Hunter 486 Sorbtails at The Arch

Check out my bar review for Hunter 486, located in the Arch Hotel, Marylebone.

Who could resist a last minute bar jaunt, the night before their birthday? Well certainly not me! And upon hearing about the new ‘sorbtail’ range, I knew I was in for a treat. Hunter 486, is a gorgeously decadent restaurant with a bar, located in the aptly named hotel ‘The Arch’, situated just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Marble Arch.

If you are looking out for what is new on the bar scene, then look no further, this is not just any old London hotel bar and believe me there are a lot of them. The bar hosts an area for everyone; with an open kitchen at one end so those who have ordered nibbles can see their future feast prepared before them, or a more relaxed atmosphere at the other end where guests can lounge on the sofas and get carried away in the relaxing ambience. Small and intimate, with cleverly dimmed lighting this long bar has an incredibly well stocked, erm, bar, showcasing pretty much every alcoholic beverage you could imagine. The star features however, have to be the round booths, intimate enough for two, but cosy enough for a group of five or six too! What’s even better is the pull around curtains to shut onlookers out, should you be feeling a little anti-social that evening!

Now onto the sorbtails, which is why we went to Hunter 486 in the first place. If you are a lover of all things quirky, then these will blow your mind. The world of food and drink is often showing us the latest trend, and my friends, I think the guys over at Hunter 486 could well be on to something here.

Sorbtails, are essentially sorbet cocktails – wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer’s day when you want to quench your thirst and feel invigorated at the same time. Not knowing what to expect, I was more than pleasantly surprised to see that the sorbtails were very easy on the eye, just like a good cocktail should be, and what’s even better is that they surpassed the taste test too!

My worry was that as a sorbet, some of the flavour may be lost to the ice, but somehow the alcoholic flavours of Pimms, gin and tonic and a Bloody Mary were enhanced. If you have a sweet tooth, then the Pimms is for you; it is slightly more refreshing and served much more delicately than your standard jug of Pimms but well worth a try. The Bloody Mary, to my surprise also tasted exactly how the cocktail would, peppery and strong with a good dashing of spice, although unless you are a fan of the drink, it would be quite hard to have a whole sorbtail.

As a hardcore cocktail lover, it’s always exciting to find new offerings and twists on traditional recipes, and although Hunter 486 has an impressive cocktail selection (with even more impressive names: Happy Birthday Mr President being one), the sorbtails are definitely worth a try; if nothing else they will serve to refresh your palate and intrigue your senses!

Published on Blue Tomato Reviews – 21st August 2014

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