The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

April 19, 2016
Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

TWO LUXURY LOVERS, ONE ALDYWCH

Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where every horror story you've ever heard about London traffic (both the four-wheeled and two-legged variety) crawls past some of the city's most iconic landmarks: whether it's the tired and touristy (London Eye) or the underrated yet quintessentially London (basically every pre-war building with a view of the river). At least the view makes for an interesting distration from the ever-climbing taxi meter, yes? Steadfastly self-employed as I am (read: works from bed, attends Skype meetings wearing crispy linen blouse + sweatpants) you'd have to move heaven and earth to get me to venture out of my pocket of East London and into Covent Garden. F/29/Shore-bitch. Will haul arse for: the opera (or Lion King, depends on how long we've been friends), London Fashion Week, and of course the promise of cracking company (I mean, her surname is Lux. Spirits don't come more kindred than that.) + beautiful beverages + good nosh. Because the best things in life are free. I see your contempt for bloggers and raise you my complimentary cocktail.


Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

If you ever find yourself in the West End seeking a pre-show bite (or a stiff drink for musical un-enthusiasts roped into a night of song and dance) you could do worse than seek out One Aldywch. Ranked among the top 5 hotel bars in the world by The Sunday Telegraph, the hotel's Lobby Bar is a smorgasbord of art and aperitifs, with sculpture by André Wallace and Emily Young jostling for position along their seasonal Spring Aperitivos cocktail collection (available until Friday 1 July). The prime position in the heart of Covent Garden makes One Aldywch the perfect post-work haven to decompress and wait out rush hour in a refined yet social surrounding.

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

REVISITING HAVANA WITH AN OLD CUBAN:
Barcadi 8 with fresh lime juice, fresh mint, sugar syrup & aromatic bitters topped with champagne in a chilled coupette glass.

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.
Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.
Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

LET'S GET STARTED:
Cured Loch Duart salmon with citrus fruit, coriander, & avocado
Terrine of corn fed chicken and young leeks with pickled shimeji

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS:
Beer battered day boat fish with hand-cut chips, crushed peas, & tartare sauce
Loin of rabbit with braised shoulder, wet polenta, & wild garlic




Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

PUDDING IT ON:
Caramelised banana with custard & bitter chocolate sorbet
Valrhona chocolate mousse with cherry sorbet & pistachio meringue


 


            


AN 'INVISIBLE' GLUTEN 
DAIRY-FREE MENU

You'd sooner get me on a Barclays Bike Santander Cycle whatever (yes I can't ride a bike now you know my dark secret) than have me willingly dine on three gluten and dairy-free courses. Somehow, Chef Dominic Teague kicked carbs and banished milk from the menu, yet "no one noticed" says the London Evening Standard by way of praise.

A passion for produce from the British Isles, seasonal local ingredients, the freshest of the morning's catch and expert foraging goes a long way to taking a healthy menu and churning out substantial, hearty dishes. Take it from a professional glutton who barely finished her pudding - you're not going to go hungry nor feel wanting at Indigo. Find this informal and intriguing restaurant at the Mezzanine level, above the Lobby Bar.



Despite being unwittingly lured into eating green - or at least more healthily than I expected (which in hindsight is serendipitous given that I've embarked on a mission to change my diet for the better) - I may have negated any 'inner cleansing' by one: getting terrifically trollied on a grand total of one cocktail and two: undoing any goodness with a toxic amount of catty, cathartic chinwagging with Catherine (ooh, alliteration!) All of it much needed and very much a novelty for me: c'mon, working from home is antisocial - who else am I going to snipe about my job with after hours, my houseplants? Thank you Luxy for the ears, the earful, and the stomachful! Now, back to the office, and by that I mean my bed...

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