Admittedly apart from last winter when I was pregnant, I don’t remember the last time I had a dry January. Detox is just something I’ve not had the discipline to do, except for when I’ve been expertly guided. For example, when I stayed at Park Hotel Igls which was amazing.

January is tough enough without having to sacrifice one of the greatest pleasures known to the universe, unless of course you’re in sunny climes – when a margarita on the beach becomes compulsory.

But saying that, like most folks in January I’m on a mission to fill my body with as much goodness as possible. Call it post-festive indulgence, post-pregnancy or generally project get-fitty. Whatever the reason, I was very excited to go along to The Botanist to review their latest range of cocktails.

Imagine freshly made fruit and vegetable juices involving ingredients that take you by surprise. Add a dash of Kamm & Sons ginseng sipirit, which is believed to boost energy, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels as well as promote relaxation  – all served in one of Chelsea’s favourite cocktail bars. What do you get?

You get …

Beetroot Mary, which involves freshly juiced beetroot with raspberries, coriander, lemon juice, Kamm & Sons and pepper.

The Botanist - Beetroot Mary

At first I was dubious about this cocktail. I wasn’t sure how the earthiness of the beetroot would work with raspberries as well as lemon juice. But this cocktail completely works. It was a great revelation. There is a balance between the sweetness of the fruit and the savoury of the vegetable whilst at the same time it was really refreshing and very easy to knock back.

Next on the list is the Canary Mary, which includes yellow tomato juice, lemon juice, fresh grated horseradish, Kamm & Sons and green Tabasco.

The Botanist - Canary Mary

If you are a fan of the Bloody Mary, you will love this and then some. This cocktail’s depth of flavour is something to savour. Definitely one to take your time over.

The Green Twist, which includes juiced spinach, spirulina, Kamm & Sons and celery, feels and tastes like a health juice. It is the epitome of the guilt-free cocktail and if you love green juices, this is one to try.

The Botanist

The Root Remedy cocktail has fresh carrot and orange juices mixed with ginger and Kamm & Sons. This is another refreshing cocktail with the ginger providing the right edge to it.

The Botanist

And finally there is the Double Apple Mint, which includes pulped pineapple & apple juices with Kamm & Sons and fresh mint. I loved the deep mint flavour of this cocktail with the taste of pineapple mixed in. I’m a huge pineapple and mint fan so I really loved that this was the last cocktail to try on the list.

The Botanist

During the cocktail tasting, I couldn’t resist ordering the soft-shell crab burger which I absolutely love …

The Botanist

… whilst the OH ordered a burger from the bar snacks menu, which he also enjoyed.

The Botanist

True, burgers are probably not top of the January foodie-list but when you’ve been sipping all types of juices it almost feels like you’ve earned the right to bite into burger. You know?

Each of the cocktails is £8.50 and will be available at The Botanist throughout January so if you’re looking for a guilt-free cocktail, I recommend you try one.

Disclaimer: The food and cocktails were complimentary which didn’t affect my opinion. As the OH says, the cocktails were outstanding. It’s clear that The Botanist team worked hard to get the balance of flavours right. They’ve really hit the mark with the healthy cocktail.

The Botanist • No.7 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE

3 Cromwell Road opened its South Kensington doors last week. Located opposite my favourite building, the Natural History Museum, this gorgeous Georgian building has been a bar hangout of various styles over the years and I have just learned that even Jimi Hendrix once played a live performance here.

Comprising of three floors which include a first floor restaurant – The Drawing Room; a ground floor cocktail bar – The Back Room; and a downstairs club – The Basement, 3 Cromwell Road can fit about 300 people in total.

The team behind 3 Cromwell Road includes co-owner Howard Spooner, who also co-owns Dukebox and was the principle shareholder at Public. He also owned well-known Chelsea nightspots The Leopard Lounge, Embargo and Crazy Larry’s.

The Drawing Room is open daily for dinner and drinks from 6pm to 1am, as well as weekend lunches from midday. The Back Room is open daily until 3am, and The Basement is open Thursday to Saturday until 3am.

