An Afternoon in Soho: The Ivy Market Grill and The Blind Pig

 

Its almost time to say goodbye March and (hopefully) hello Spring! The ‘Beast from the East: Part One and Two’ is gone and drinking Pimms in the sunshine is on its way (it was the boat race at the weekend after all)!

For my birthday last year I was gifted a cocktail tasting experience for two at The Blind Pig, a speakeasy style cocktail bar above Social Eating House in Soho and what better way to welcome Springtime than with a few cocktails.

 

 

Eager to start our evening, my boyfriend Elliot and I headed to Covent Garden early and, with time to kill, found ourselves popping into The Ivy Market Grill for a nibble and a few drinks before The Blind Pig. I adore all iterations of The Ivy, so I knew the Market Grill wouldn’t disappoint!

 

The service was fabulous, with our lovely bartender recommending drinks based on our preferences and whipping up bespoke cocktails for us (including a delicious lychee and rose martini).

 

 

Soon it was time to make our way to Soho. Hidden behind a secret entrance next to Social Eating House lies The Blind Pig, marked only by the small pig’s head their door, under an unassuming ‘Opticians’ sign. Make a reservation or get there early, this place gets booked up really quickly and by 8pm there was already a queue out the door!

 

 

As part of our tasting experience we each chose three cocktails from The Blind Pig’s extensive storybook themed cocktail list. To begin, I ordered the Jermima Puddle-Duck’s Fowl Play which consisted of duck fat washed Aylsbury Duck vodka, blood orange, chartreause, honey, herbs and spices (£10.50). I am usually fairly unadventurous when it comes to cocktails, so this was very different from my usual order. The duck fat washed vodka gave the cocktail an almost savoury taste which, whilst I was unsure on, Elliot loved. Elliot opted for The BFG’s Dream Jar, made up of Hendricks Orbium, Midori, vanilla, citrus, cucumber and watermelon soda topped with a ‘Snozzcumber’ meringue foam (£11). This was a really delicious cocktail, with the foam that was added at the table giving it a fun and theatrical twist.

 

 

For the next stop on my journey through the storybook cocktails I selected Paddington’s Lost and Found. Containing Ketel one oranje, Reisling, Tripple sec and Citrus (£10.5), this was easily my favourite of the evening. The resulting cocktail was refreshing and sweet with a citrusy twang. Elliot chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Five a Day: patron silver, lime cordial, sekforde’s botanical tequilla mixer and various fruits (£11).

 

 

To finish our evening I ordered Mr Tumnus’s Tumnus Tipple Delight: Star of Bombay, Lanique rose, White chocolate, Citrus, Vanilla and Egg white (£11). This was a really lovely cocktail to finish the evening on: delightfully sweet and chocolatey.  Elliot chose the Hunny Pot which contained Bacardi Oro, Mead, Cider brandy, honey and orange blossom (£10.5) all served up in an adorable little ‘hunny’ pot.

The cocktail tasting was such a great experience, and really gave us the opportunity to taste most of the items on the menu. Individually each of the cocktails were unique and creatively put together, as well as being really reasonably priced for the area.

Love, Sophia x

 

The Blind Pig, 58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR

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