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Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | The Handbook

Whether through the pages of David Nicholls' latest novel or splashed across our television screens in period dramas, there is no doubt about it, there is penchant for Europe in the air. And whilst Paris, Florence and Rome are not too far away, it is always nice to know that we can find a little slice of our favourites cities in London- especially in regards to our bank balances. For this reason, we were delighted to hear of the opening of Pennethorne’s Café and Bar at Somerset House on 28th November, which promises a menu inspired by the Grand Tours themselves.

Why Pennethorne’s do you ask? Let us give you a little bit of inside knowledge, because after all what is the point of a Grand Tour if not to be enlightened? Well, the name comes from Sir James Pennethorne, the architect responsible for designing the New Wing of Somerset House, where the café will be based. Pennethorne took a visit round Europe for himself in the early 19th century, and whilst there is nothing old fashioned about the menu in question, it won’t be hard to spot the classics from the cities that inspired it.  

Speaking of food, the all- day dining experience will centre on the three major components of any tour of Europe: France, Italy and Britain. At the heart of the venue is the on-site bakery which will be treating the people of London with freshly baked treats daily. Perk up a Monday morning with a Bacon Brioche, or find some comfort with the banana bread that is on offer, and in no time you will feel as though you are on holiday, coffee close by! Whilst this is the main event, do not forget to try the roast beef at lunch time or the sharing plates on offer at dinner. And as its final ode to the Grand Tour, Pennethorne’s will also be on hand, pairing drinks from each country with a number of miniature dishes inspired by the tour.

And for all those coffee lovers, the Brew Bar will showcase only the finest of coffees celebrating a different coffee blend each month. Let your Grand Tour commence!



24th Nov 2014