I love a cocktail (well usually more than one)…and I really enjoy trying new drinks or at the very least contemporary twists on an old classic.
Back in the spring(sorry for the delay in posting this!) I was invited to the launch night of Lily Gins, a fab little cocktail bar in the Montpellier region of Cheltenham. Tucked away, up a few stairs from street level and through a discrete doorway the cocktail bar is truly a hidden gem.
The bar itself is themed as an old Victorian bordello bar. Decadence and eccentricity is brought to life through the rich decor, chandeliers and fabrics used throughout the venue. The unique backdrop means there are enough nooks and cranny’s to have an intimate few drinks or be part of the chic crowd at the bar. The staff are experienced, friendly and truly talented in their cocktail making. The cocktail menu is extensive (wine and spirits too) and the Victorian theme runs throughout the menu by cleverly named drinks and ‘olde worldy’ chatter introducing the various drink themes.
I had a great chat with Josh Brentnall, Managing Director when we arrived and he explained that a lot of their cocktails used unusual ingredients such as lavender, elderflower and celery. I’d never had a drink expertly made using these ingredients before so I was desperate to try something with them in. He recommended the Twinkle which is prosecco, vodka and elderflower based and the perfectly crafted together drink was amazing! My hubby had the Lily Gins take on a Hendricks Old Fashioned; the gin based cocktail used celery bitters and had a hint of lavender. It was delicious even though I’m not a gin drinker.
If you ever head to the city for the day or a weekend, drop into Lily Gins. It’s got a feel of a unique London bar, one which prides itself on being unique and innovative. Its well worth a visit and the experience is one you won’t forget. I’ve heard the venue is now also doing food so we will be popping back to Cheltenham soon to try it out.
Lily Gins can be found at: 2a Regents Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HR – 07725 224 467