Decidedly Gallic and decadent, Monsieur Plumart’s patisserie creations are the perfect accompaniment to a pot of Earl Grey or the like for a Brighton afternoon tea like no other. Like his erstwhile mentor, Raymond Blanc, he is happy to be a UK based ambassador for French cuisine and inject the same sense of joie de vivre into the kitchen. Check out his range of 24 signature macarons. Order a selection in a little box – Mojito, Rose, Pistachio, Salted Caramel, perhaps. TOB’s favourite autumnal Plumart delicacy – ooh la la – was a vanilla diplomate cream with a sea salt caramel, milk chocolate and baileys mousse. The same ingenuity is evident in his exotic gateaux such as Pistachio & Cherry Creme Brûlée Tart. And for Christmas 2014 Julien elevated the humble Yule Log in dazzling fashion with a Royal crunchy chocolate and raspberry bavaroise creation, a vanilla cream, crunchy peanut praline and toffee Madeleine version and a blackcurrant and lemon meringue traditional rolled log. All such treats are available through his shop, but it would be wrong not to take tea in his convivial Boutique Salon du Thé with its shiny black surfaces and polished French waiters. For a more modest ambience, visit Julien’s original Brighton cafe, the Cocoa Patisserie at 48 Queens Road, near the Station – for a benchmark croissant, naturellement.