I’ve just discovered the perfect spot for food and drinks in London over the Summer. Hidden away amongst the streets of London is St Ermins hotel. Walk up the tree-lined drive to the beautiful large ornate entrance with an impressive split staircase, make your way to Caxton Terrace Bar and you’ll find yourself in the South of France. Okay, not maybe not literally but they’re celebrating Provence’s signature drink – rosé wine. Inspired by this, the terrace is now decorated with beautiful planters full of lavender, fruit trees and lovely lush green foliage. It’s a hidden oasis in the heart of London that serves a fabulous selection of drinks and food.
Appropriately named DRINK PINK Provence Rosé on the Terrace St Ermins Hotel you can choose from their tempting selection of chilled roses from Chateau la Gordonne as well as Champagne, frozen cocktails and more.
The setting is lovely, the staff welcomed us warmly on arrival and were very informative when asked about the various menu options. This was just where I wanted to relax and enjoy a lovely Summery afternoon with a friend. The terrace has a great atmosphere and music is played in the background so you can talk amongst yourselves without shouting.
The menu itself isn’t large but it’s clear that the intention is to serve items of good quality. The Provençal dishes are inspired by the seasonal ingredients grown in their kitchen rooftop garden. Opt for light bites to enjoy with your favourite tipple, sharing platters for a full-blown meal finished with a deliciously divine dessert.
Starters / Light Bites
I couldn’t resist the:
New potatoes, green beans, eggs, olives and anchovies with vinaigrette dressing.
This healthy yet delicious salad called to me when I saw it on the menu. It arrived packed to the brim with fresh mixed leaves, perfectly al dente green beans, soft smooth potatoes, and perfectly cooked eggs with runny centres. The salad had been tossed in a very light vinegarette so as not to overpower the dish. Try pairing this with a portion of Panisse and your tipple of choice for tasty light meal.
Chickpea fries with Roquefort cheese dip and herb sea salt.
My friend was keen to try these when our waiter mentioned they were very popular with diners there. The Panisse consisted of chickpea flour, water, cheese which are made into a batter, set, cut and deep fried. Yes, I did my homework. The Panisse were nicely seasoned and had a wonderful crunch to them and a soft smooth creamy centre. You could taste the cheese but it wasn’t overpowering. The dip was also flavourful and went well with these. It was clear to see why these are a favourite dish amongst diners. They’re easy to nibble on whilst enjoying a couple of drinks with friends.
St. Ermin’s Wagyu Burger
Pulled pork, cheese & chips.
This monster of a burger had other diners around us gasping at its size as it was escorted to the table. I hadn’t expected it to be quite so big but it was great. The burger looked as good as it tasted. The tomato and onion were all fresh and accompanied by perfectly crisp green lettuce. The size of the actual burger was large and the meat was good quality and not full of gristle. The pulled pork that topped this was sweet and smokey and mouthwateringly good. I wasn’t sure how to tackle this but after a considerable amount of squishing (note the technical terminology 😄), I managed to get through it, albeit extremely slowly.
Vegetarians, fear not, there is a yummy sounding Spiced Pumpkin burger for you to sink your teeth into.
The gorgeous terrace is the ideal spot for after get-togethers whether they are after work, with friends or family. It’s a lovely relaxed location to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying drinks and snacks. To make this easier they’ve even included two sharing platters included on the menu. A platter to cover most dietary choices.
Savarin aux Fruits
Orange blossom-soaked sponge with orange cream.
The Savarin aux Fruits comes nicely presented. The dish consisted of a lovely light, moist and fluffy sponge. The sponge is topped with the most amazing tasting orange cream which also had a lovely hit of vanilla.
We started with sparkling water so that we could fully enjoy the flavours of the dishes we were to sample. This was followed by a yummy frozen cocktail as it was a warm day. I love fruity drinks and simply had to try the:
Watermelon, Ron Barcelo Rum Blanco, lime, Gomme.
This frozen cocktail was delightfully refreshing, light on the alcohol and easy to drink on a warm Summers day. It worked well as a palate cleanser after the meal preparing the palate for dessert. I could have easily had another if I had gone for evening drinks with friends. It was a superb choice for a warm summers day and I’d highly recommend it!
With great service, delicious food, lovely surroundings there is no question as to whether I would consider returning with friends. I loved everything about the time we spent there even the fact that we didn’t feel rushed helped. It really is the ideal location to spend a relaxed afternoon in the summer in London.
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Find them at:
The Terrace, St. Ermin’s Hotel,
2 Caxton Street,
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I was kindly invited to review the new dishes at St Ermins Terrace in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.