Nowadays, Alpine retreats aren’t as far away as the Alps; the courtyard at Hush Mayfair has been transformed into an après lodge – perfect for those who enjoy the après but can’t ski to save their lives! The courtyard has been decorated with vintage skis and sleds, fairy lights and temperatures are kept high with the blankets and hot water bottles.
No Alpine lodge is complete without food in abundance so feast on mountainside favourites like onion soup with gruyere croutons or chicken schnitzel with spaghetti tomato. There’ll also be ‘petit plates’ available like croque monsieur served with Aspen fries, as well as baked Vacherin Mont d’Or to get stuck into.
For those of you who aren’t kidding yourselves with the concept of dry January, there’ll be a number of “Get Piste” cocktails (we see what they did there). Maybe a warm spiced plum cider appeals, or perhaps a Hush Toddy, made with Pogues Irish Whiskey. If you’re still continuing with the festive indulgence, gourmet chocolatier William Curley has teamed up with Hush to bring you a hot chocolate created exclusively for the event. The star of the show, however, is without doubt the mulled wine on offer. It has been branded the world’s most expensive mulled wine and is made with 2001 La mission Haut-Brion, Hennessy Paradis rare cognac, clementines and precious spices. Priced at £100 a glass, it really does live up to it’s name but it does come with grapes and cheese – definitely a bargain then… still, definitely worth it.
The ski season at Hush runs from 3rd January to 26th February.