I’m not sure about you, but I need a festive bar or two to really start to feel festive! With that it mind, and since I hadn’t even started to feel remotely Christmas-y, Andy and I arranged a festive date at The Churchill Bar and Terrace at Hyatt Regency, The Churchill to get into the festive spirit.
This season, the terrace has been transformed into the ultimate luxurious Siberian hideaway. Complete with fur rugs, cosy blankets and heaters to warm your from the Siberina cold, it’s the perfect post-Oxford Street hideaway.
You might have noticed I’ve been a little busy, so haven’t been able to travel, so I’m trying to travel inside of London…
…with sets of skis I felt like I was in the foreign chalet I was craving to be in!
The terrace at The Churchill is deceptively quiet for somewhere which is located as centrally as it is. After my lunch at The Montagu in summer, I was excited to return, but first, it was time to indulge in a cocktail or two and allow the festive spirit to infect me!
As soon as you walk it, the Siberian spirit hits you, you feel the cool, crisp air wash over you, and you want to cozy underneath a blanket and sit on a fur. The perfect winter hideaway.
And did I mention that the blankets are customised? In fact, I’ve been looking for something similar for my flat…
After soaking up the atmosphere it was time to say cheers to Christmas with a cocktail or two! I started for what can only call the ultimate princess cocktail, the Tsarina.
A gin based cocktail, served with a sugar crown, it’s the ultimate, sweet, pre-lunch cocktail!
We arrived reasonably early on a Sunday afternoon when it was reasonably quiet, but I loved feeling the bar warm up as more and more people arrived. Not just couples, but friends looking to raise a glass to festive fun.
Andy opted for another beautiful cocktail, The Garden Trail. Another gin based cocktail, made with tea and other ingredients which highlight the rich history of the Siberian area.
And then the nibbles set in… Still craving a snow-filled place, we ordered something that always reminds us of snowier climbs…
And teased each other with hints of Christmas presents, discussed festive plans and even 2017 holidays.
Whilst nibbling on homemade cheese straws, which happen to be a complete weakness of mine…
All in all, it was a place and a time to bring the largest of smiles to the happiest of people!
One of my festive highlights of the season, and the first time I’ve felt at all Christmas-y this season!
A little nibbly from the cocktails, our fondue arrived. Smoked applewood cheddar and bacon fondue was the ultimate festive indulgence, and one that I’d highly recommend you enjoy when you can!
And of course, some grapes to make you feel at least a little healthy…
Dip, enjoy, repeat… When it comes to fondue that’s all you’ve gotta do!
Feeling a little sluggish after a lot of indulgence, I opted for a coffee based cocktail to awaken me from my cheese induced dreams!
Andy fancied a more classic Churchill cocktail and so ordered Clemmentine’s nightcap, served in what can only be described as an original onesie! A rum based cocktail that tastes almost like a more fun Horlicks was just what the doctor ordered – especially when topped with a slice of shortbread!
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We were guests of The Churchill, but all opinions are my own