and mustard – this came with some water cress in between the ham slices but had way too much butter spread onto the bread. I know ham and mustard requires some butter because it can be dry without it, but there was seriously a slab of butter in there!
  • Brie and cranberry – only the best Christmas combination for a sandwich! It was also served on walnut bread, which added a little crunch to it and the blend of sweet and savoury was delightful.
  • Chicken liver paté crostini – this was a surprise because it is quite a unique item to have in an afternoon tea, but a classic item for Christmas. I really love paté so this was my favourite item from the savoury tier.

Tier 2 – sweet cakes/pastries


This was honestly such a disappointment. These items sounded rather unique and interesting on the menu but honestly, tasted awful.

  • Red velvet cupcake – this is a classic cupcake flavour, with cream cheese frosting and topped with a sugar decoration to make it more ‘Christmassy’. I’m not a fan of red velvet to begin with so this might be a little bias but I thought it was pretty average. The only part I did have was the centre of the cupcake, where a chocolate ganache ‘surprise’ was hidden. The cream cheese frosting and cupcake itself were pretty standard.
  • Gingerbread macaron – I thought I would enjoy this the most out of everything, but it was such a let-down! There wasn’t enough of a gingerbread flavour in the macaron in my opinion but the macaron itself was made well. It had a crunchy exterior and a chewy interior along with a good filling.
  • Mandarin and white chocolate mousse cake – this was downright awful. Firstly, it was a bad combination of flavours. Secondly, you couldn’t taste any mandarin flavour in the top gelatin layer. Thirdly, the overall texture of the item was weird because the mousse was almost too airy and the third layer was much too soft and crumbly.
  • Berry and mascarpone tart – I didn’t find this to be very enticing. It had a standard berry taste but the tart pastry was made well. The white ball on top was made out of white chocolate and hollow.

Tier 3 – scones with spreads 


The scones were served with the standard clotted cream and jam. We got 2 different types of jams; strawberry and raspberry. I liked the latter one more because it still had the seeds in it, which gave it some texture and I found it to be less sweet than the strawberry, which I liked. These were also still warm when I ate them, which was after the savoury sandwiches!

  • Plain scones – these were amazing! Honestly speaking, the best damn scones I’ve had in London so far. They had a good rise to them with a solid crack in the middle of the scone, which broke in half easily and evenly. The exterior was golden and crunchy while the interior was bread-y and fluffy!
  • Fruit scones – for some weird reason, these didn’t taste as nice as the plain scones even though the base was the same, just with a few raisins here and there. Perhaps it was made sweeter with the addition of the raisins but I definitely preferred the former.

Tea


For my choice of tea, I went for a standard flavour of Earl Grey. I love the taste of this tea because it has a lovely citrus scent and smell and it tastes good on its own – without sugar nor milk – just the way I like it. 


Overall, this was a pretty lovely experience. The atmosphere of the restaurant was perfect for a gathering of our size and we didn’t feel like we were disturbing other customers. We were placed near the back of the restaurant but not in a totally secluded area either, so we still got to enjoy the ‘buzz’ of the place. Our waiters were on point with getting our special orders in – we had 2 vegetarian orders, 1 vegan order and 1 pescatarian order. The only aspect that I really didn't enjoy was the sweet tier and hence my three star rating, unfortunately. 

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tastemakerTastemaker

I have had afternoon tea here twice (both in the spring of 2015) and I ended up very happy on both occasions. The service was quick and cheerful, with the hosts and servers smiling and courteous, making both experiences great for my guests (friends and family from overseas). My sister had the gluten-free afternoon tea and she enjoyed it very much, though she was not a fan of the scones (I wasn't either and I had the ones with gluten in them). The sandwiches and pasties were fantastic though, all fresh and the perfect size for a few moreish bites. I would return again - the atmosphere, the food, and the service were all great and well worth the money. Superb value in Soho.

Special Offers

3 courses & a glass of prosecco: £24.95

Get 3 course set menu for £24.95. Offer applies to Set Menu. Please allow 90 minutes for a 3 course meal.

Offer valid until Dec 24 2016