POLO BAR - WESTBURRY HOTEL MAYFAIR - LONDON

June 29, 2015

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

For one of London's most exclusive cocktail lists, look no further than the Polo Bar at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair.  Described as a "shrine to educated drinking" there's little wonder why it has previously been named as London's Bar of the Year.  Some real mastery has gone into devising its exceptional array of unapologetically opulent cocktails which utilise nothing but the finest ingredients.

We started off with some of the latest seasonal additions to its cocktail menu; the Mayfair Gold and the Pomegranate Deluxe.   At a glance it's not hard to see that these gold-infused, gin-based cocktails are an echelon above the norm.  The cocktails are as ascetically tasteful and classy as the Polo Bar itself and what's more, they taste as good as they look.  

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Cocktail : Pomegranate Deluxe 

A well balanced cocktail containing Bombay Sapphire gin shaken with elderflower, lemon and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, topped up with Moët Brut NV.

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Cocktail : Mayfair Gold 

A refined and elegant cocktail containing Tanqueray gin shaken with fresh lychees and elderflower, finished with a splash of Moët  Brut Rosé NV.  A true show-stopping cocktail and my personal favourite.

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Next we ordered a few bits off the bar bites menu which features sushi, sashimi, caviar and much more. 

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Duck Spring Rolls 

Duck spring rolls filled with duck confit and spring onion served with a plum dipping sauce.  They were restaurant quality and very delicious.  

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Panko Crusted Prawns 

Nine incredibly moreish king prawns coated in Panko breadcrumbs served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. 

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Next we tried some of the more zesty cocktails on the Spring cocktail menu: Lemon Tree and Divine.

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Cocktail : Lemon Tree 

A zesty and refined cocktail containing Limoncello shaken with Cariel vanilla vodka, Absinthe, lemon and homemade vanilla syrup.  A delightfully refreshing tipple.

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

Cocktail : Divine

This show-stopping cocktail was infused with saffron which is an earthy spice that's noted for being worth more per ounce than gold.  It also contained Beluga vodka shaken with passion fruit, lime and Galliano.  Both Jack and I were wowed by how perfectly balanced the unique flavours were.  In fact I would return just to have this cocktail again, it's definitely worth ordering.

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Joined by my friend Jack Silver

Gentlemen, I would absolutely recommend The Polo Bar as a perfect date spot if you are looking to impress a special someone, particularly  if that someone happens to be a cocktail lover.  Jack said that he can't wait to bring his girlfriend to the Polo Bar to try the cocktails.    

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel MayfairPolo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair

We finished up with tea.  As a self-confessed Earl Grey addict I'm definitely going to have to find out where they source their tea from because it was one of the nicest blends that I've had in a long time.  

Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
Polo Bar - WestBury Hotel Mayfair
The big red phone box just outside the Polo Bar's Bond Street location.

From the cocktails to the bar bites, everything we had at the Polo Bar was exceptional especially the service which was seamless and discrete.  The UK is a country that is notorious for its lack of customer service, even in some of London's most swanky venues it can be hit and miss, however this is a place where you can rest assured that the service will be bang on the money.  If you're looking to push the boat out a bit then this is a good place to do it because you know you're guaranteed a return on quality.  I would absolutely say that the Polo Bar qualifies as one of London's top cocktail destinations, not to mention one of my new favourites.  

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