Reform Social & Grill @ The Mandeville Hotel, bar review.

With Decor inspired by old British gentlemen’s clubs, this it does subtly but well with leather banquettes and traditional colours. The bar is large, grand and impressive, what you would hope to see in an upmarket hotel bar. Seating wasn’t great, a choice of slouchy sofas or deep curved back chairs made having an upright conversation quite difficult. A separate dining area looked much more appealing, and the grill menu tempting, but on this occasion I was here for drinks only.

It was a sunny day on my visit, 6pm after work drinks, and so I was slightly disappointed that the bar and seating area itself was very dark, I felt drunk and sleepy before I’d even ordered a drink.

For what the space and atmosphere lacks some-what though, it makes up for with it’s staff & cocktails.

Staff were welcoming and well informed, all eager to show off their cocktail making skills, insisting that if there was something we wanted that wasn’t on the menu, they would make it up for us. An experimental cocktail list including ingredients like violet liqueur, marmalade vodka and lavender made choosing difficult.

A small plate of canapés were tasty and pleasing, but did little to soak up the alcohol.

Vintage afternoon tea, DJs and martini masterclasses show that Reform really is trying to bring in new custom, but on my visit it was filled with the usual suspects that occupy hotel bars.

Would I recommend the Reform Bar? Well, it’s a welcome after-work pit-stop for tired London feet, with the largest wine list I’ve ever seen, just be sure to leave before the DJ starts!

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