Unusual Bars in London: The Distillery

The distillery london
The ultimate Gin and Tonic

I do love unusual bars in London! Added to that  Gin in London is definitely having a moment. And the more boutique/distilled/backyard/speakeasy-esque it is the better! The Distillery opened in Notting Hill in December and is a temple to this new Gin London trend. It is a great location on Portobello Road having taken over and gutted an old pub. Spread over 3 floors it is a Gin London church! It is almost hard to believe that the Distillery is only 3 months old.

Distillery entrance on portobello road


They have obviously used top quality materials and the feel is very old London – with an Art Deco edge. The ground floor contains the wonderfully titled The Resting Room bar. This cosy bar has a wall of very comfortable red leather booths in which we very happily sat! The actual distillery is also tucked away on the ground floor.

Lemon Fizz

What a menu in the Resting Room! It is pages of delicious and exciting sounding beverages. How about some butter gin? There are many unique twists on well-known spirits – one thing I really liked about the menu was that they then suggest a cocktail which best suits that spirit flavour – can be a bit much to have something like this neat! I started with the Lemon Fizz – lovely but possibly more for a summer day than a cold February night!

The ultimate Gin and Tonic

Next up was the Gin and Tonic. Wow wow wow!!! It is served with loads of ice and orange peel and peppercorns in a lovely big glass and tasted just amazing! I then had to have another one of these it was so good!

Next, we headed upstairs to Gin Tonica – a mix of gin and tapas! I learnt that Spaniards are very big gin consumers – who knew? It is a fabulous room – buzzy and comfortable with an open kitchen and a small bar. The service is super friendly (as it was in the bar) and excellent.

GinTonica Dining Room

And it is a great menu! We started with the delicious tomato bread and cheese croquettes. Next up were the pig cheeks which were delicious and some lightly coated calamari. The risotto was a highlight – a longer grain rice in a light cheese sauce mmm. The salmon was ok but not my kind of thing – a bit too cured for me.

Menu at GinTonica

And then to dessert – which was almost the highlight for me. A fantastic chocolate mousse and then the dish of the night for me – the pecan parfait with caramel sauce – amazing!

Chocolate dessert at Gintonica

There is another floor to the distillery – which is importantly where the loos are! There is also a private dining room/board room and three rooms for G&B or gin and bed! A fabulous place which I highly recommend.

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I do love unusual bars in London! Added to that  Gin in London is definitely having a moment. And the more boutique/distilled/backyard/speakeasy-esque it is...
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