October: Cocktail Hour with Talented Mr Fox

The lovely @ginandjess reports on our fantastic evening with the guys from Talented Mr Fox. What better way to spend an evening during London Cocktail Week!

After a little summer hiatus, the welcome return of London Cocktail Society landed, fittingly kick-starting London Cocktail Week with a sneak peek preview of Talented Mr Fox’s residency at One Leicester Street, the not-long-opened boutique hotel, bar and restaurant with Michelin starred Chef Tom Harris at the helm.

Talented Mr Fox is the latest outing by cocktail pioneer Matt Whiley, formerly of Fluid Movement, the group behind Worship by Whistling Stop and Purl. Lucky members whose names had been drawn out of the coveted LCS hat were promised a taste of a got-to-try-that menu weaving elements like radish tonic and pistachio gin distillate into the drinks list. If Purl and Worship were anything to go by, this would be a London Cocktail Week highlight.

Behind an almost unnamed hotel entrance hidden in the steam of China Town’s dumpling houses and throng of tourists, the darkened bar is nestled upstairs, a cosy hideout brought alive by Matt’s team behind the bar adorned with distillation devices and handmade bitters, liqueurs and distillates.

Their intriguing drinks list was devised to complement Tom Harris’ menu at the hotel restaurant, which focuses on ingredients which have been cured, smoked and pickled in house…and offal. No challenge too big, it seems, as Matt has even distilled pig’s blood to add to his cocktail ingredients.

In usual LCS style, our gathering of cocktail enthusiasts were ready to get tasting and investigating our menu for the night:

  • Dog Nose Dry – Moonshine Kid’s Dog Nose hop gin, choice of TMF Bottle Age, Sherry, Sauternes, Port or American Oak.
  • Have a Word – Few Gin, Dandelion Flower Spun Yellow Chartreuse, Lime, Maraschino
  • Nuts about Bees – Moonshine Kid Pistachio Gin, Diplomatico Blanco, Soy Honey, Citrus
  • People’s Republic – WS Cream Gin, TMF Strawberry and Radish Tonic, Pepper
  • White Ape – Moonshine Kid Corn Whiskey, Kamm and Sons, Antica Formulas, Sweetcorn

The White Ape was a particular favourite, with a garnish of pickled sweetcorn which satisfied my pickle back addiction, and was a delicious partner to the oysters we indulged in from the bar menu.

As always, it was great to catch up with everyone and meet a few new faces. Job done, this was definitely a London Cocktail Week highlight.

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