So what did we sample? My opener was entertainingly served in a delightful glass tea pot, rosemary sprig pocking out the top. This is Thyme Out – Bombay Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Lemon Juice and Thyme plus a dash of orange bitters. Manly, much like the bars décor. More girly was Bubble and Shrubs – Sipsmith Gin, St. Germain Elderflower, home-made berry Shrubs and a dash of orange bitters with a splash of English sparkling. A touch sweet for me in comparison to my thyme tea-pot.
The Lord Chancellor cocktail was divine. I’d go back and just drink this all evening if I could. It combines Drouin Calvados and Crème de Peche poured over a sugar vube soaked in absinthe and made into a long drink with Nyetimber Demi-Sec. Rosana went for Winston’s Crusta Frapin Cognac and Drouin Calavdos mixed with Maraschino Liqueur, Pomegranate Syrup, Lemon and Grapefruit Syrup. Rather good too.
I should at this point mention that we did have food – a fantastic selection of Indian dishes with a couple seeing more of a French influence – but as this post is simply about the cocktails at Scarfes Bar I’ll put the foodie photos over on Spittoon Extra. You can also read Rosana’s thoughts on the afternoon on her Hot and Chilli blog.
The after dinner cocktails were a more forceful pair and came from the specials menu. This was pre-world cup (doesn’t THAT seem a long time ago now?) and the menu, the Fair Play Cocktail Menu, has no doubt been replaced since our visit. But the playfulness of the names (St. George Forever, Coupe de Tete) didn’t diminish the quality of the drinks. On my side of the table Tea and Busquets made from Rum, dry Curacao, Lime Juice, Marmalade and Spices. Opposite was a great post-dinner cocktail – the Samba Rum comprising Rum, Punt e Mes, Fig Liqueur and Orange bitters.
If memory serves there was a glass of Pieropan Soave Classico served with the food (£9 a glass) and a closing glass of the fabulous Ben Rye from Donnafugata in Sicily. The wine list isn’t terribly long, but does offer some very interesting choices. Anyway on to the cocktail photos:
Photo Gallery: Cocktails at Scarfes
Scarfes Bar at The Rosewood 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN