The Handbook
The Handbook

It was Tuesday, and we needed a cocktail, something classic but still inventive, something like a martini. So we headed over to Christopher’s in Covent Garden to try out their bar, which just so happens specialises in martini’s – the Martini Bar.

The bar takes on a theatrical appearance, emulating the style of American Deco, it’s grand, with deep opulent colours set against gold, but still with contemporary modern fixtures such as the tubular hanging lights. And the decor rather mirrors the menu which is divided up into classic, contemporary and decadent, with martinis ranging from The Original, to the Japanese Slipper to a Chilli and Ginger Chocolate and a whole host of other classic cocktails.

We started with the two light, refreshing martini’s the Apple and Raspberry and The Pear and Blueberry. Which were sweet without being sickly, fruity but still with a kick so that you could taste the vodka.

After that we decided to try something a little more rich, from the Decadent Menu: the Nutella Martini and the New York Tart, I think they are best described as martini puddings. The New York Tart, a blend of vanilla vodka, limoncello, frangelico, fresh lemon, demerara sugar and mascarpone  was just like  drinking a cheesecake, the lemon was strong but the sugar and vanilla cut through it well so it was more sweet than sour.

And the Nutella Martini, chocolate and alcohol? It was like drinking delicious cool molten chocolate with a vodka edge! Although perhaps it could have been served with a little spoon, since all the Nutella sank to the bottom, and if you are on a date it is not going to look attractive, if you are trying to somehow neck the chocolate or are trying to use your finger as a spoon!

Intimate, sophisticated, and with one of the best track lists we’ve heard in a bar, we recommend Christopher’s for drinks before dinner or dates and you have  to try the decadent martinis!