The Grosvenor Hotel Goes Back To Its Roots With Victorian Themed Cocktails
Released on: December 08, 2011, 7:11 am
Guoman Hotels has announced that the Grosvenor hotel's
stylish new Reunion bar will be offering an exclusive limited edition
Victorian themed cocktail menu throughout December.
Inspired by the Victorian era when the historic London hotel was originally built,
guests can enjoy a delicious 'Penny Black', 'Dorian Gray' or 'Victorian
Martini', whilst relaxing in elegant surroundings overlooking the busy concourse of
Visitors to the new destination bar can also sample 'The 19th Century' made with
Beefeater premium London dry gin, orange juice and dark chocolate infused with baby
figs and Madagascan vanilla, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious
Beefeater 24 South Regional cocktail championships.
Explosive rum based cocktail including gunpowder tea, the 'HMS Temeraire', is
named after the first British ship to be equipped with barbette gun shields in 1876
and ‘Cuffs and Buttons’ is a refreshing fruity tipple based on a traditional
Victorian recipe which later became known as Southern Comfort.
Reunion's Head Barman, Paul Bradley, said: "This is the first of a regular series
of themed menu offerings that we have designed to celebrate the rich history and
heritage of Reunion and the hotel itself. We created each bespoke cocktail to
reflect the charm and character of this iconic Grade II listed building and to give
visitors a valuable insight into Victorian life. The Grosvenor was one of the
largest and grandest hotels in London when it was originally opened in 1862 and our
aim is to put Reunion on the map as the destination bar in the capital. The limited
edition menu also serves as a souvenir for visitors so that they can feel like they
are part of the hotel’s story."
Reunion bar, which was designed to reflect the
hotel's colourful past with unique decor and art inspired by the golden age of
railway travel, was formerly the VIP lounge for first class rail passengers at
Victoria station and was often frequented by famous actors including Laurence
Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Platform one, which could be accessed directly from the
lounge, was famous for the luxurious trains The Orient Express and the Brighton
Belle, the latter being depicted in paintings hanging at each end of the room.
The Grosvenor hotel is nearing the end of an extensive £20 million refurbishment
which will see it become the official fifth member of the luxury Guoman Hotels
collection in January 2012. London's oldest railway hotel will also celebrate its
150th anniversary next year.
About Guoman Hotels
Guoman Hotel Management Limited operates two hotel brands within the UK market;
Guoman Hotels, an exclusive collection of luxury hotels
located in central London and Thistle Hotels, a chain of
quality full service hotels in the UK’s major cities.
Guoman Hotels in the UK consists of four landmark properties; Charing Cross, The
Cumberland, The Royal Horseguards and The Tower. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio
is different with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest
levels of comfort and service to its guests.
In 2010, Guoman Hotels launched internationally with its new property opening in
Shanghai. In the UK, The Grosvenor Victoria property will join the collection in
Guoman Hotel Management Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GuocoLeisure Ltd,
part of the Hong Leong Group which has hospitality and leisure businesses across the
globe with hotels in Europe, USA, Australasia and Asia.
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