When: From 29th October 2018
Where: Mrs Fogg’s, 37 Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
£: Cocktails from £10 and small dishes from 3.50
What is it?
This autumn, take a journey on a steamer, pedal a cocktail rickshaw and help to distill gin, as Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club and Distillery sails into The City.
The new London venue is inspired by Aouda, who is explorer Phileas Fogg’s wife in the classic adventure novel Around The World in 80 Days. Mrs Fogg’s will serve up inventive cocktails and innovative dishes, with a nod to Aouda’s heritage and her nautical travels.
The bar, complete with its own gin distillery and steamer ship, is located in Broadgate Circle and spans two floors. Mrs Fogg’s will take guests on a fantastical journey aboard the Rangoon Steamer, which the adventurous Aouda has travelled back to England on, bringing with her exotic flavours, ingredients and relics to add to her Maritime Club’s collection of curiosities.
Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club will offer guests the sights and sounds of a faraway port, from the moment they enter. On the ground floor, a large central bar surrounded by lush foliage, large wooden fans and antique nautical items, provides a focal point from where the bar team serve up Indian-spiced cocktails.
Downstairs, guests will discover the engine room; a secret space filled with all sorts of cargo, crates and stowaways, perfect for spirited evenings of live entertainment. Taking centre stage is a custom-designed Rickshaw, courtesy of Monkey Shoulder, for cocktail-enthusiasts to pedal and shake their way to cocktail bliss and create their own signature concoctions.
Also tucked away below deck is Mrs Fogg’s fully working gin distillery, modelled on the underground Victorian distilleries of the period. As part of the regular masterclasses, groups will be able to help produce the in-house gin, which can also be taken home as a souvenir.
The menu at Mrs Fogg’s will evoke Aouda’s memories of home, with all the flavours and fragrances of the Asian continent. Her household staff, clad immaculately in authentic yet contemporary naval attire, will offer a cocktail menu that will ignite curiosity, shake the senses and warm the soul. Lush libations include Ta-Ta’s Margarita, a twist on a classic, with turmeric-infused Cabrito Blanco tequila, Rinomato Americano Blanco, chilli-infused honey, lime, and starfruit and grapefruit tonic.
Open from 11am until late, Mrs Fogg’s serves up small plates inspired by the cuisine of the subcontinent. Guests can tuck into everything from Keralan Fried Chicken and Mini Mango Salads, to Sweet Potato Pani Puri and Jackfruit Biryani, presented in traditional Indian tiffin boxes.
On Saturday afternoons, guests can book a Tiffin Tea experience comprised of sweet and savoury bites served in Dabbawala tins, along with live entertainment and eclectic cocktails. An outdoor terrace with aged canvas umbrellas, warm wooden furniture and exotic plants provides a verdant oasis in the middle of bustling Broadgate.
More info: www.mr-foggs.com/mrs-foggs-maritime-club