Reverend JW Simpson
May 11, 2018
Taking its name (apparently) from a former inhabitant of this basement room on Goodge Street, this cocktail bar from the people behind Bourne and Hollingsworth makes a feature of the building’s history. The space is artfully distressed, with flaking wallpaper, plenty of woodchip and well-worn parquet, and what looks like 1970s kitchen tiles adorning one wall, layers of old London, history and whispers, atmospheric but ever so slightly eerie (especially in what seems to have been a bedroom). The elegant and friendly black-clad staff look slightly out of place against this peeling décor, but this incongruity is intended and is part of its peculiar charm.
The drinks are reasonably priced and beautifully presented in vintage crystal glassware. From an intriguing list of fizzes, cobblers and sours we tried the Mead Feast, a deliciously subtle and honeyed mix of mead and quince liqueur freshened with basil, and a Blackberry Smash, a blend of whisky and blackberries sprigged with mint. The Rebourne Royale, a refreshing pairing of elderflower, gin, lime and fizz is the ideal pre-dinner drink, and while none of the cocktails we tried packed a punch – the emphasis seemed to have been placed on delicacy of flavour -we quite liked this. There’s no food menu, but bowls of nuts are provided to tide you over as you pick your next drink.