Tuesday 31 January 2012

New Madeira Hotel - Brighton

19-23 Marine Parade

Breakfast served
Monday - Friday
7am - 9am

Weekends & Bank Holidays
8.30am - 10.30am

The New Madeira Hotel is located close to Brighton Pier.

When I saw this in the welcome pack I was looking forward to breakfast the next day!

Everything was clean and tidy.

The bar area is transformed into the breakfast room each morning.

Decent sauces, ok coffee and not so good orange juice.

Help yourself from the items on the bar.

Real butter was a welcome sight and if your a fan there is Marmite too.

I don't usually eat yoghurt but what the heck, it was free and I was waiting for my cooked breakfast to arrive.

This is the full Madeira which was looking good when it arrived.

This is the full veggie Madeira.

This is the smallest portion of mushrooms I have ever seen on a breakfast!

The moment we discovered that The Rocker Covers were playing at Brighton Tattoo Convention we decided to go along. We immediately book train tickets and a hotel, hotels in Brighton usually cost around £70 a night so we couldn't believe our luck when we found a double room at The New Madeira with breakfast included for just £41. The convention was great and The Rocker Covers played a great set for around 90 minutes, we resisted the temptation to go along to an after party fearing a hangover the next day. We were back at the hotel by about midnight with kebab in hand, the room was really good value for money and a great size, just a shame about the group of lads that stayed up most of the night talking loudly in the room opposite. The next morning breakfast was on our mind so we got up and headed downstairs...

Upon entering - The bar downstairs had become the breakfast room, there was a good amount of tables to choose from, each one set for breakfast with a menu showing cooked options. The bar area had a selection of hot drinks, fruit juices, cereals, yogurts and condiments. You could help yourself to anything on the bar and the waitress took your cooked breakfast order. Everything seemed clear enough and there was no "what am I supposed to be doing" moments which can be quite common in hotels at breakfast time. 8/10

Service - The waitresses were polite and efficient but perhaps a tad over efficient, once we had finished our plates were taken from in front of us literally seconds after we had put the cutlery down. This always makes me feel like they want to clear the table for the next customer, the room was nearly empty though so that can't have been the case. The menu stated you could have scrambled, poached or fried eggs, this was not the case though as when we inquired we were told fried was the only option. 4/10

Contents - 1 sausage, 1 bacon, 1 fried egg, tinned tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, toast & butter (as much cereal, tea, coffee, fruit juice and yogurt as you wanted) 8/10

Presentation - The plate was kind of square which I'm not a fan of but as the corners were a bit rounded I was not too distressed. Everything was placed ok on the plate and looked delicious, the tiny portion of mushrooms was a bit of a joke though! 7/10

The food - The Sussex farm sausage was really nice, juicy and porky. The bacon was well nice too and I liked the way the rind had started to crisp up a bit. The fried egg was perfect, the beans were fairly standard and I was well chuffed when I saw the tomatoes were tinned. I still to this day can not get over how tiny the portion of mushrooms were, it may well have been one mushroom cut into really small pieces! Due to the "small mushroom portion shocker" I forgot to remember how they tasted. The toast was great and the butter went nicely with it as it always does. 8/10

Value for money - The breakfast came with the price of the room which for 2 people cost just £41 for the night, bargain! The cost of the breakfast to non residents was £7.50, this may seem quite a lot but with the items on the bar included too it is a great price. 9/10

Veggie option - Vegetarian sausage, hash brown, fried egg, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast. I tried a piece of the vegetarian sausage and it was very nice with a slight hot dog taste and texture. The hash brown was crispy with a few onions inside too.

Overall - As hotel breakfasts go this one was fantastic, it arrived nice and hot and was cooked to perfection. The fact we paid just £41 for the double room which included breakfast for 2 people made it incredible value for money. I am unsure why they bother offering poached and scrambled eggs on the menu when fried is the only option and why the mushroom portion was so damn tiny! I will be staying here again though as it is one of the best hotel breakfasts I have eaten so far and at the best price too! 7/10

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