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"I was in the salt bar last friday night. At last there is a place to go to in Hayle where you don't have to be a local to fit in. As soon as you walk in there is a relaxing atmosphere, and you are made to feel so welcome!!! Great food + drinks. At last a modern touch to Hayle. Cheers guys."
Bob - 18/10/2006

" What a great place to come when on Holiday in St Ives Bay! Came with my family and found the place to be perfect for what we were looking for - several times over. The atmosphere is relaxed whilst the service and food hit the spot, but didn't hit the wallet. I recommend it as a place for visitors like myself to take the family for a great time day or night. Thanks chaps. MS ."
Mike Squires - 28/04/2008

" For inexpensive high quality food, very friendly staff, a relaxing atmosphere with good live music, Salt is the place. There has been quite a bit of thought put into this place, for example if you like a malt whisky then there is an excellent Caol Ila behind the bar...whereas other bars just stock 'bog standard' brands. Try the seven deadly sins but only after the best burger around. Don't be fooled by burger on the menu, Mac D's this ain't! the food is cooked fresh to order, sourced locally..and it tells. Well worth coming into Hayle for ."
benny goodman on 2007-08-13

And with a cosy spot on the ground floor of a converted warehouse under the viaduct at Foundry Square, their 'modern continental-style cafe bar' will be sitting pretty once plans for the multi-million pound marina development finally get under way. Packing plenty into a smallish space hasn't proved a problem so far as Friday evening diners will see as the laid-back bar-caf?? morphs seamlessly into a live music venue as the night goes on. With solo appearances from Hitchcock Rules frontman Ryan Jones, acoustic sets from Joe Francis of the Ammunition and full-bore performances from the Dirty Livin' Rhythm Band there has been no shortage of quality local acts. Tempted by the allure of live-drum-and-DJ from La Casa Bongo and 'steak night' I took my wife for a stroll down to White's Warehouse in up-and-coming Hayle to see what all the fuss was. Inside it's all wooden floors, low-slung leather sofas and bare-brick walls with just a half-dozen plastic dining tables and an open-plan kitchen tacked onto the bar. The ambience is relaxed and informal and the menu reflects this with platters to share, big things, side dishes and gourmet sandwiches making up the varied menu. With our surf-and-turf order of battered haddock and T-bone steak already placed we plumped for the nachos grandes to share and spent the next 15 minutes scaling a mini-mountain of tortilla chips loaded with cheddar, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. The portion is probably enough for four but we worked hard, stuck at it and before long it was gone. My T-bone was medium rare, well-seasoned, tender and plenty big enough to satisfy the most bloodthirsty of meat-eaters. An unusual garnish of what seemed to be roasted parsnip shavings went well with the onion rings and a good tangy pepper sauce helped it slip down, but I would have preferred a flatter plate as the large bowl made tackling the beast a bit tricky. The haddock was delightfully fresh, coated with the lightest of Betty Stoggs infused batters and came with fat chips, salad and a creamy tartare sauce. As we washed it all down with pints of Guinness the bar filled up with local drinkers and the musicians unloaded and set up in the corner. Eating in Salt has a slightly hectic, rough-and-tumble feel on a Friday but I thought it made a welcome change from some of the 'ghostly' gastro pubs whose regulars have long since been pushed out by the switch from boozing to schmoozing. The food was good and arrived quickly despite the barman having to juggle waiting duties with keeping a packed bar of drinkers well topped up. Partners Timothy Antcliff and Toby Hume-Rothery seem to have struck the right note with Hayle's newest kitchen and chef Mathew Ward's 'legendary' Salt burger is said to be popular with the regulars. And the locals will surely be looking forward to the day in the not too distant future when it's just one of many fine eateries dotted around the cobbled walkways of the new marina.


The West Briton 22nd Jan 2008

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