- The Distillery -
Today’s local discovery is from our own community. Ethical Collection is based in Notting Hill and proud to be part of a neighbourhood that continuously breeds a stronger sense of belonging. Our offices are on Portobello Road and we are enthusiastic to show our support to local brands and crafts.
We wish a very warm welcome to Portobello’s latest addition, a place of character:
(Mesmerising Mixology - GinTonica)Since last December, 186 Portobello Road is home to a unique multi-bar, gin-themed hotel. It was founded by the gin-passionate founders of the delectable Portobello Gin.
Our high gin-aficionadas expectations met nothing but carefully curated spirits and meticulously crafted cocktails that were just as beautiful as the place’s atmosphere.
The theme revolves around gin but is not exhaustive;
The Distillery’s achievement is to have soundly appropriated gin’s charming aesthetics
to seduce all your senses with excellent spirits and cuisine.
We started our journey in the Resting Room, a timeless bar serving fine spirits aged in hand-built barrels. After scouring the drink menu, we settled on the East-India Gimlet. Its recipe, on loan from Dishoom, was wonderfully executed by the venue’s mixologist using Portobello Road gin. After a sole drink in only one of the rooms, we already knew we would come back.
We were even more excited to discover Spanish-inspired kitchen & bar GinTonica. Together, Spain and Britain account for over half of Europe’s gin sales and both know how to exalt their gin’s best qualities. GinTonica offers a wide selection of the world’s best gins. We tasted a range of G&T variations served in -beloved- balloon glasses. Originating from Spain, the unmissable glass delivers more aroma to the nose and enhances each gin’s botanicals and unique character. It will keep your G&T so fresh that it’s always quite a surprise when the sipping ends.
(Our Zhara Necklace and a Tasty Nordig G&T)
Luckily, the Ginsitute was right on time for the rescue. We are always curious about products’ stories and were delighted to hear all about gin’s, from its cousin Genever’s birth to its golden era, without forgetting about Hogarth’s Gin Lane.
And our curiosity did not stop there! We continued by taking a sneak peek at the intimate but professional Board Room on the building’s third floor. That is how we met the building’s manager. He was kind, helpful and more than happy to tell us more about the building’s fascinating story which started with the newly built Coleville Estate as early as 1867. After this lovely encounter, we headed back to Resting Room – just to make sure the cocktails were still delicious.
(To happy after-work drinks, shared moments and our new neighbours.)
Drink ethical. Shop responsibly.