I’m often asked about my favourite watering hole in London. I never need to think twice.
The Coburg Bar at the Connaught Hotel is a timeless classic. An elegant yet comfortable salon that keeps drawing you back with its cosy and homely feel, charming service and formidable selection of cocktails.
Winters are for lounging in the plush wing-backed chairs, as you warm up by the roaring fire place. It’s practically a tradition following the monumentous switching-on of the Mount Street Christmas Lights, after first indulging in copious amounts of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts courtesy the Connaught’s pop-up street fair. And a spot of holiday shopping of course.
While spring/ summer is most decidedly for whiling away the long evenings sitting in the airy conservatory, looking out onto picturesque Mount Street… The girls and I decided to just that, as we kicked off the long bank holiday weekend.
Well-crafted martinis, shaken – never stirred – are the name of the game at the Connaught. The experience is particularly enthralling at the Connaught Bar (just a few steps down from the Coburg), where white-gloved mixologists bring out the Martini Trolley, expertly concocting your drink of choice by your table. Flavours are subtle but run wild, with extracts of lavender, coriander, cardamom, ginger, grapefruit, vanilla and liquorice, on offer.
At the Coburg, as always I opted for the French martini. Pineapple juice, raspberry syrup and framboise liqueur shaken with vodka and topped off with a white foamed head, for a refreshingly fruity – and beautiful – twist on the traditional martini.
Accompanied by a light bite, perfect for whetting our appetite before we carried on for dinner elsewhere. Although the burger fiend amongst us, couldn’t resist the mini-sliders…
We left a merry bunch, but not before I was able to secure their recipe for a cracking French martini. You’re welcome!
- 40 ml fresh pineapple juice
- 15 ml raspberry syrup
- 50 ml vodka
- 10 ml framboise liqueur
… Shaken, not stirred.
Coburg Bar at the Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL