I’ve never yet made it to the Chelsea Flower Show. Somehow we always seem to be away, or busy, or some other reason which always seems important at the time. Luckily though, the team at the Polo Bar in the Westbury Mayfair Hotel have kept floral notes of the flower show in their Season of Flowers cocktail trio, available until the end of August.
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of Westbury Mayfair Hotel but my (very many) thoughts and flowery prose are very much all mine.
We tiptoed (with a very slight squelch) through the beautiful Mayfair doors – outside the summer skies were rumbling with a heat storm – lightning, thunder and silver raindrops – breaking the humid London heat.
We gathered; Binny, Angie, Bejal, Lauren, Geeta, Priyam and I, a bouquet of bloggers with delicate floral dresses draped over our shoulders.
Relaxing into our velvet chairs, we perused the cocktail menu as the tables filled around us with a Friday evening hubbub.
We dallied between choosing the Gem Marigold, a balance of gin, Campari, pomegranate and delicate pineapple foam; the Viola Mule, a floral twist on a Moscow Mule with a vodka infused Blue Pea flower creating a botanical aroma finishing with spiced ginger flourish, and the Dianthus, a dark rum balanced with rosebud tea and peach. Best of all? Each drink comes with a miniature that you can share with your flavour curious friends.
Between the generous rounds of drinks, we were treated to a smorgasbord of canapes from Michelin starred Alyn William’s eponymous restaurant in this luxury collection hotel.
We enjoyed the Petit Pois and Burrata pastry shells, sipped at the delicately balanced truffled mushroom scallops, adored the arancini, enthused over the fine fois gras cigars and thoroughly loved the cheesy choux puffs that disappeared like clouds on our palettes.
You’d be forgiven for forgetting how close busy nearby Regent Street is when seated in this lush oasis., especially when the closest neighbours are filtered out by a diamond curtain.
We nestled in our velvet chairs until well past twilight had fallen and the rain had stopped, enjoying ourselves almost too much to leave. My favourite cocktail at the end of the evening was the Viola Mule – but thoroughly enjoyed trying the rest of them at the Westbury Mayfair Hotel as well. It was a touch of spring sunshine that the end of the week definitely needed.
What is the most interesting twist on a cocktail classic that you’ve enjoyed?