St. Ermin’s Hotel
2 Caxton Street
Tel: 020 7227 7777
Summer is with us, well almost and The Caxton Terrace has opened for cocktails and some really excellent food. Sylvan Cheveraeu the new chef has set the benchmark high with some super cocktails in the ‘Drink Me’ range. Served in an Alice and Wonderland style bottle they serve two and are priced at £16. There is an air of sophistication about being on the terrace, which sits above the main entrance overlooking the courtyard garden. This hidden gem is really a great place to meet up or indeed watch Wimbledon. They will have a large screen on during all the action. So if you can’t make it down to SW19 then head for St. James.
While you sip your drinks order one of the food ‘boxes’ on offer. A really neat bento style box, enough for a few to share they come in a variety of styles: Middle East (Spice), Mediterranean favourites (Caxton), European charcuterie (Meat), Sea which has the most delectable smoked salmon, lobster club sandwiches, peeled king prawns and a toasted rye bread. These start at £15 and are great for sharing and nibbling. After all the savoury options there comes an excellent ‘Sweet’ box brimming with summer fruits, strawberries in many guises including dipped in milk chocolate then drizzled in white chocolate and served with a velvety crème Chantilly, £15. This is such a step up from ‘bar snacks’ it feels like a light lunch from The Caxton Grill, which indeed it is just in more summery surroundings.
So after all this unpredictable weather what could be better than hooking up with some friends or take the family (they have non-alcoholic cocktails for little ones as well). Relax and release you inner Gatsby, it’s open all day until 9pm so it really is the perfect respite from that journey down to Southfields tube station.