Cheltenham gin and tea bar prepares for October launch

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Following a successful kick starter campaign, Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar is set to open in Cheltenham next month.

The owners of East India Cafe, the award-winning Anglo-Indian restaurant situated in the regency town of Cheltenham Spa, are the team behind Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar, a new “premium” venue which will offer house-distilled gin, afternoon Chai tea and light snacks.

Co-owner Litu Mohiuddin said: “Everything is coming together and, while we’ve not got a fixed date yet, we know we’ll be ready to open in mid-October – which means that’s when the world will have its first gin and tea bar!”

Believed to be the first of its kind, the Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar is set to serve 55 gins sourced from all over the world, while also offering its very own distilled gin and a range of teas and spices, which will be paired with East India Cafe’s famous Anglo-Indian food.

The design for the bar’s interior is inspired by the British Raj period, a time in which many Anglo-Indian women came and settled in Cheltenham, providing a rich heritage for the bar to tap into.

Guests who visit the bar will be transported back to the 19th century, where they will experience the culture that inspired Anglo-Indian cuisine.

Litu added: “There’s a wealth of Anglo-Indian history in Cheltenham and it’s this that inspired us to open the Memsahib Gin & Tea bar, where we replicate the welcoming home of the wealthy upper class European women of the Raj (known as memsahibs).

“These homes had a distinct Anglo-Indian vibe and it’s this we’ll be looking to convey in the bar’s décor and ambience.

“We’re delighted that the plans are well on course, and we’re looking forward to welcoming our guests when we open our doors later next month.”

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