There are a few places in London that I will always call home. Come sun rain or snow, there are a number of locations in the capital that I will always rely on to provide me with a good atmosphere, good food and good drink. Nestled just off Tottenham Court Road, Dalloway Terrace has always been one of my favourite spots and, with the interior changing every single season, there are plenty of reasons to keep coming back.
As we are now deep into October, it should come as no surprise that the terrace is now in full Autumnal swing. Swathes of orange and red adorn the walls and the ceilings, and you literally feel like you are stepping into an enchanted forest as you take your seat at a cosy candlelit table. We were lucky enough to be hosted at Dalloway Terrace for a late lunch, right before we headed downstairs to the incredible Bloomsbury Club Bar for a couple of late-night cocktails at the launch of a new menu.
Ordering off the menu, I went for the Fragrant Thai Rolls with a Ginger and Sesame Dipping Sauce while Katie went for Scallop Sashimi. The rolls were certainly very fresh, although my tastebuds couldn’t quite deal with the level of pickled ginger and onion in them. Just a slight word of caution; you may need a decent serving of the accompanying sauce. Katie, as ever, was more than happy with her choice in scallops. For mains, I went a bit more traditional; the Rack of Lamb with Charred Squash, Peas and Salsa Verde which hit all the right notes. The lamb was succulent and, with a side of mash and spinach, it was a hearty dish worthy of the occasion. Katie chose the Whole Dover Sole, which smelt absolutely incredible.
Although we had a bottle of very good Provence Rosé to share, we still had an appetite for a few more cocktails downstairs in the Bloomsbury Club Bar. Their newly launched menu of fourteen cocktails is inspired by a special deck of Tarot cards that correspond to fourteen states of mind or being. Every mood has an accompanying cocktail, and the there are plenty of styles and flavours to choose from. The menu can be found here, but my absolute favourite was the Black Narcissist cocktail; The combination of the rum and the passionfruit liqueur providing a beautifully light and sweet cocktail. For something a little punchier, the Siren Call is served short and strong; the cocoa and red plum extract giving the bourbon that extra little spark .
Whether you’re after al fresco dining or some very cosy cocktails, the Bloomsbury Hotel has you covered. I’ll always love a lunch at Dalloway Terrace, but the Bloomsbury Club Bar now has fourteen more very good reasons to head downstairs.