Henry’s Cocktail Mixing Event:
The two Henry’s Wine Bars (one in Green Park, the other Covent Garden) are fixed in my heart – regular haunts for me and a group of friends, we’d often meet up in one or other of the bars with grand plans to paint the town red. And, generally after a glass of wine or three we’d order sharing platters of food. The impetus to move on would gradually slip away and we’d end up staying for the night. Henry’s was good value, friendly, comfortable and lively. A no-hassle place to meet up with friends. I’m still in touch with many of those friends, though some have moved further out from London and we don’t meet up often. When I was asked to review the cocktail mixing event and new food offering, I thought it was the ideal opportunity for a little reunion.
Thus it was that five friends, a little older though no wiser, ended up at Henry’s in Covent Garden drinking prosecco and chatting as if only a week had passed.
Of course, cocktail making sessions are always better once you’ve had at least one drink.
Our excellent mixologist soon got us lined up to make a classic mojito. I think we were all quite amazed at how easy it was – we didn’t even have to shake the cocktail!
Our next cocktail was a Cosmo.
I’ve never even tried a Cosmo before and I was pleasantly surprised – at this. The ingredients are 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice, 1 oz Cranberry juice, 1/2 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec, 1 1/2 oz Vodka Citron.
And, this one DID need to be shaken – it’s one of those little challenges that has always foiled me – the top part of the shaker gets stuck and no matter what I do I can’t remove it. This time, thanks to some careful coaching – and getting the angle of the shaker right – I managed to separate the two parts. I didn’t do so well at scorching the orange peel garnish. But there was help in hand…
Next, we had a jager bomb. I’m obvious sadly out of date, I’d never even seen one of these and I have to admit, I really didn’t like it. But that’s probably no bad thing.
What impressed us most was that the cocktail mixing class was not in the least bit boring or slow and it didn’t stop us all having a good gossip and chatting a lot. And, at £25 for a cocktail mixing event and buffet or £35 for the same private cocktail mixing class as a Christmas special including a three course Christmas dinner, I think it would make the perfect night out for the office or just for a group of friends like us. The minimum group size if you are thinking of booking is 6 people.
We went on to enjoy a meal in the dining room. sharing platters of Chinese food and then our own orders for main courses. It was the sort of straightforward, good quality food that makes it easy to chat, to relax and to have fun. The menu is varied, with good options whether you are looking for vegetarian, pescatarian or carnivorous options, with various international cuisines and with some bar classics including burgers, steaks and more.
I ordered the healthy ‘topless burger’ but then cheated a bit by asking for a portion of fries.
The chicken ramen looked like a delicious and substantial option at £10.49 for a portion
The weakest of the dishes was the seafood grill, which suffered from some of the fish being rather overcooked. But it was a substantial plate of food at £13.99, something of a Covent Garden bargain.
We’d spent so much time eating, making cocktails and catching up that we really didn’t have time to stay for dessert. And, none of us actually needed any more to eat after the starters and main courses.
Was I impressed? Yes.
The food scene in London has moved on a lot since the days when we first used to meet at Henry’s. And, what they have done, I think rather cleverly, is updated their offering without trying to change their positioning. If I had something of a groundhog day and could have stopped time, I would have carried on meeting at Henry’s. More than that, if I still worked in an office environment and was looking for somewhere for a relaxed group night out, I’d really recommend the cocktail mixing event for a fun way to break the ice, have fun and not blow your bank balance.
To book or find out more check out the Henry’s Cafe Bar Website