Ignite Group launches destination bar at Bumpkin

Bumpkin 209 Notting HillIgnite Group has launched its first destination bar within a Bumpkin restaurant as part of a refurbishment of its site in Notting Hill, west London.

The 209 Bar & Grill (pictured) has been created on the ground floor of the four-storey Victorian townhouse, offering cocktails alongside lighter bites as an alternative to the main Bumpkin dining room.

The bar has exposed brickwork, cream and gold floral wallpaper, ornate mirrors and pots of fresh herbs and flowers, aiming to create a “hip yet casual vibe”. Comfortable earth-brown leather banquettes offer intimate seating alongside rustic tall wooden tables.

The concise cocktail list is strong on fresh, seasonal ingredients. For the summer, drinks include The English Garden made with Hayman’s London Dry Gin shaken with cucumber, elderflower, mint, apple, lemon juice and a hint of soda water.

The Rhubarb & Lemon Fool combines rhubarb liqueur with lemon and sugar and a dash of bitters, served with lemon foam.

An environmentally friendly wine list offers several English wines as well as an extensive selection of sustainable, organic and bio-dynamic bins. There is also a range of British ciders and beers.

The food menu features light bites, classic mains and cooked-to-order grilled dishes from the UK’s first Bertha, an indoor charcoal oven designed so none of the natural moisture or flavour of the meat, fish or vegetables is lost.

Dishes include smoked baby back ribs with a barbecue cider glaze, lemon and thyme grilled chicken; chargrilled Loch Duart salmon with heritage tomato, beetroot and fennel salad; and chargrilled chicken skewer with rosemary and lemon.

Ignite Group, which also operates London’s Boujis nightclubs and Eclipse bars, opened a Bumpkin in Chelsea in June, creating a stylish restaurant in an elegant Georgian townhouse that was formerly Italian restaurant Il Giardino.

It houses the Potting Shed bar which features wooden panelling, pots of fresh plants and herbs and natural colours to evoke a sense of the outdoors, with a mismatch of contemporary bar stools and low-slung seating.

At the back of the restaurant is a pretty garden, designed by two-time RH Chelsea Flower Show medal winners Second Nature Gardens. It is framed with large reclaimed pots, colourful scented climbers and painted ivy alongside antique mirrors, twinkling fairy lights, vibrant furniture, outdoor heating and large umbrellas.

As well as drinks such as The English Garden, cocktails include the Lemon Collins, made with gin, fresh lemon and sugar, shaken and served with lime and a lemon foam.

It also serves Bumpkin’s range of Bloody Marys which has been extended with the Sunshine Mary, a mix of vodka, yellow tomato juice, Kamm & Sons ginseng spirit and homemade spices, finished with cucumber and lime.

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