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Getting Tipsy at Mr Fogg’s Tavern

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When I walked into Mr Fogg’s Tavern located on St Martin’s Lane I found myself in a busy pub with chalkboards advertising ‘mother’s ruin’ gin cocktails and grog, patrons were drinking from old-fashioned tankards and the food was billed as ‘honest fare’ serving ‘London’s finest pie’, sandwiches and roasts all day – it was sort of like stepping back in time to Victorian London.

There’s a fun fictional story behind the bar – the idea is that Phileas J Fogg, from the story Around The World in 80 Days, inherited the townhouse in St Martin’s Lane when his Aunt Gertrude passed away. The Tavern downstairs is run by Aunt Gertrude’s loyal housekeeper Fanny McGee as a raucous hangout for her theatrical friends. But our drinking den for the evening was actually upstairs and more sedate Gin Parlour & Salon kept by Mr Fogg himself.

The Gin Parlour is kind of like The Old Curiosity Shop in the Dickens novel…
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With little antiques and trinkets…there’s something different around every corner…
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Actually it looks less like a cool Covent Garden bar and more like someone’s living room. With comfortable sofas in eclectic patterns, an open fireplace, clocks, pictures and mirrors lining the wall…DSC_8170
All the personal bits and pieces that Mr Fogg has picked up from travels around the world.DSC_8203
Or artefacts that have been passed down for generations.
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I particularly liked the bar itself constructed out of a chest of drawers which I imagined contained Mr Fogg’s maps and travelling papers among his other bits and bobs. I visited the sister bar, Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair, a couple of weeks ago and the interior there is quite different – more like a gentleman’s club than a cosy salon.

But I wasn’t here just to admire the decor, I was meeting Lauren and Colleen for cocktails…DSC_8177
The cocktail menu reflects the bar’s theatrical location and it’s split into different acts to reflect the types of cocktails.DSC_8190
Act 1 is pre-show light looseners or aperitif-type cocktails. We were all tempted by the same one with a travel-themed name, the Trans-Siberian Express containing Russian Standard Platinum vodka, crème de framboise, fresh lemon juice and pineapple juice topped with Moët & Chandon champagne.
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Now I’m pretty fussy about cocktails, I don’t like them too strong, too sweet or too sour but this cocktail hit all the right notes for me. The lemon juice providing the necessary tartness but the pineapple balancing it out with some sweetness. I absolutely loved the glasses too, champagne coupés are my favourite and if you read my blog post 10 facts about Champagne, you’ll know that this glass shape was apparently modelled on Marie-Antoinette’s breast.

As we all love champagne cocktails, our second one also came from the ‘light looseners’ section of the menu but if you prefer something stronger there’s plenty of interesting concoctions to choose from, many featuring gin, the signature spirit of the bar. Actually if gin’s your thing the bar run a Gin Safari which is basically an hour and a half of expert tuition in gin and a tasting of six different types. DSC_8211
Our second cocktail was named after another literary reference and the name Ophelia’s Pagne reminded me of my student days studying Hamlet. The cocktail contained Cointreau Noir liqueur shaken with bergamot liqueur, lemon juice and Angostura bitters topped with Moët & Chandon champagne. If you like a stronger champagne cocktail it’s a great choice but personally I preferred our first one.

While more substantial food is served downstairs, there’s a menu of nibbles on offer at the Gin Parlour.DSC_8225 DSC_8236
The three of us shared a really tasty charcuterie platter and a small plate of sloe gin cured salmon – just right to soak up those strong cocktails. Moving on from the cocktails we decided to try some of the wine which is available by the glass, jug or bottle. We went for a jug between the three of us…and yes, a jug of wine is much more classy than it sounds especially as it came in a pretty crystal carafe. DSC_8244
I had a really lovely night with Lauren and Colleen and I really liked Mr Fogg’s, it’s great to find somewhere comfortable and relaxed for cocktails – I also have my eye on coming back to try the Tipsy tea which is served with champagne and gin teas and sounds really interesting and unique.

Mr Fogg’s Tavern
58 St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2N 4EA

020 7581 3992

Our food and drinks were complimentary for the review. 

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  • Love this post! The pictures look amazing. We had such a fun evening and the Trans Siberian Express cocktail was the perfect drink to kick the night off with 🙂

    Lots of love,
    Colleen xx

  • It’s nice to see Mr Fogg’s during the day, I’m due to go there for lunch very soon. You’re all looking very glam!

  • This is one of those places I really want to visit. In fact I’m sending mum a link to your post now as I’m sure she’d love it too.

    Victoria x

    FlorenceandMary.com

  • What a fun evening! I’ve heard lots of good things about this place and can’t wait to check it out – those champagne cocktails seem to be calling to me…. 😉 xxx

  • Oh how snazzy! This is definitely going on my ‘to visit’ list!

    captaincharley.net

  • I love Mr. Fogg’s and I often frequent the Mayfair branch! This Covent Garden location looks so much brighter and ‘airier’, the vibe couldn’t be more different. Definitely checking it out when I’m next in the area! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • The Ophelia’s Pagne sounds especially amazing! xxx

  • I adore the gin parlour from the curiosities dotted around to the cocktails! I’m keen to check the tea out here too (having tried and loved the Tipsy Tea at Fogg’s Mayfair) – perhaps something for us to go back for together once I’m back in London?! xxx

  • Ooh, been meaning to go to Mr Fogg’s for so long. Love the eclectic look of it – you’d never run out of things to look at! And sloe gin cured salmon?! How was that? 🙂

  • Such a fascinating place, really do need to get myself there soon!

  • Carol Ann Nicholls

    Thank you for this review. Have had the Tipsy Tea on our radar for a while so must try it out.

  • very Victorian indeed!:)

  • Isn’t tipsy just the best word!?

  • I sat across from this place last Sunday whilst I enjoyed a little Ice Cream in the parlour opposite and it looks incredible. If my train to leave London wasn’t 1 hour later I’d have had to try this place. Hopefully next time I’m in London I’ll give it a try, it looks incredible.

    Lisa Loves | thegratitudeblog.org

  • Looks like such a fun, cute little place! Especially because I’m sure you could stare around all day and still find something new to look at. Those drinks looked delicious as well!

  • This place is unreal! I love the decor, and the cocktails sound right up my street too. What a lovely place to meet with lovely bloggers 🙂

    Polly xx

  • Ellie Adams

    Is it bad that the first thing I thought of was that the colour or that first cocktail is so pretty? Haha in all seriousness, what an absolutely stunning location, gorgeous decor… I bet the atmosphere was incredible!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • Ooo so quirky! I like ‘different’ places to have a drink and they’ve really gone to town on the décor! Glad you guys had fun. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Lucy

    A nice touch that the drinks are named after literature, the inside of the pub has so much antique furniture. It makes a nice change to see a place with soul and character Lucy x