There’s a distinct ‘alpine ski-lodge’ feel to this place, with a warm cosy-ness and the selection of refreshing cocktails on offer here make you feel like you could be an extra in a bond movie. ‘Ski-Breeze’ is a beaut with Absolut Kurant, apple and ginger ale. ‘Sea-Breeze’ with Finlandia Vodka, grapefruit and cranberry is energising and zingy, perfect ‘after work/tough week’ drink. Grab a comfy chair and enjoy.
Monk is a long established cocktail bar with it’s impressive and imaginative menu to say the least. Equally, the staff are on hand to give you the low down on what’s what and happy to spend time exacting your cocktail and tinkering it to your very needs. ‘Amelie’, with vodka, absinthe, rose, lemon and egg white is not for the faint hearted, whilst the ‘Diane’ with Gin, lavender, blueberry and Vermouth is sweet and refreshing and a tad tamer and also quite moorish. The cocktail menu is huge, with these latest offerings ‘inspired by The Little Black Book – Stories of my ex-wives’ (located on the bar, humourously written by the owner Mani) Make of that what you will!
As well as its authentic French cuisine, the ‘French Bar/Jack’s Bar’, as the bar area to the restaurant is sometimes termed, also offers a yummy selection of cocktails at pretty reasonable prices. The cocktails change periodically to keep things interesting but the menu always has the French classic’s such as Kir Royal and Kir Breton with its Creme de Cassis. We had a ‘Rhubard and custard’ when we visited, made with Rhubarb liqueur, vodka and lime juice and it was just delicious and so light tasting.
Not only can you enjoy one the best Thai green curries your likely to eat in a while, there’s a great cocktail menu as a perfect accompaniment. Here you have the ‘Margarita’, ‘Cosmopolitan’ and ‘Pina Colada’ – so 80’s but so classic and fun to drink. And then there’s the exotic with the ‘Singapore Sling’ with gin, cherry brandy and grenadine. ‘Buxton Calling’, part of the Champagne cocktail menu, with vodka, tequila, blue curacao, brandy & champagne – its heavy duty but boy its good. If your not drinking, try the ‘Mocktail’ menu, with lots of concoctions – ‘Mango Dream’ is a favourite of ours.