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the launch party last week but I did request a few photos of the venue to give both myself and my readers an idea of what to expect from the venue. As for the cocktail menu, I’m very intrigued to find out what the staff at 3 Cromwell Road are serving up. If you’ve already had a look and a taste, do let me know in the comment box below what you discovered. It’ll be a short while before I can indulge in my love for cocktails again. Seriously counting down. 😉

But in the meantime, do you want to take a look inside 3 Cromwell Road? Here you go …

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road

3 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2HR, 020 3397 7838.

If you’re looking for somewhere new to try for brunch, have you dropped by Honky Tonk yet? I finally got round to trying it over the weekend, despite it being a stone’s throw away and I think it’s worth checking out.

Honky TonkLocated on Hollywood Road, this New-York-styled bar and restaurant is quite a refreshing addition to the Chelsea scene. The restaurant’s design has created a nostalgic feel that takes us back to the 50s. And depending on which wall you are facing, you could be forgiven for feeling as if you were supposed to be dining in a large record-playing booth.

Honky Tonk

Honky TonkI managed to snap these photos when a few tables were cleared within minutes of each other, so the place wasn’t as empty whilst we were eating.

For our brunch, the bf and I both decided to go for a Full House breakfast which included bubble and squeak; tomatoes; a portobello mushroom; smokey barbecued baked beans; toasted brioche; and eggs. I had my eggs poached but I didn’t have my toast, which I donated to the bf’s plate instead.

What I loved about this brunch was that it wasn’t greasy at all. I love a good fry-up but most times I tend to enjoy them at home, replacing baked beans and toast with asparagus and slices of potatoes.

But Honky Tonk’s Full House breakfast won me over. The baked beans were a delightful surprise (because I love that BBQ flavour) and the bubble and squeak was light to eat.

Honky Tonk brunchTo accompany our food, the bf had a caramel milkshake which he was impressed by whilst I had a freshly squeezed orange juice.

Honky Tonk

Honky TonkAnd whilst I had a delicious time here, I’m now curious to see what the evening ambiance has to offer. Honky Tonk has an impressive-looking cocktails menu and the American food menu looks good too. So making sure that we were definitely coming back, I booked a table for in a couple of weeks time as we were leaving. Admittedly I am quietly excited that this new Chelsea hangout is practically on my doorstep and I’d love to see the bar come to life!

Honky Tonk BarI’ll let you know how it goes!

 

I am so excited about writing this post – one just for the ladies! If you fancy feeling spoiled for an afternoon and spending quality time with your girlfriends, then you must read on.

Bar Galante Sunday Sanctuary with Bliss SpaThe venue is Bar Galante, which some of you may know is one of my favourite bars in Chelsea and this free women-only event includes treatments from Bliss Spa, who are normally located across the road. You can see their front door from the bar if you sit by one of the windows.

When you arrive, you receive a pair of slippers which you can wear in the bar (a lot of girls did) as well as a goodie bag with Bliss products.

Bilss Spa Goodie BagDuring the afternoon, the Bliss staff are on hand to provide massages and manicures with Essie polish.

Bliss Spa Massage at Bar Galante

Bliss Spa Manicure This is the colour I picked.

Bliss Spa ManicureAnd as well as these spa treatments, there are screens placed around the bar with films playing …

Bar Galante - TV Screen… which you can listen to with the headphones provided. They showed Friends With Benefits and a Ryan Reynolds movie (sorry, I’m not sure what it’s called). In other words, a chick flick and eye candy were provided. 😉

Bar Galante Sunday SanctuaryWhen you arrive at the bar, you also receive a free champagne cocktail. And thereafter, there is a special Sunday Sanctuary cocktail menu which you can order from. The cocktails include Classic Bellini; Breakfast Martini; and Bloody Mary Martini (£10-£12), as well as non-alcoholic cocktails such as Strawberry & Basil Lemonade; Green Martini and Berry Blast (£4.25). I also saw groups of friends order bottles of wine between them. And if you’re feeling peckish, there is also a bar snack menu to order food from.

Bar Galante - CocktailsSome ladies were sitting around and chatting whilst others sat back and watched the movies. Others were enjoying their spa treatments, either listening to the music playing in the bar or whilst watching a film with their headphones on. The whole atmosphere was very chilled and indulgent. In other words it really was the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in February.

If you’re interested in booking a table for you and your girlfriends, all you have to do is email RSVP@BARGALANTE.COM. There are two time slots: 1pm and 3pm and like I said, this is a free event. So I just have to ask, what’s stopping you? 😉

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