It’s fair to say that Alex and I have built up quite a collection of different gins in our house over the past six months. I used to be an avid wine drinker, but found that the after effects were a bit too much to handle, so moved onto gin, which seems to work much better for me. Mothers Ruin? Not in this house! We love a glass of gin every now and then, or a few gin cocktails over the weekend. Gin, gin, gin… I bloody love the stuff!
I follow a few gin blogs and am not sure why it has taken me this long to get involved and become a member of The London Gin Club. This marvelous club was launched in March 2012 and is located at The Star at Night bar in Soho. You don’t need to be a member to go and drink there, but who wouldn’t want to be part of this club?! You also don’t need to like gin, as many other drinks are served there. I’m not quite sure why you would want to go and not sample some new gin flavours though, but that’s easily said by a gin lover of epic proportions!
Alex and I went along to the Star At Night for the first time on Friday evening. We booked in advance and it was a good job we did – The place was buzzing and people were being turned away at 7.30pm. Things quietened down a bit later, but I don’t think there was an empty table for more than 10 minutes all night in the upstairs seating area. The bar itself stocks over 60 gins and they serve them in large balloon glasses (which opens up the flavours), accompanied by huge chunks of ice. They also serve platters, olives and small pies of which we ordered most of whilst we were there. The food took a long time to come, but the staff were doing the best they could and we had our gin to keep us company anyway.
We opted to try both of the tasting menus on the night, and boy was this a good decision! These menus change on a monthly basis and you get four different glasses of gin, each one falling into a different taste category (dry, sweet, floral, savoury etc). It’s best to have each gin with the same tonic, so you can compare the flavours and each comes with a different garnish. I now see gin in a totally different light. Unless I have a cocktail, I always just pour gin into a glass, add tonic and ice and drink it. This is great, but adding a garnish takes it to a whole other level!
I have to say this night out was one of my favourite for a while. The service was very attentive from the off, and the atmosphere in the bar was just perfect. The Star at night is a tables only bar and I love to sit down and drink. None of that standing around and get bashed about whilst people push passed you. Perfect!
Unfortunately. I failed to get any good pictures to show you because the bar is quite dimly lit and I forgot my DSLR. I have however, dragged out all my gin from behind our bar for you to take a peak at. I am yet to decide which is my favourite now we have started to add garnishes to the mix, but I’m known to ask for Beefeater 24 and Hendricks more frequently than the others.
Drinks we tried on the night…
Tasting menu 1 (£21 – £18 members)
25ml gin & Fever Tree tonic
London No 1: orange and blueberry
Adnams First Rate: thyme & olive
Colonel Fox: Lemon & raspberry
Sacred: grapefruit & rosemary
Tasting Menu 2 (£25 – £22 members)
No 3: Sicilian olive
Geranium: orange peel
I also tried a Seventh Heaven cocktail, which was made with The London Gin Club’s very own gin (more info HERE).
Seventh Heaven is a very sweet gin made with vanilla syrup, lemon juice and plum bitters.
If you love gin and live in London, then I urge you to go. You can register to become a member in advance online here:
http://thelondonginclub.wordpress.com/contact-us – Membership is free and if you remember to get your card stamped, then you get your 10th drink for free. What’s not to love? Sadly, we didn’t get the membership discount on the night, as the waitress thought that we wanted to register on the night and signed us up all over again. A bit of miscommunication that lost us a few £s, but for such a wonderful night all will be forgiven.
I loved it and I can’t wait to go back!
The London Gin Club & Bar – The Star at Night, 22 Great Chapel Street, Soho, W1F 8FR