The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 14th August 2008

August marks the opening of the Connaught Bar at the newly restored 110-year-old Connaught Hotel in Mayfair. The intimate 54-seat bar, which has its own distinctive entrance on fashionable Mount Street, has been created to offer a perfect blend of the finest cocktail bar traditions of the past, coupled with new ideas and innovations for the future. This has also been reflected in the design by David Collins who has built a reputation for seamlessly interweaving design past into an elegant present.

The Bar menu offers guests access to a handpicked selection of some of the most exclusive vintages and limited edition champagnes, wines, spirits and liqueurs in the world. There are 10 champagnes on offer by the glass chosen to reflect the individuality and subtlety of the hotel, from Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut to Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill to Salon ‘le Mesnil ‘ 1997.

The Connaught Bar’s signature cocktail is The Collins, reflecting the legacy of The Connaught. Identifying a trend away from vodka this gin-based Collins is made to their own recipe.

The Connaught Bar food menu has been created by the Connaught’s Michelin starred chef Helene Darroze who has introduced some of her signature ingredients and flavours from the South West of France.

The existing oak panelling is revived by an exquisite textured wall treatment of shimmery platinum silver leaf overlaid with linen panels of dusty pink , pistachio green and pale lilac to create a 21st century interpretation of an abstract Cubist pattern.

The subtle colour palette of platinum and pastels is grounded by distinctive British racing green and tobacco brown crocodile leather and velvet upholstery. Hand crafted pendant lights with specialist exposed bulbs and crystal details on their lengthy suspensions are scattered throughout the bar.

The Connaught Bar will be open seven days a week from 4pm to 1am.