Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | Harper's Bazaar
Joining Spring in the recently refurbished New Wing of Somerset House, Pennethorne’s Café Bar is the latest destination for the art and fashion crowd. Taking its name from Sir James Pennethorne, the 19th-century English architect who designed the New Wing, the venue is an ode to his travels throughout Europe.
A perfect venue for day or evening, this bar-style setting is part trendy speakeasy, part sleek city lounge. The high, navy walls will want to make you redecorate as soon as you get home and the selection of Victorian sculpture will make you wish you had made more of your gap year.
The menu takes inspiration from Pennethorne’s expeditions on the Grand Tour, mixing traditionally English ingredients with an Italian flare. Meals are served tapas style, so you combine plates of breads, meats and cheese, with salads and pots of condiments, continuing the themes of discovery and variety. Each dish has been meticulously selected to reflect key destinations in the Grand Tour route, from British white cabbage to Iberico Ham. Highly recommended is the pancetta with potted spicy aubergine, and the roasted squash, beet, and chestnuts salad. And we cannot think of a better way to start an evening than the ‘That’s Amore’ gin martini.
Long lazy afternoons of nibbling, sipping and chatting.
BY 5 JANUARY 2015