Christmas Day may be over but that doesn’t mean the festive pop-ups have ended too. Although it began back at the end of November, The Goring’s Cresta Run bar is sticking round until February, long after the indulgence has worn off…
The Goring (Kate Middleton’s hotel of choice for her wedding night) is long established as one of London’s most exclusive hotels, so throw in a little old school apres ski inspired by the glamour of St. Moritz and you’re on to a winner. Can’t make it to the Alps, or waiting for some proper snow, then you’ll want to head to Belgravia for hot cocktails, Swiss inspired canapés and vintage artefacts including photos of the actual Cresta Run (aka the oldest and most inherently dangerous ice skeleton racing toboggan track in the world) and outfits worn by daredevil participants. To put it into perspective, riders on the Cresta Run reach speeds of up to 82.87mph and complete it in about 50 seconds – the fastest ever recorded time was Johannes Badrutt who did it in a neck-breakingly fast 41.02 seconds… The Shuttlecock is the name given to the most notorious corner of the run, where many riders fall – The Goring has created a suitably lethal cocktail of the same name to honour it; vodka, Cointreau, almond syrup, Angostura Bitters and double cream.
We headed down to sample some of the cocktails from the comfort of the sheepskin-covered chairs and can confirm the hot Cresta Punch was a winner. Ginger wine, apple juice, honey and calvados come infused with fresh sliced ginger would be enough to thaw even the most hardened of skiers out after a day on the slopes, whilst the Prosecco-topped go and elderflower Lemon Fizz would be a worthy drink to toast a successful Cresta rider. Soak things up with the concise selection of Swiss-inspired canapés, including tartiflette, duck rillettes and Arbroath Smokie fish cakes with roast garlic mayo.
Hot cocktails and tartiflette from the comfort of The Goring? We’ll race you there.
The Cresta Bar at The Goring is open from 5pm Monday-Saturday, until February 2017