Pub’s coffee house history inspires new signature cocktail


Kespresso

A cocktail combining dark roasted coffee and a caramel caviar is being added to the menu at one of Yummy Pub Co’s venues to tie in with London Cocktail Week.

The team at Somers Town Coffee House near London Euston have created the Kespresso Martini (pictured), inspired by the pub’s history as a coffee house dating back to the 18th century.

It is a delicate blend of chocolate, vanilla and ginger, infused with dark roasted coffee from Yummy Pub Co’s coffee specialists The Gentlemen Baristas, topped with a homemade caramel caviar. It will be served with a cake to complement the flavours.

The drink will be available for £5 during London Cocktail Week, which runs from October 5 to 11, to anyone wearing a London Cocktail Week wristband. It is one of 275 bars, pubs and restaurants taking part in the festival’s self-guided Cocktail Tours. More details at www.londoncocktailweek.com.

Somers Town Coffee House also houses a basement cocktail bar, Cosy Kettle, and Ssshh, four individually themed dining and meeting rooms tucked away upstairs.

Tom Blundell, head bartender at Yummy Pub Co, said: “We wanted to bridge the gap between food and drink. We have created a cocktail that is something of an armadillo: hard on the outside with a crunchy texture, and soft on the inside.

“We’ve put our own spin on classic ingredients by infusing the drink with dark roasted coffee and adding a homemade, secret-recipe caramel caviar that I think will really tickle the taste buds.”

Yummy Pub Co, headed by Tim Foster, Anthony Pender and Jason Rowlands, operates five other pubs, The Grove Ferry in Canterbury in Kent, The Gorringe Park in Tooting in south London, The Wiremill near Lingfield in Surrey, The Victoria in Mile End in east London, and the Daniel Defoe in Stoke Newington in north-east London – soon to be renamed into the Stoke Newington Tea House.

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