Press Release Date: 11 Apr, 2012

Réunion Bar invites guests to take a trip down memory lane with 'Ye Olde English Sweet Shoppe' themed cocktails

The Grosvenor Hotel’s stylish Réunion bar has revealed an exclusive limited edition 'Ye Olde English Sweet Shoppe' themed cocktail menu which will be available throughout the month of April.

Inspired by childhood memories of the local corner shop with its bright jingling entrance, huge brass scales, rustling paper bags torn from string and shelves of multi-coloured jars as high as a young eye could see, guests can enjoy delicious childhood favourites such as ‘Pineapple Rock’ - made with pineapple flavoured icecubes and a hint of Seriously Pinky liqueur - which they can enjoy while relaxing in elegant surroundings. Other tipples expected to bring back the memories include ‘Pontefract Cake’ containing a delicious concoction of Dark Crème de Cacao and Absinthe and ‘Pear Drops’ featuring a mix of Wyborowa Pear and Limoncello.

Visitors to London’s new ‘it’ destination bar can also sample ‘Rhubarb & Custard’, an iconic, bicoloured sweetie cocktail with a bottom half containing a rich vanilla custard flavour and a top made with delicious rhubarb compote, Chase Rhubarb liqueur and a splash of Grenadine.

Some of Reunion’s other vintage candy themed cocktails include:

  • The Humbug – Made with White Crème de Menthe, caramel syrup and Teichenne Butterscotch liqueur, The ‘Humbug’ draws its inspiration from the early 19th century striped sweet.
  • Butterscotch – Combines a delicious vatted malt whisky called Monkey Shoulder, along with butterscotch schnapps, reminiscent of the luxurious, gold wrapped sweet from childhood.

Réunion’s Head Barman, Paul Bradley, says: “This is our latest monthly themed cocktail menu, designed to celebrate the rich history and heritage of Réunion and the hotel itself. Having been challenged to write a menu based on an old fashioned sweetshop, our usual high level of research and homework suddenly became much less of a chore, as we set about sourcing a wide variety of traditional treats which we could translate into liquid form. We had lots of fun creating each bespoke cocktail to reflect the carefree days of childhood.”

Click here for a copy of the menu.

Réunion bar, which was designed to reflect the hotel’s colourful past with unique décor and art inspired by the golden age of railway travel, was formerly the VIP lounge for first class rail passengers at Victoria station and was often frequented by famous actors including Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. Platform one, which could be accessed directly from the lounge, was famous for luxurious trains The Orient Express and the Brighton Belle, the latter being depicted in paintings hanging at each end of the room.

For further information or to book a table at Réunion please visit www.reunionlondon.com or contact Bar Manager, Duane Shepherd, on 020 7895 2044 or reunionlondon@guoman.co.uk .

Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 12pm - 2am
Saturday: 3pm - 2am
Sunday: Closed

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Notes to editor

About Guoman Hotels

Guoman Hotel Management Limited operates two hotel brands within the UK market; Guoman Hotels, an exclusive collection of deluxe hotels located in central London and Thistle Hotels, a chain of quality full service hotels in the UK’s major cities.

Guoman Hotels in the UK consists of five landmark properties; Charing Cross, The Cumberland, The Royal Horseguards, The Tower and the newest addition, The Grosvenor in Victoria. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio is different with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest levels of comfort and service to its guests.

Guoman Hotel Management Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GuocoLeisure Ltd, part of the Hong Leong Group which has hospitality and leisure businesses across the globe with hotels in Europe, USA, Australasia and Asia. For further information please visit www.guoman.com.