The Bar and Terrace at Belgraves
Bar in London
Cocktail Bar and Cigar Terrace
If you are looking for a cosy bar tucked away in Knightsbridge away from it all, then may I suggest The Bar and Terrace at Belgraves.
During a recent stay at the rather chic Belgraves, I met a friend in the mezzanine bar that overlooks the front entrance of the hotel and enjoyed a few glasses of wine and their very good bar menu well into the late evening.
What I particularly like about the bar is the different seating areas depending on what mood you are in and who you are meeting. For example there are comfy sofas and coffee tables in the centre and to the side, ideal for a small group of three or four or two wonderful leather egg-style chairs if there are just two of you. For a more intimate get together you may prefer the Snug tucked away in a discreet corner of the bar with its soft cashmere sofa.
For those of you who like to enjoy a cigar or would rather not have to step out into the cold evening air on the street for a smoke, the bar also has an adjoining terrace with a surrounding green flower wall and a well-curated humidor stocked with some of the finest Cuban cigars. The perfect place to enjoy a relaxing cocktail in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
What I also like about the bar and the hotel in general, is how unpretentious it is. The bar team are delightfully friendly and helpful and the prices are not ridiculously exorbitant as in some 5-star hotels in London. For example wine by the glass starts at £6.25 for a good quality wine whilst a bottle costs from £25. And if you are not quite sure, they will even let you have a taste before making your final decision.
For my part I started the evening with a lovely oaked 2013 Journey’s End Single Vineyard Chardonnay at £11 a glass, from Stellenbosch in South Africa, a region well known for its excellent wines. I then moved on to a fabulously smooth 2012 Rioja Alavesa, Bhilar Plots at £9 a glass. All the wines on the wine list (13 white and 13 red) are all available by the glass and bottle and I spotted wines from France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. They do have a wider wine selection for the restaurant should none of these take your fancy, but I would say there is pretty much something for everyone.
The bar menu is not overbearing and ranges from small bar bites to something a little more substantial. I chose a very tasty Venison Cottage Pie which arrived in small copper pots, whilst my friend had a delicious looking Roasted Free Range Chicken. Other choices included Cod & Chip Sliders, chicken as well as beef burgers, a Belgraves take on the Club Sandwich and a lighter and more healthy Grilled Chicken Wrap.
If you still have some room afterwards, there is a very tempting dessert menu offering Doughnut Balls and a Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, however we decided to share an excellent Artisan Cheeseboard with a selection of 3 cheeses, sweet apple chutney and walnut bread.
So if you are looking for something a little more intimate with a cosy atmosphere in the Knightsbridge/Sloane Square area, then look no further than The Bar and Terrace at Belgraves.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground
Photographs courtesy of Belgraves and Simon Burrell
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Ambience||Incredible Staff, Hidden Gem, Cosy, Trendy|
|Clientele||Locals, hotel guests and those in the know.|
Warm and cosy clubby atmosphere that is not at all loud and brash, with a contemporary and stylish décor and bookshelves stocked with books.
Gin cocktails start from £13; Vodkas and Tequila cocktails are from £14 and Whisky and Cognac cocktails from £16. Wine by the glass from £6.50, by the bottle from £25. Bar bites from £5.50, mains from £10.50. Desserts start from £5, the Artisan Cheeseboard is £12.50.
Last updated on 20-03-2015