As you’d have gathered from our London Cocktail Week preview last week, we’ve been pretty excited about the return of the Hendrick’s Horseless Carriage of Curiosities, which has been saddled up for one week only at the disused petrol station on Clerkenwell Road (the same one where the Cineroleum was). Having visited, we’d now be even more keen to rave about it.
We won’t divulge all the secrets in case there’s any awaiting the experience, but to say it’s incredible doesn’t do it justice. Whilst Hendrick’s take good care of the all-important drinks, it’s our favourite madmen Bompas and Parr who are in charge of the food. Poisonous oxalic acid makes its way into the cocktails, and Quail Cottage ‘take-away’, a whole pig’s head and a curry jelly and Peshwari brioche combo grace the dinner table. Victorian porn, high-powered oxygen blasts and some very special marshmallows also feature.
Don’t dismay those of you who weren’t quick enough off the mark to get a space at one of the unsurprisingly sold out dinners this week. Tomorrow brings another opportunity to board the pirated petrol station as it becomes the scene of the Hendrick’s Bartender Croquet Champions Cup. Whilst a host of specially invited bartenders will compete between 1pm and 7pm, we the masses are encouraged to turn up and cheer them on. Whilst tackling a Hendrick’s and tonic or two, obviously.