Evening Standard - ES Magazine


Douglas Blyde slips inside The Savoy’s newly reopened drinking den


The Nocturne menu at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar opens with a promising line: ‘Celebratio­ns, flirtation­s, indulgence­s, seductions; the most thrilling things happen after dark…’ Best appreciate­d at the stage-like counter, the new range of drinks, including spritzes, sours, champagne cocktails and Martinis, is spearheade­d by the bar’s inventive former manager Anna Sebastian and realised by bartenders Dimitrios Ferfelis and Mia Kumari. Taking its name from the curved crash-protection bar found in open racing cars, the thirst-quenching Halo Highball is a real stand-out, starring Jenson Button’s Coachbuilt Scotch, blended with pink peppercorn-tinged strawberry juice and finished with a fragrant, condensed Sauvignon Blanc syrup. Meanwhile, the Smoke & Mirrors refers to the mezcal that seasons the drink and the room’s sizable mirrors. It packs a bite thanks to accompanyi­ng rosemary-infused tequila, home-made celery bitters, tomato liqueur and a juicy cherry tomato garnish. Elsewhere, there is robust focus on champagne, and for a mere £10 you can add a 10g ‘caviar bump’ alongside a flute of Laurent-Perrier. Chin, chin! (thesavoylo­ndon.com)

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