Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | The Huffington Post
Forget the Somerset House skating and hunker down in Pennethorne's for a lazy afternoon of cocktails, cheese and cured meats. The newly-opened bar-cum-cafe is a delightful refuge from the busy Strand and offers artisan coffees, wines and specialist breads and pastries.
But it's the evening menu which is the show-stopper. The mushrooms on toast are to die for; seeped in madeira and enriched with cream, they're gobsmackingly good and sumptuously succulent. The potted spicy aubergine is thick, creamy and packed with punchy Eastern flavours - a veer off the Italian - French - English theme but delicious nonetheless.
Opt for the selection of cheeses to sample the best of what Pennethorne's has to offer, and let your tastebuds go into overdrive. Bypass the smell of the Vacherin - because it really is the best; gooey, creamy, salty - it's difficult to tear yourself away. Gorge yourself on the intense-yet-surprisingly-delicate Monte Enebro goat's cheese and pair with the fig and apricot bread - you won't ever look back.
To top it all off, sample Pennethorne's surprisingly reasonably cocktails. The signature espresso number packs a fiery punch, but it's by wandering off-piste and letting the wonderfully knowledgeable and amenable maitre'd craft one for you that make things really interesting.
- Lucy Sherriff 18.12.2014