Boisdale of Bishopsgate has discovered that the beautiful vaulted cellars in Swedeland Court in which it operates were built in the mid-seventeenth century possibly before the great fire of London in 1666 making it the oldest London building with restaurant premises.
The unexpected discovery spurred general manager Ines Jankowska and head mixologist Anna Zacharewicz to look into the types of drinks customers would have enjoyed prior and around 1731 when James Ashley, a 33-year-old “wholesale dealer in cheese,” abandoned his line of work to open The London Punch-House on the north side of Ludgate Hill and promptly became the first British celebrity mixologist.
It quickly became apparent that gin was the go-to spirit of the time usually mixed with sugar, nutmeg and the juice or rinds of citrus and served in a form of punch or shrub.
The research resulted in new delightful and delicious additions to the Boisdale cocktail list — Gin Crusta, London Milk Punch, Marylebone Old Fashioned and City of London Distillery Gin & Double Dutch tonic — all of which can be sampled until Monday 16th September 2019 (Monday to Friday 6pm – 8pm) at heavily discounted price by quoting: “Is this the oldest restaurant in London?”
THREE COCKTAILS (or G&Ts) FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
T&Cs. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Three cocktails for the price of one. The offer cannot be claimed twice in one day and is subject to availability. Cocktails: Gin Crusta (£12), London Milk Punch (£12), Marylebone Old Fashioned (£13) and City of London Distillery Gin & Double Dutch (£11.90) until Monday 16th September (Monday to Friday 6pm – 8pm).