This summer you will be able to find a little bit of Provence in Westminster, just a few minutes’ walk from Parliament Square and St. James’s Park – The Terrace at the wonderful St. Ermin’s Hotel in Caxton Street.
The hotel’s terrace, overlooking the hotel’s gardened courtyard, has been transformed into a calm oasis reminiscent of the South of France with the help of lavender plants, citrus trees and bougainvillea – the perfect calm and relaxing retreat from the heat and noise of the city. Partnering up with world-famous Château la Gordonne rosé wine, you can sip Provence’s signature drink paired with delicious Provençal food and pretend you are on a glamorous holiday with the French Riviera just around the corner – for a little while at least.
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Wines are available by the bottle or glass, you can try several of the wines in form of a flight, or, if you like your drinks really cold, like me, have a frozen cocktail, for example the wonderful refreshing Frozé featuring Les Gravieres Rosé, strawberry and lemon which I highly recommend.
The new bar menu features Provençal dishes using fresh ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden and authentic French cooking to complement the rosé wines. Smaller plates include Panisse – moreish chickpea fries with Roquefort cheese dip and herb sea salt and other classics like Pissaladière – black olive and anchovy pizza, Aligot – creamy potatoes with Tomme de Savoie cheese and baguette or Salade Niçoise – new potatoes, green beans, eggs, olives and anchovies with vinaigrette dressing. I loved the sharing plates of seriously wonderful French cured charcuterie and fromage with figs, chutney and baguette and Légumes grilles and garlic bread. The desserts are equally beautiful: Savarin aux fruits – orange blossom-soaked sponge with orange cream or Entremet abricots et amandes – apricot, almond & yoghurt cake with apricot & thyme sorbet.
I could happily spend hours here; chilling, re-charging and enjoying life, food and wine.
Here’s to a lovely long summer filled with sunshiny days and warm evenings!
If you like your rosé paired with music, drop by on the last Thursday of every month, when there will be a DJ playing a live set on The Terrace, between 6 & 9 pm.
The Terrace, St. Ermin’s Hotel, 2 Caxton Street, London, SW1H 0QW Tel: 0800 652 1498
Opens daily from midday until September 2019.
St. Ermin’s Hotel is also home to The Caxton Grill, The Caxton Bar and the Tea Lounge.