While I’ve been fortunate enough to try some of the cocktails from Cahoots at London Cocktails Week, I hadn’t actually been to the bar itself. Thankfully we were invited down to review Cahoots’ Squiffy Picnic Afternoon Tea last Saturday.
The Captain has married up two quintessentially British staples – afternoon tea and the humble British picnic, to create his original Squiffy Picnic. It combines the spiffing serving of 40s fodder with tipples and live entertainment.
Sitting down we were treated to a delicious tasting welcome cocktail. If we could have drank this one throughout our time at Cahoots we would have. It was very morish!
Guests receive a hamper full of bread sticks, hummus dip, mixed salad, salmon & cream cheese and ham & mayo sandwiches, sausage rolls and mini steak & ale pies. Then to finish off we get the British classic… the Victoria sponge cake!
The food was lovely, with our favourites definitely being the salmon and cream sandwiches and the sausage rolls. Perfectly crispy puff pastry and crispy fresh bread rolls! What more could you ask for?
The hamper comes with a flask filled with a cocktail of your choice. Choose betweeen the ‘Mornin’ Mr Milkman’ comprising Russian Standard Original vodka, Mozart dark chocolate liqueur, Lucano Anniversario amaro, pineapple syrup and almond milk, The ‘Down the Apples and Pears’, a concoction of Hendrick’s gin, peach liqueur, apple, mulled wine syrup and Fentimans Rose Lemonade or the ‘Bust Your Chops’ which includes Hendrick’s gin, Campari apertif, Essentiae Erba Cedrina liqueur, pink grapefruit and Fentimans Ginger Beer.
Cahoots treated us to bottomless rations during our visit but we found the cocktails a little sweet so didn’t take full advantage of this offer.
During our meal we had Cherry singing live swing music and she had the diners out of their seats dancing and singing. It really was a lot of fun and made us believe we’d escaped modern day London to travel back in time to 1946!