The temporary closure and £1 million refurb of Cinnamon Club was definitely worth it – the top-end Indian restaurant has returned with nothing less than a trolley with gin.
When we look back, it's just what the luxurious former library always needed. The new drinks list leans heavily towards juniper, with over 20 gins to choose from. The Gin Trolley Experience, as it's called, has a few options, starting with the extravagant Botanical Martini, combing Monkey 47, Belsazar vermouth and tea bitters, wheeled over and made at your table for £20. Similarly, there's a Twisted Tea cocktail with Tanqueray No. Ten, or a sharing drink called the Garden Soiree. The latter employs Ophir gin, combined with Aperol, cranberry juice, lemon juice, rose-water, beetroot essence and lavender bitters.
For those really wanting to push the Cinnamon Club boat out, for up to six people (and £400), there's the Gold Rush. As a base it has the very excellent Star of Bombay, to which is added Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, gin barrel-aged orange bitters, Krug Grand Cuvée champagne and some edible gold leaf.
The food's not forgotten, of course, and some of it follows the lead of the gin trolley menu, with the introduction of some celebratory sharing platters.