It’s been a busy few months to say the least. So this post about a cocktail evening at 155 Bar & Kitchen with About Time Magazine is LONG overdue. But what better time to tell you about it than during London Cocktail Week, right?
This achingly cool venue used to be The Clerkenwell Collection. In its place is the high-end design and retail hub Clerkenwell London and cocktail bar and restaurant known as 155 Bar & Kitchen, headed up by executive chef Gavin Gordon (graduate of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen).
The high design bar and restaurant all feels deliciously slick upon arrival. Delve into the surrounding lounge areas and downstairs venue space (which we did, thanks to a tour with Angelica of About Time) and a gorgeous Scandi-luxe style is uncovered. Think sheepskin rugs, golden wooden surfaces and a private dining ‘tree-slab’ table surrounded by glass. It’s all oh so trendy.
Clerkenwell London is a highly impressive concept too. Bringing together fashion, food, design and interiors, you’ll find a series of spaces, filled with stylish homeware and apparel, to perfumes, jewellery, niche art, music and stationary.
Oh, and at the time of visiting, they were working on a new spa too. Yes, you could spend all day here, brunching, coffee-ing, shopping, pampering and dining. But we were here for cocktail hour, with a line-up of five fabulous cocktails to try. So we had to avert our impulses to ponder the rails and get back to the bar where super mixologist Daniel Davis was about to mix up some magic.
The first cocktail we tried was the Lavender Refresher. A mix of Chase Gin, cranberry juice and homemade lavender syrup, it was just as delicious as it sounds. Served in a fab copper mug with plenty of ice and a lavender garnish, this was just my kind of drink.
Next up was an ever-so-fruity Buffalo Berry consisting of Buffalo Trace, lemon juice, fresh strawberries, apricot jam and basil leaves. It was served in a jam jar with basil leaves and strawberries and went down FAR too easily. (Beware)
Moving on to the third (Daniel and his team were incredibly efficient) The Catch the Cherry was a juicy delight. It was packed with lots of intense flavours from Cherry Heering and Drambuie to apple juice, rosemary tincture and fresh lime, with a heavy kick of Tequila. By now, the conversation was flowing amongst the group of around 20 lovely bloggers and I was thankful for the steady flow of delicious canopes amidst all the sipping.
By the way, this all happened in the super lovely Vinyl Lounge, giving us plenty of opportunity to sink into some comfy chairs and have a natter. Check it out:
The variety of flavours in the cocktails here was so impressive and the final two were testament to that. The Black Cow martini was a simple but heady tipple of Regal Rouge vermouth, served with a Lavash cracker and Black Cow cheese. Sophisticated palates only for this one! The creaminess of the cheese against the cool and aromatic vermouth was a delight. I’d recommend trying this one when you haven’t already preceded with three or four other tipples. But as your first cocktail of the night or perhaps as a digestif, this drink is wonderful.
The very last one – the Pinkster Bakewell tart – was one of my favourites but also the most indulgent. It was sweet, creamy and well, tasted just like a bakewell tart. All worries of calorie content have to be forgotten to enjoy this drink. But with Pinkster gin, raspberry liqueur, amaretto, apple juice and a fluffy almond cream topping, this is the sweet toothed cocktail lover’s dream.
Thanks to 155 Bar & Kitchen & About Time Magazine for such an enjoyable night and for the gorgeous copper mug and shot measure pourer we were gifted at the end of the night. A shout out to all the lovely bloggers I met (and re-met) during the evening, including Tara from Get The Skinny, Rachel from Handbag & Cupcakes, Sally from Sal’s Kitchen, Matilda from The Culture Exposé, Aurelia from City Turtle, Carla from London is for Living, Bex from Double Skinny Macchiato, Tania from The London Thing, Tashi from Tashi Skervin, Laura from This City Life London, and finally Angelica & Alicia from About Time Magazine.