Talisa Dean 01/12/16
NOTE: The Four Sisters Townhouse has now closed.
Time spent trapped in a house with family is rarely fun.
Like Christmas, it often requires copious amounts of alcohol.
Which is exactly where the troop that head up The Four Sisters Townhouse have got it very right.
Hidden among the narrow cobbled streets behind St. Paul’s Cathedral, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, and into the poshest (and potentially most peculiar) family soirée you’re likely ever to attend – antique lights, gilt-framed mirrors and a library stuffed full of classics line the walls, whilst gargoyle heads adorn the ceiling.
Alongside a small seleciton of wines, champagnes and draught beer, there’s a weekly changing, ‘market-to-glass’ cocktail menu. Making the most of seasonal, local produce, you can expect anything from the Absolut-ly, vodka, lime, vanilla, lemongrass and jasmine foam; Beetnick, gin, beetroot infused sherry, Granny Smith apple and cucumber water; Johnny Be Good, gin, lemon, elderflower, Becherovka and rhubarb marmalade; Kentucky Rhapsody, bourbon, lemon, pineapple, pepper and scotch bonnet soda; to the Summer Cup, vodka, lemon, rhubarb and ginger shrub served with basil. All of which will no doubt whet your appetite for –
The main food offering is in the daytime, when you’ll see starters such as homemade Gressingham duck liver parfait with fig and coffee chutney, and grappa raisins and goat’s cheese with oven-roasted red capsicums, baked tomato marjoram and Pernod dressing. Mains include 28-day-aged rump steak and thick, hand-cut chips; slow-roasted Suffolk pork belly with Bramley apple and wild mushroom risotto; and desserts feature the likes of bitter chocolate cake with fresh lemon curd.
Come evening, the focus is on nibbles and sharing plates. The Butcher’s charcuterie platter for instance, provides a selection of cured meats, olives, pickles and watercress, whilst the artisan English cheese board includes fig and coffee chutney, biscuits and pear jelly.
The Four Sisters Townhouse | 5 Groveland Court, London EC4M 9EH
Like quirky drinking lounges? Pay a visit to The Zetter Townhouse
5 Groveland Court, St Paul's, EC4M 9EH
020 7248 5551
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