Clerkenwell Road London EC1M 5RJ
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A new experience – taken at the stylish Zetter Townhouse. I entered the heady world of cocktails through the handsome front door of an elegant gentleman’s residence straight into the double-fronted lounge and bar, and was immediately transposed into a bygone age reminiscent of a privileged world of the fin-de-siecle period. Sumptuous furnishings, clever lighting and eclectic music gave a lovely ambience to the occasion, but I digress – to the cocktail. Not being ‘into’ spirits I chose the Gooseberry Kir Royal (Perrier-Jouet to be noted). Served in cut-glass crystal by attentive yet unobtrusive staff, I was very happy with my choice. The cordial had not over-sweetened the champagne and although I normally prefer my champagne ‘au naturel’, this was an interesting marriage and a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous elderflower.
The Sharking team opted for a Koln Martini (Beefeater gin and dry Martini with a hint of homemade citrus aromatics – a drop of which is added to the not overly boozy concoction by a dropper-wielding waitress) and The Master at Arms (Myers rum, port evaporation with homemade grenadine – served in a mini Martini glass with a strap of leather around the stem it arrived blood red and packed a big punch that gave way to a lasting sweetness).
A wonderfully sharp explosion on the tongue was how WordMonkey’s Dad descried his very first cocktail at the ripe old age of 60. Hoping not to appear a complete Neanderthal he tried to embrace the current popular craze for ‘women’s drinks’ by savouring the Somerset Sour, which was a delicate blend of cider brandy, lemon juice and Breton cider, topped off by a rich, smooth, velvety foam. All in all an interesting experience, but it was felt it was just a diversion from the more important quest for the perfect pint of real ale.
Whatever your opinion of cocktails – a few more words on the building itself are in order. Head downstairs and you will find a room filled with board games complete with a full-sized table tennis (or should I say Whiff Whaff) table –a wonderful period piece of a place. For a fun photo opportunity, check out the stuffed kangaroo in the dining room. And if you find yourself one cocktail too many there are stylish rooms to be had above the lounge (Zetter Townhouse) or a few wobbly steps away across the cobblestones of St John’s Square (Zetter Hotel).
St John’s Square (off Clerkenwell Road)
London EC1M 5RJ
Tel: 020 7324 4545