The bar’s team promises that from the moment that guests step out onto the terrace, “they will be transported from central London to a sophisticated mountain-top retreat”. It has been filled with soft furs, rugs, vintage sleighs and classic wooden skis plus heaters overhead.
The new menu of limited-edition winter warmers continues the bar’s strong British identity by using seasonal ingredients and premium spirits.
The Speyside Snood (pictured) is a mix of 16-year-old Mortlach whisky with clouded yellow wheat beer and sweet Frangelico and vanilla. It is served warm, with a crunchy shortbread on the side.
The Churchillian Chestnut combines English Chase vodka stirred with Grand Marnier and chestnut liqueur – a traditional British winter flavour. It is served in a crystal cut glass that has been bathed in smoky Lagavulin whisky and garnished with a snowball of ice.
Also celebrating Churchill, Winston’s Nightcap is a twist on a traditional Hot Buttered Rum, combining the rich flavours of Ron Zacapa 23 with house-made spiced syrup, boiling water and butter. The drink is topped with vanilla foam and garnished with a pinstriped gingerbread man.
The Cherry Flip is a twist on another traditional classic, with the warming flavours of armagnac and Cherry Heering liqueur combined with sugar, bitters and a whole egg to make a light and smooth blend.
To accompany the cocktails, a selection of small dishes will include scotch eggs and mini steak tartare, as well as an indulgent non-alcoholic treat called Hot Chocolate Three Ways with Marshmallow Snowballs.
Guests can still enjoy a cigar on The Winter Terrace from the bar’s bespoke stained-oak humidor. The selection of 28 cigars includes Havanas – the Behike 52 or Behike 56 – and the limited-edition Petit Belicosos by Bolivar and Cohiba 1966.
The terrace, which was created as part of a refurbishment of the bar at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill hotel a year ago, retains the life-size bronze of Sir Winston Churchill who sports a sprig of holly in his lapel to celebrate the coming of winter.