The K Bar’s drink menu lives up to the high standards of the surroundings. It's the cocktail equivalent of fine dining and staff have a genuine passion for their concoctions
and the stories that come with them. Previously employed at Hotel du Vin in
Brighton, bar manager Ben Manchester explains how he seeks to create drinks
that develop in flavour as you drink. Indeed the Kensington Champagne,
a blend of Calvados apple brandy, Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut and Rhubarb bitters
is at first sharp and intimidating but mellows down as the sugar lump
Spirits are served in copper
cups, in a playful reflection of Prohibition era America where people drank alcohol covertly in opaque teacups. We
particularly recommend the King of Queen’s Gate, a Jameson’s select reserve
whisked with King’s Ginger liqueur, lemon, rose syrup, orange marmalade and chilli flakes that tingle with the whiskey’s warmth. The
Rye Sling Star deftly puts together cherry heering, applejack, chartreuse,
cherry bitters, apple juice and lemon to produce a coconuty flavour, topped
with bitter notes.
The pink-tainted, fizzy cocktails could have easily turned out as luxurious versions of Babycham, but there's pleasing substance to the sparkle. The Rose Petal, for example, balances Cointreau
with rose syrup, lemon notes and champagne in a drink which will appeal to both sexes.
Canapés and light bites include fresh Scottish scallops and delicately perfumed cubes of foie gras. And the stellar dessert cocktails which include Creme Brûlée Martini and Jerry's Chocolate Orange will satisfy your sweet-tooth.
|What||K Bar at the Kensington Hotel review|
|Where||K Bar (Kensington Hotel), 109-113 Queen’s Gate , London , SW7 5LR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
10 Feb 16 – 10 Feb 18, Open daily from 4pm to midnight
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