Be At One adds food at 13th bar

Cocktail bar group Be At One is to offer food for the first time at its latest venue opening in the City of London in October.

It is investing about £650,000 in the 2,000 sq ft site of former Bar Battu in Gresham Street to create its 13th site, featuring all the hallmarks of the Be At One concept but with several new features.

The company is partnering with restaurateur Ossie Gray, formerly of the River Café, and will be producing light plates and tapas-style dishes with a European flavour.

Be At One director Steve Locke said: “Over the past 14 years, Be At One has grown by staying focused on delivering great cocktails, service and atmosphere when it comes to hosting our guests. We are looking forward to partnering with Ossie Gray and his team as his simple, high-quality cuisine will be the ideal accompaniment to what we do.”

The company insists that the main focus will still be “to serve fantastic cocktails with the food as an additional complement”. As with other sites, there will be an extensive list of 160 cocktails.

They range from classics such as Mojitos and Old Fashioned to The English Fizz which is a refreshing mix of gin, cucumber syrup and elderflower topped with soda. Be At One also serves a selection of bottled beers and wines.

The investment in the Gresham Street site will include a total refurbishment of the downstairs bar, together with the addition of a new bar in the upstairs area, suitable for private parties.

In advance of the October opening, Be At One has employed 10 full-time bartenders and is training them to have the skills and knowledge to deliver every cocktail on the menu to high standards.

Steve added: “This is a fantastic City site. We feel that Gresham Street is crying out for a top-quality cocktail bar.”

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