Hotel bar adds Provençal flavours for summer


Coupe De Jarnac Churchill BarThe flavours of Provence in the south of France are to pop up in London’s West End in a transformation of a hotel bar’s outside terrace.

From June 1, the terrace of the Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency London in Portman Square will be filled with creeping vines and the aromas of fresh herbs and citrus fruits.

The bar is also introducing a menu of summer cocktails that stay true to the bar’s British roots but are infused with Provençal regional produce, from huile d’olive and lavender to citrus fruits and herbs.

Signature cocktails includes the Côte D’Azur Spritz, which is a sharp and refreshing blend of Grey Goose Vodka, Lillet Blanc, house-made grapefruit cordial, and sparkling Bel-Air Rosé Wine.

The Fig Old Fashioned is a twist on the classic, combining bourbon with brown sugar syrup infused with rosemary and fig plus sharp orange bitters, garnished with a sweet, juicy fig.

Another twisted classic is the Bloody-Marie Niçoise, which is made with tequila and a splash of balsamic olive oil and served with a salad garnish of anchovy, olive, quails egg and spring onion.

La Coupe de Jarnac (pictured top) is a smooth blend of Courvoisier VSOP cognac, lemongrass and thyme-infused sugar syrup, with Angostura Bitters, Green Chartreuse, fresh lime juice and mint to refresh the palette.

The tangy and sweet Provence Sour (pictured below) combines gin with poached pear in red wine purée, the bar’s own house-made bitters, egg white, lemon and sugar, topped with an edible bloom.

The summer cocktails were developed by the Churchill Bar and Terrace’s manager, Alan B Cook.

The food menu will champion light dishes made using classic regional ingredients. Signature dishes will be crisp crudités with olive tapenade and rouille, salade niçoise, fruits de mer and panisse – a typical Provençal snack of crispy chickpea flour bites that go well with rosé.

The bar will also offer charcuterie boards and regional cheese plates as well as miniature lemon and lavender crème brulée, and succulent olive oil cake.

The Churchill Bar is inspired by the young Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine, including a life-sized bronze sculpture of the great statesman by Lawrence Holofcener on the terrace.

Provence Sour Churchill Bar
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