May 07 2010
Gillian de Bono
I’ve enjoyed pre-dinner drinks at Claridge’s Bar on numerous occasions, but only last weekend did I discover The Fumoir bar tucked behind a discreet glass door off the right-hand side of the lobby. Originally designed as a cigar bar, and featuring 1930s and contemporary Lalique decorative flourishes and a plush aubergine colour scheme, its old fashioned-glamour is heightened by the fact that it seats just 12. Now I’ve located this secretive and intimate bar, it will be my preferred choice for drinks à deux.
I chose the Raspberry Bellini (£15), a wonderfully refreshing concoction of champagne, raspberry liqueur and raspberry purée served in an elegant Lalique flute. My partner rarely likes his champagne “adulterated” but even he remarked that he would order this next time. To complement the extensive drinks and 1930s-inspired cocktail menu there’s a small but irresistible selection of canapés.