Easter weekend is usually a quiet affair in the sixdegreesofharmony house, but this year we had plans; a meal out with friends, a family day, an evening of cocktails and a day at the football.
STOP! Back up! Cocktails? Mr and Mrs sixdegreesofharmony having a proper grown up, night out? Yes, you heard it here first!
The Townhouse 1776, situated on the rows on Watergate Street, opened up about 10 months ago (having previously been an underground nightclub). It has a sophisticated yet relaxed feel with subtle lighting and super comfortable seating. The decor is lovely and a lot of time has clearly been spent exposing original features previously covered up.
Easter Sunday saw the launch of the ‘Chester Mule’ and we were eager to sample it. Whereas the Moscow Mule has a vodka base, the Chester Mule is a local gin, infused with ginger and a secret blend of herbs. A generous scoop of crushed ice went into a Kilner jar, followed by the gin, topped with sliced fresh ginger and a sprig of mint. It tasted amazing – it’s so light and refreshing and the herbs give a wonderful perfumed taste. And it looks spectacular too!
The menu is definitely worth perusing too! There are many, many shots and cocktails – and the staff have incredible palates and are well travelled, collecting ideas from around the world. They are genius at what they do! And really friendly too.
We tried a Mad-Dog which was vodka, Tabasco and strawberry syrup. I was very nervous about it but it was explained that the Tabasco neutralises the harsh taste of the vodka whilst the strawberry syrup neutralised the Tabasco. And do you out know what? It did exactly that! Next we sampled a ‘Jammy Doughnut’ which tasted EXACTLY like jam doughnuts.
Being a complete girl, I love chocolate so when I was asked what I liked, I thought that I would be throwing the staff a curve ball. Chocolate cocktail? Oh yes! Nutella martini was everything a girl could want – Nutella, Absolut vanilla vodka, Frangelico, chocolate liqueur, Nutella syrup with cream. Heavenly!
Next we tried a Cupcake Martini (vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberries, vanilla syrup and pineapple foam). Mr sixdegreesofharmony LOVED this as it tasted like ‘Fab’ lollies. And I was particularly taken with From Poland With Love which took me back to my childhood – cherry vodka, crème de mure, garnished with crushed Love Hearts.
Heston Blumenthal has nothing on these guys. When they tell you something is going to taste a certain way, it does! We ended our evening with an utterly dreamy strawberry drink that wasn’t on the menu – it was so refreshing and summery. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t find out the name.
We had a truly fantastic evening and we will definitely be making return trips to The Townhouse 1776 – I recommend you all visit too and sample the extensive list delights they have to offer.
*DISCLAIMER* Mr sixdegreesofharmony and I would like to say a massive thank you to the staff for their exceptional hospitality, but all words are my own