Leading British bartender Andy Mil is creating “ground-breaking” drinks inspired by the history of creation at chef Ian Pengelley’s new “lounge” for gourmet dining and craft cocktails.
Andy (pictured right), who works as a consultant as well as running his own bars, has been brought on board to develop bespoke cocktails to pair with the Pan-Asian small plates at Beyond London which opens in Kensington on October 20.
Joining as executive chef, Ian (pictured left) is a specialist in Asian cuisine and most recently worked as executive chef at London restaurant Gilgamesh and as executive head chef at Harrods’ Chai Wu in London.
At Beyond London, his Pan-Asian small plates promise to “play with your senses by utilising a mix of textures, smells and challenging conventional cooking”. Key dishes will include seabass and gold flake steamed dumplings, mixed bubbling and smoking sashimi, and green tea chocolate fondant.
The “ground-breaking” drinks will include Ra!, a cocktail that envelopes the table with orange oil and hydrogen air and is ignited at the table leaving a gold shimmering drink which represents the birth of the sun.
Andy said: “The cocktail menu is a fluid impressionist account of the history of creation. With drinks spanning from the Big Bang, the creation of the Moon before moving onto the aeons of earth and periods of man.”
Aged 26, Andy is part of the team behind The Cocktail Trading Co Development Bar & Table in Soho, London, and Her Majesty’s Secret Service in Bristol, with another Cocktail Trading Co bar opening in Smithfield in October. He is also a consultant for other top venues in London.
Beyond London aims to provide the best in food and drink to customers who demand great service and a personal touch usually reserved for Mayfair’s high-end nightclubs. With plush sofas, private booths and music to set the mood, it promises to offer a calming atmosphere, with a lounge concierge service and attentive staff providing a “lavish” experience into the early hours. The interiors are being designed by leading bar and club specialist Tibbatts Abel.
Ian said: “Bridging together the love of food, drink and incredible service, this new venture will please those with impeccable taste. Beyond is going to offer the Kensington neighbourhood award-winning food and drink with a club-like feel – music, fun, dancing. Beyond will have it all.”