I have walked past the duck egg blue doorway to the Zetter Townhouse cocktail lounge a number of times without realising that this gorgeous entryway in St John's Square, next door to The Modern Pantry, was a venue open to the public.
I met a few friends for drinks there on a sunny Saturday afternoon and was very pleasantly surprised. At first glance, the decor is what you would expect of a reasonably upmarket English cocktail bar, but the closer you look, the more you start to notice that things are not quite what they seem.
This is definitely a setting appropriate for cocktails. The cocktail menu was created by mixologist Tony Conigliaro, who is renowned for his molecular approach. The cocktails on offer feel very classic, but with particular ingredients that set them apart. According to the lounge's website, they are inspired by old recipes and herbal remedies, which tie in the apothecary-style bar behind which they are made.
I had the Fig French 75 and loved it, but I would definitely go back for the Milk Collins or Somerset Sour. The Zetter Townhouse also has a regular bar menu, created by Bruno Loubet, of the neighbouring Bistrot, to compliment the cocktails and a brunch menu (although the latter is fairly basic, and I would think you'd be better off going to The Modern Pantry in the same square). We ordered the cheese board and some fried chilli corn and they did not disappoint (but, come on, you're never going to disappoint me when there's a cheese board involved).
Overall, a very nice afternoon.
Ratings: (numbers out of 10, £ out of 4)
Overall experience: 8