One of London’s top hotels, The Berkeley, has gone all secret squirrel on us. They've been working on a brand new bar and opened it without anyone having a clue. Called The Berkeley Bar and Terrace, it's the hotel's second bar, joining The Blue Bar, and will be a pretty cosy, intimate affair by the sounds of things.
While the terrace part of the equation is going to be pretty small with just four seats, the main bar seats 40 and has been designed by Irish designer Bryan O’Sullivan who've recently worked at the gorgeous Ballynahinch Castle in Ireland and the Tamburlaine hotel in Cambridge. It features a half moon marble bar, a central fireplace and a delicious-looking hideaway snug which will be used for private functions.
Not ones to do things by halves, the menu is stocked full of fine wines, champagne, whisky, cognac and more. Classic cocktails such as the Sazerac and the Corpse Reviver will be on offer too, and there’s even a couple of rare bottles of whisky from 1972 (the year the hotel opened) made by producers Gordon and MacPhail in collaboration with The Berkeley team. Just to top things off, there’s also a menu of fine cigars.
On the food front, things are looking very promising with dishes including
- Wild seabass ceviche - Coconut, yuzu, sesame, dashi (£27)
- Cornish crab & lobster beignets - Caviar, spring onion, sour cream (£26)
- Camembert chicken tulips - Gochujang emulsion (£24)
- Iberico ham toast & manchego - Apricot, salsa verde (£19)
And on top of that, there are Irish rock oysters and caviar, naturellement.
The Berkeley is already one of our favourite London hotels, and it sounds like the new bar is going to make it an even more attractive destination.
More about The Berkeley Bar and Terrace
Where is it? Wilton Pl, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
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