Pennethorne's At Somerset House

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Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | The Drinks Business

Always keen to try out new openings in town, db headed to Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar at Somerset House this week for cocktails and nibbles. Named after 19th century English architect Sir James Pennethorne who designed part of the building, interiors are inspired by Pennethorne’s travels across Europe.

The wine list features drops from England, Italy and France, while cocktails include the Nutty Martini (left), a moreish mix of Bacardi 8, Frangelico, pomegranate syrup and rose bitters, and the Corretto Martini, blending grappa, coffee liqueur and double espresso. They also do a twist on an Old Fashioned with Somerset cider brandy and quince jam.

Devised by head chef Richard Robinson, the menu at Pennethorne’s takes in dishes from France, Italy and England. During our visit we feasted on delicious homemade fig and apricot bread, pickled Cornish mackerel, nduja, mushrooms in marsala and soft egg and pancetta on toast, rounding off the evening with lashings of gooey Vacherin.


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