Last week Lucinda and I decided it was about time we properly got back into our monthly cocktail hours. The one night a month where we search for the best cocktail we can get our hands on. One that’s a cut above the norm, that we can really call a treat. After shortlisting a few we decided upon Mr Fogg’s, he had a good reputation for a tasty drink and a fine spot in Mayfair worth checking out.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a doorman, who promptly rang the bell for us to enter. We didn’t have a reservation as it was a Tuesday night and didn’t seem needed, but it word has got out about Mr Fogg’s bar so if you’d prefer not to be propped at the bar book a table in advance.
We were fine at the bar. You have a pretty good view of the place there.
As Mr Phileas J. Fogg influences the decor you’ll find yourself in what feels like the living room of a wealthy explorer from the 19th century.
It’s all in the details.
We got to the menu and attempted to make our choice.
With curious descriptions of a time gone by we focused on our favourite spirits. Mine – rum of course!
The East India Cocktail – cognac, orange curacao, pineapple juice, rum, bitters, fresh lemon juice.
Lucinda’s – whiskey.
The Whiskey Snapper – sugar, fresh lemon juice, homemade raspberry jam, whisky, honey syrup, and soda.
It might have been sensible on the purse to leave then but our cocktail hour tradition tends to encourage us to try another. Just to make sure we’ve had the full experience of course.
So I went for Fish House Punch – rum, cognac, peach liqueur, fresh lime juice, and sugar
And Lucinda had Leave it to me -Genever, combined with Maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and homemade raspberry jam.
Pricier than the first round but even more deliciously drinkable.
The atmosphere was similar to that of a hotel bar. Serious smart suits, amongst happy relaxed Londoners (and knowledgable holiday makers), in pairs or groups.
The dark wood and curiosities might not be everyone’s style but if you like a good cocktail and you don’t mind paying a little extra for a treat I recommend popping into Mr Fogg’s Mayfair residence. You’ll know you’re in the right place as he has got his own blue plaque above the door.
Do you like to enjoy a good cocktail hour treat? Have you tried any great places recently? (I’m always keen to hear about new places to add to the list.)