All posts tagged: bar

The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Launches New Cocktail Menu

Discover the hotel’s illustrious history through 20 cocktails The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has delved into its star-studded (but also lesser known yet equally compelling) history as a source of inspiration for its new 20-cocktail drinks menu. Combining well-loved ingredients with more unusual essences like paper and leather, the drinks aim to transport you right into the stories that inspired them. Try Incognito (Patron Anejo, popcorn, Averna, Martini Rubino, walnut – £30) which celebrates the Savoy as Katherine Hepburn’s hotel of choice, whose staff exercised the discretion she needed, and following a stay at Claridge’s where due to the formal dress code, she was unable to pass through the lobby so had to use the staff entrance, or The Savoy Delivers (Bacardi Carta Ocho, Martini Bianco, lime, honey, Indian Spices – £16) which recounts the tale of when a page boy travelled all the way to India to hand deliver a package that a maharajah had left behind. The menu itself takes the form of a beautifully illustrated pop-up book, with one story for …

Searcys One New Change relaunches as Champagne & Meatballs bar

It’s all-change at Searcys as the bar launches a new ‘bubbles and balls’ menu. Who would have thought it? A champagne bar we could actually afford to go to on a daily basis has emerged. Well, the bar and Champagne has always been there but a fresh Italian injection to the food and drink menu has made Searcys at One New Change a much more accessible destination. It’s now all bubble and balls (Cham-balls doesn’t quite have the same ring) galore with more Italian serves on the side, and all things considered, it’s very reasonably priced. Enjoyed amongst sleek interiors with grey slate walls and aqua, copper and monochrome tones, this place oozes industrial-come-luxe appeal. The step-by-step food menu is simple but efficient – just pick your meat, followed by the sauce and then your choice of carbs. The toss-up between a neat bowl of pasta (£9) and a hands-on ciabatta (£8) is easily made if you value what you’re wearing. With the meatballs, choose between punchy beef or slightly milder beef and pork balls. …

Spring blossoms at Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana recreates springtime Japan with a bit of help from its ‘sakura’ cherry blossoms. When the blooms come out at Sake no Hana, it can only mean one thing – the turn of ‘hanami’ where picnicking is enjoyed under flowering but fleeting cherry blossom trees to see in spring in full glory. Under a canopy of white and pink blossoms with a grass carpet underfoot and projection of falling petals above the bar, the scene is beautifully set for the bar’s limited edition spring sakura menu. And what a way to begin, as the cocktail brings with it a multisensory experience. A mix of gin, yuzu sake, cherry liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave is guaranteed to please sweet-toothed drinkers. But then the three curious atomisers that accompany the drink up the ante. In the first instance, dousing these onto your wrists would be a great waste so do refrain as an alcohol base of vodka tells you all you need to know. There’s a fitting cherry and cinnamon fragrance, a delicate elderflower and …

May Fair Fares Well: May Fair Bar

Cocktails lovers ought to find themselves at the newly transformed May Fair Bar pronto, where they’ll be given an electric greeting at the neon blue-lit bar. The otherwise cool grey tones with glitzy mirror and glass finishes make it a lively spot to lounge about in, sipping on cocktails like Pear and Spice, a Belvedere vodka, pear, spiced honey syrup and Moët & Chandon mix. Failsafe small plates are available too – think Wagyu beef sliders and Tandoori king prawns. May Fair Bar, The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8LT.

The Fir Room at Piquet

It’s unusual to journey to a bar for the food. Drinks always take priority so accompanying food menus are often severely limited. However, with the Fir Room – the bar at Piquet – you get standout drinks (seriously fine wine and small-batch champagne) with equally formidable food fare. There’s a casserole of tender cod cheeks with fried squid and chorizo that is joyful to launch into after braving the outdoors, the type of meal you want to hunker down with all night long. Duck rillettes on crunchy sourdough toast offers smooth but meaty bites that feel endlessly addictive, whilst the piggy burger with a large smoked patty, pulled pork and bacon (with chips on the side) is pure gluttony, and completely irresistible. Piquet, 92-94 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3EZ.

Fu Manchu dim sum and cocktail bar

MARCH TO THE ARCH There’s a lot more fun to be had under railway arches than first meets the eye. One particular repurposed arch in Clapham now houses a riotous late night sum and cocktail bar with the fictional Chinese villain Fu Manchu serving as its inspiration. There’s a great selection of well-prepared, piping hot dim sum with steamed har gau (king prawn) and siu mai (prawn and chicken) dumplings a highlight. There are cocktails aplenty too which come infused with tea and Asian spices in keeping with the theme and you can even stay on til the early hours if you can’t bear to prise yourself away so soon. Fu Manchu, 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London SW4 7UX.

Sackville’s brings truffle and gourmet burgers to Mayfair

Swish new Mayfair bar and restaurant Sackville’s opens with a fine truffle and beef showcase. This isn’t a place you’ll forget any time soon, for if your thoughts thereafter regularly turn to whether a dish, any dish, could be enhanced with a bit of truffle, then Sackville’s has successfully imprinted its ethos of easy indulgence into your being. This very thought ruminated in our minds as we watched some black truffle being mandolined into what was already a damn fine martini at our table. The display of decadence is a thread that runs through all that Sackville’s is, from the sumptuous teal velvet banquettes and heavy marble tables, to the marvellous cuts of beef and obligatory inclusion of truffle at every possible turn. The small, open kitchen at the end of the restaurant, which has space for four, feels intimate and offers a fascinating glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes, that’s if you can if you can handle the heat. Whilst the exterior is admirably discreet, the dark industrial but highly polished, 60s-feel …

Noir opens late night bar and kitchen in Marylebone

New evening drinking den Noir opens its doors to late night revellers. It’s quite handy knowing there’s somewhere close by you can pick up a cocktail to celebrate a successful spree at Selfridges. In fact, Noir, which opens its doors at 5pm, is situated just opposite so there aren’t any excuses. It’d be a shame not to be outdoors during the summer but you’ve got to be quick to grab an outside table. Alternatively, the main bar area makes for a comfortable pit stop where you can enjoy a quick succession of energising cocktails and some pretty substantial bar bites. Pink Friction (gin, grapefruit, lime, elderflower and lychee foam – £11) and Scarlet Fever (Cognac, blueberries, violet and blueberry liqueurs, blue mist tea and peach – £11) are equally summery sweet and endlessly gulpable. Those in need of a stronger hit should opt for Citizen Cane (aged rum, rum-fashioned syrup, vermouth and amaro – £12) or the smoked Conflicted Hero (mescal, tequila and vermouth). Thankfully, the bar bites here go beyond a bowl of “from …

Power up: Three-Martini Lunch at 5cc Singer Tavern

Nothing shows you mean business like a power-fuelled, three-martini lunch. Modern day Don Drapers: the gauntlet has been thrown. Those curious by the challenge should head to basement cocktail bar 5cc Singer Tavern where revelry and indulgence is the order of the day. Their new Three-Martini Lunch menu doesn’t mess about. You choose three martinis from a choice of eight but to keep the sitting somewhat responsible, each serving comes accompanied by a small plate of food, though they’re more nibbles than they are hearty dishes so you’d better be able to hold your drink. If you’re not fussy, you can leave the drink pairings down to the experts – the three matches are well made but the team do allow you to have free reign if you’re feeling a bit more rebellious. If you’re drinking with at least one other, there’s your opportunity to go off-recommendation. But stick to the menu and your first course of mini mushroom, truffle and pecorino toasties will be served with the Montgomery (1.5 parts No.3 gin, 1 part …

Free coffee masterclass at Bar Termini

To celebrate The London Coffee Festival (30th April – 3rd May), coffee connoisseur Marco Arrigo invites you to a free coffee masterclass at Bar Termini. Here’s a reason for you to get out of bed on a Sunday morning. If coffee is the first thought that runs through your mind, get your fix alongside an enlightening lesson at coffee and cocktail spot Bar Termini. Hosted by Marco Arrigo, founder of the University of Coffee (yes, there is such a thing), which has schooled thousands of baristas as well as coffee-lovers, the mini masterclass will take you through the history of Italian coffee, espresso, how Soho, where the bar is based, fits into mix and how to make some of the bar’s signature Italian serves yourself. The Coffee Masterclass is taking place on Sunday 3rd May from 10.30am – 12pm. To reserve your space, email [email protected] Bar Termini, 7 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JE