With England reaching the rugby World Cup final this year, it is a perfect time to sample this new proudly English cocktail list. The Coral Room is stunning. Designed by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki, this grand salon bar feels like a country house in bustling Bloomsbury. Distinctive coral coloured walls, bespoke Murano glass chandeliers and a striking fused glass and marble topped bar screams sophistication. This elegant English feel is now complimented by “A sip of England”, a 14 strong new cocktail list.
Embark on a libatious circular tour of England and have all your senses whisked away to the moors, meadows, seas and spires of our great green and pleasant land. Each cocktail combines local ingredients like Kentish cobnuts, Bramley apples, violets, rhubarb, rosehips and more, evoking the landscapes and personalities of 14 quintessential English destinations.
The charming Giovanni Spezziga and his team have been working behind the scenes for months and the cocktails not only have cute, clever names but are also presented in a wide range of styles from highballs through to martinis and a non alcoholic creation made with Seedlip Spice 94.
Where else to start but with a Bloomsbury Blush. Served tall, this cocktail combines Belsazar rosé vermouth, Crème De Pêche, Muyu Jasmine Verte and topped with Ridgeview Bloomsbury sparkling wine. The complex new Muyu liqueur combined with dry sparkling wine gives this drink a floral, fresh taste with hints of neroli and yuzu.
From Ascot, Fools and Horses is presented in a fizzy lemon rimmed champagne flute with Martell Blue Swift, Amaro Nonino, Liqueur 43, vanilla bitters and topped with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne. This is an aromatic, luxurious libation with the richness of Martell and an elegant champagne finish.
From Cumbria, Windermere is the one to order if you like Manhattans. Served in a tumbler (with giant embossed ice cube), this is a lush mix of strong earthy spirits including Copper Dog scotch whisky, Diplomatiáco Exclusiva rum, vermouth and Gio’s spice formula.
Finally from Essex, Voyage for Madmen is for those purist martini worshipers like me. This delicate Plymouth gin based martini is dry, earthy with a slight floral note from Lillet Rosé, lemon rapeseed oil and a hint of red chilli bitters.
A special mention must go to the garnishing of all the new cocktails. A lot of thought and attention has gone into garnishing with some real showstoppers to make an impact on your gathering at The Coral Room.
We fully intend to return and try the other 10 cocktails in the very near future on any occasion and reason to celebrate England which includes winning a World Cup through to celebrating that it didn’t rain constantly on the weekend.
For those looking to perfect their Christmas card-making skills this year, The Bloomsbury hotel is hosting a ‘Colourful Christmas Calligraphy’ class with English stationary brand Papier on 10 and 17 November. You will be welcomed with a delicious festive cocktail upon arrival made by the expert team at The Coral Room before taking your creations home along with a nib, ink and personalised Papier stationary. To book, visit: https://www.papier.com/events
Discover more about a sip of England and paint the town coral here: www.thecoralroom.co.uk
By Mark Captain