Despite living in London, a buzzing cosmopolitan city with a million and one things to do and places to see, I have never quite managed to do everything. I have a ‘list’ which comprises restaurants to dine at, bars to sip cocktails, activities to do both indoor and outdoor and interesting exhibitions and festivals worth a visit. As a budding freelancer and blogger, I am constantly searching for new places to go and combined with a friend’s list, we have enough to conquer for the next few years to come. Having already reviewed the delicious childhood favourite cocktails at Foundation Bar, another place in particular I have always wanted to try is The Alchemist: For Cocktails in the City.
The Alchemist is a real gem in the heart of the city which first opened in Manchester Spinningfields. With an eclectic menu and unique and exotic cocktails, the theme of the restaurant is alchemy, with a vintage-modern take on the bar with a restaurant to dine at.
It was my sister’s 19th birthday on Saturday and I had booked to go for lunch at The Alchemist in Liverpool Street. With the Gherkin in full view, it was a wonderful way to begin the day. Most famous for its cocktails, I was super excited to see what The Alchemist had in store. The restaurant itself was open planned, with large seating areas, dimmed lighting and fairy lights which draped over the windows creating a romantic aura.
I treated myself to the Passion fruit Meringue Martini, £7.50 which contained Passoa, lychee liqueur, lemon juice and lime topped with meringue foam and flamed. For those with a sweet tooth but require only the natural sweetness passion fruit offers, then this was a top choice. My sister opted for something entirely different and chose the White Chocolate and Raspberry Martini. An alternative twist on the classic shaken or stirred drink, this cocktail had raspberry vodka, raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice and was topped with a white chocolate foam that was devoured immediately!
Next was to decide what to eat off the extensive menu! Between us, we had chosen potato skins with a tomato salsa sauce with a sour cream dip for starters, vegetable fajitas, salmon satay and for dessert cinnamon waffles, salted caramel cheesecake and an indulgent death by chocolate fudge cake!
What I loved most about The Alchemist:
It was extremely reasonably priced with cocktails ranging from £7.50. Food was extremely well presented, decent portion sizes and the service was impeccable. It was nothing short than spectacular and though a little far into the city, I would highly recommend to go, whether it be for a romantic date, birthday dinner or a cocktail master class, The Alchemist is a great spot for cocktail enthusiasts.