We love a Mr Foggs so we’re excited to visit The Hat Tavern and Gin Club. In vein with the rest of their establishments, a theme is predominant throughout and you are escorted back to the days of Victorian England in 1872.
Arriving into the restaurant you will see a gorgeous bar which features display cases showcasing the additions that customers can make to their hats. There’s even a large banquet at the back of the room, ideal for bigger groups. The decor is what makes these venues so popular and we’re here for it.
For a bit of a history lesson, the venue takes over the site of The London Gin Club with Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern takes inspiration from the former life of the building opposite, Henry Heath’s Hat Factory. Established in the 1822, Heath’s hats were known for their ‘quality, excellence of finish and style’, and were a firm favourite of Mr Fogg. The menu at Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern will consist of a large selection of ales on draught and bold, fruity punches, ideal for quenching one’s thirst after a long day.
Downstairs though is where the magic happens in the Gin Club. As guests venture down to the Gin Club below, you’ll be immersed into the world of Henry Heath. It’s romantic and cosy and with a capacity for 40 people, it’s incredibly intimate.
We loved the light nibbles available but it’s the cocktails which make Mr Foggs 9 establishments so popular. Our favourite was a Take a Bath which is served in a miniature bathtub.
Instagrammable for sure, this cocktail featuring
Bombay Sapphire gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Nonsuch Pineapple and ginger shrub, pear purée, fresh lemon juice, topped with soft lavender air is absolutely delicious.
My second cocktail was the Red Velvet and it was divine but I’m going back for the Clover Lady as a clover club is a favourite cocktail of mine.
We absolutely loved our time at Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern and Gin club. It’s a great space for drinks with friends, a date or after work drinks. We’re also excited to see what Mr Fogg’s Hat Tavern and Gin Club as there’s talk of a Gin Experience, whereby cocktail fans can learn about the history of the juniper-spirit, botanicals used and how to create your own gin. We can’t wait!
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Written by Tegan LeBon
photos by Johnny Stephens.