Smith & Whistle
May 11, 2018
Hotel bars can be a mixed bag, especially when it comes to location, design and menu choices, but luckily for us, Smith & Whistle has come out of the stereotype unscathed. Shining, in fact. From the sleek modern Art Deco-style furnings (embossed metal wall decals, teal suede stools, orb light shades and even an old gramophone in the corner) to the suited-and-booted bar staff, Smith & Whistle delivers on its initial delights and then exceeds them with the drinks menu.
All ingredients used at Smith & Whistle are seasonal and locally-sourced, and this emphasis on British suppliers is particularly noticeable in the beer list – a who’s who of British craft lagers and ales. Cocktails are strong and well-thought-out, a couple of our past favorites being the complex-yet-delightful Mayfair Mystery (quinoa vodka, German herbal digestif, ginger, chilli, elderflower cordial, lime and Szechuan pepper honey), the sweet-and-savory Night Train (white tequila, orange liqueur, agave nectar, elderflower liqueur, lemon verbena, coriander seeds tincture and carbonated water) and the simple-and-tangy William Whistle (gin, vermouth and grapefruit bitters). As for the wine selection, we’re happy to see several offerings from English vineyards, including a wonderful sparkling Pinot Noir-Chardonnay. Smith & Whistle have also created a small gastropub-style food menu, again utilizing seasonal and local ingredients, with a delicious British twist (we’re looking at you, black pudding croquettes and sherry trifle).