So you know your Scotch from your Bourbon and your Riesling from your Trebbiano but do you know Tony Conigliaro? Bartender and mixologist extraordinaire, he is the guy behind ‘the bar with no name’ aka 69 Colebrooke Row, Bar Termini in Soho and the neighbouring drinks laboratory, the Drink Factory – he’s basically Willy Wonka of the alcohol world. Tony also consults the bars at The Zetter Townhouse and Granary Square’s Grain Store as well as being the author of Drinks so let’s just say he knows his stuff. And it’s time for you to know his stuff.
Following on from the success of Bar Termini Soho, Tony and his business partner Marco Arrigo are opening Bar Termini Centrale today, over in Marylebone. Building on the same feel of the sister site, the bar will fuse together the finest Italian coffee with hand crafted cocktails to make it an all-day destination – similar to the old-school cafes you find in Italian train stations. Whilst Tony does the drinks, Marco will do the coffee. He’s Head of Quality at Illy coffee so knows his caffeine.
Bar Termini Centrale is slightly larger than the original; 40-covers inside and a further 20 on the terrace outside will welcome guests throughout the day, with a breakfast hatch outside serving takeaway coffee and pastries from 8am so you can ditch the burnt coffee and dry pastries of high street coffee chains and swing by on your way to work. Food will be served from 8.30am right through to 9.30pm – Italian classics like Panzerotti (similar to a calzone) and salads like smoked octopus carpaccio with potatoes and red tropea onion sauce make the menu. Brunch will be served at the weekend.
If it’s a taste of Tony’s handiwork you’re after then you’ll want to try one of his signature bottle-aged Negronis or new creations like the Olive Bellini. Alternatively, stick with the Termini classics and opt for one like the Spritz Termini.
A little bit of Italy in the heart of Marylebone. If we’re not on the alfresco terrace we’ll see you at the breakfast hatch…
Bar Termini Centrale opens today at 31 Duke Street, Marylebone, W1U 1LG
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Written by: Fran Hazell