With Spring in full swing and Summer just around the corner, The Alice House in picturesque West Hampstead offers a relaxed and intimate setting perfect for trying out their new Spring Cocktail Menu, which has also launched at their Queens Park locale. With a relaxing yet luxurious feel, the Alice House features minimal decoration with exposed brick walls & floorboards, mismatched vintage furniture, chalkboard menus and the ever-popular exposed filament lightbulbs.
It has a great bar area centred in the middle of the restaurant, with the spirits and liqueurs acting as a centrepiece on an illuminated island bar of boozy-goodness. This place is bursting at the seams with popularity, yet still feels spacious and chilled. A huge & trendily-styled patio area surrounded by lush blooming plant life positioned on the street-front makes for a great spot to grab some drinks and watch North-London pass you by as you sip on a cocktail.
A lot of thought has gone into the new cocktail menu; it’s not over-the-top in terms of selection which means that the ones they do serve are done right. The staff are pleasant & knowledgeable and were really helpful with recommendations. The spring theme is noticeably present with many of the creations revolving around the light, fruity notes of apple, pear, lemon, grapefruit and blood orange. Some highlights from the menu include the Pear & Tarragon Bellini (prosecco, lemon, tarragon cordial, and pear), the Hip Lady (beefeater gin, dandelion infused syrup, peach liqueur, lemon, bitters, and egg white), The Duke (Absolut vodka, apple, cinnamon, lemon, almond syrup, and fennel seeds) and the Somerset Fizz (Somerset 5 years old cider brandy, masala chai syrup, lemon, cider).
I’m not usually a big fan of prosecco, but the Alice House have me converted with the Pear & Tarragon Bellini – it’s tangy & refreshing and I could easily have sipped on those all evening as I sat with the sun on my face chatting with friends. The favourite would have to have been the Duke, with the fennel seeds lending a welcoming anise flavour to the other sweet and sour components of the drink, and the almond syrup warming and nutty on the palate. The presentation of the cocktails is delicate and artistic, but the drinks themselves pack a nice punch. They all tend to lean toward the sweeter side of the flavour spectrum, but that ties in with the spring theme nicely and for those who aren’t there for a sugar hit, they’ll still whip up the classics for you & they have a great range of craft beers too.
The cocktails range between £7.00 and £9.00 and the Alice House are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late Thursday to Saturday. I really enjoyed the vibe of The Alice House and I recommend it for those looking for a nice place to enjoy a drink over spring.
Tel: 020 7431 8818
283 – 285 West End Lane
020 7624 0008
53 – 55 Salusbury
Lucy grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Melbourne in 2010, and moved to London in 2015. When she’s not busy travelling, she indulges in her other favourite pastime: exploring this amazing city, one restaurant or bar at a time. Always keen to hunt out delicious cuisine at a good price, unique hidden gems and of course, a touch of decadence for those days when you just gotta treat yo’self. Weaknesses include, but are not limited to: Pinot Noir, dark chocolate, IPA & blue cheese.