OK, let me first start by putting this post into context (plus I couldn’t resist giving you a quick summary of my thoughts!). It used to be the case that you could judge a good cocktail bar on how well they could make a decent mojito. If you spent more than £7, you were looking at a pretty pricey establishment. Well now it’s the case that any half paralytic student can get lucky by throwing enough booze into a glass, adding lime and calling it their own version of a mojito (normally done in some flamboyant and over dramatic way!). Since this development, cocktail bars have gone down two separate paths. This now includes the dirt cheap, drink it because its strong even though it burns option vs. the ‘exclusive’ cocktail experience (normally made exclusive by the price!). That said and done, this blog post will focus on the latter, and without further ado, here it goes …
Our story starts with me, Sarah and Katie (Sarah’s sister) and an unassuming door on Poland Street. We were greeted warmly by the hostess who checked our reservation and then made sure our table was ready. Milk and Honey is a private members bar in Soho that describe themselves as a bar that “remains dedicated to bringing unrivalled drinks, quality and service to a discerning crowd of grown-ups” – so far they have not disappointed! The bar itself was dimly lit and nicely spaced out with plenty of room between tables. There were also sufficient cocktail waiters patrolling to ensure you really felt like you had the whole bar to yourself. So far so good!
We were stylishly served iced water with cucumber (the new London standard!) whilst we looked at the menu and noted the ‘house rules‘ (our favourite being “do not bring anyone unless you would leave that person alone in your home”). First impressions; the cocktail menu was reasonably varied with each cocktail costing between £9 – £10. After sampling a few, we can happily recommend their extra dry Manhattan (the new standard bench mark!) and the Bison Sour (so good that Sarah was hooked on this one all night!). Katie and I jumped around a few different options, but agreed that each drink was distinctive and enjoyable.
If we could sum up the night in three words, we would settle on “Decadent And Stylish”. What really made the night were the staff; they were knowledgeable, attentive and non-intrusive. I would heartily recommend Milk and Honey to anyone who wishes to enjoy a similar night of elegant and classy drinks!
Drinks – 4/5
Service – 4.5/5
Ambience – 5/5
Value – 4/5