Our Beer Man was very prompt in his visit to Salt Horse and I’ve now visited many times. It’s an excellent place which rather neatly carries on the spirit of the Blackfriars bar while still feeling distinct and new.
Their food offering revolves around a daily changing selection of bar bite specials, bakery treats from Twelve Triangles, and charcuterie and cheese platters. This sits next to their outstanding beer board and mindblowing selection in the bottle shop, next door.
What’s more they’ve recently added a coffee machine in the bottle shop so you can hang out and sip tasty Steampunk there.
On many visits for beer, I’ve eaten a few times. I haven’t tried the platters yet, but I have sampled a very good salt beef croissant roll, and today I popped in for the arrival of their new macaroni pies (£6).
Again featuring the baking skills of Twelve Triangles – the two places have the same expert hand at the tiller – these are monstrous pie beasties. Think individual raised pie style, with elaborate cheese-topped crowns.
Presented simply on a plate with your choice of in-house crafted condiment, this was a pie of considerable distinction. Served cold, it was the kind of pie you could slice into small slivers to munch on gradually while several beers were supped, providing you could show a degree of restraint of which I’m rarely capable.
Without question it was one of the standout dishes of 2016 and a must-eat next time you’re in these parts.
I drank an Augustiner Helles (£4.80) for good measure and it was spot on, too.
So overall, Salt Horse is an outstandingly good place serving great food and drink. Their baked goods are an absolute joy with the macaroni pie just fabulous. Make sure to visit soon.