23 April 2014

Cartizze Bar


It was Good Friday evening and by all accounts, London was pretty dead. I think everyone headed out of town for the long weekend to visit relatives or bask in the sunshine somewhere warmer. Either way, Ellie and I weren't going to let that affect our night out. We headed to the cobbled streets of Lancashire Court in Mayfair to visit a luxurious new cocktail bar.

Cartizze is easy to miss. Unlike its sister over the street, Mews of Mayfair, it's not all open entrances and outside seating. The windows are reflective so you can see out but can't see in and the doors are kept closed. Of course it's all intentional; the owners want Cartizze to be a relaxed and intimate retreat from the bustling streets outside.


Inside the decor is fabulous. Soft lilac and blue leather stools are combined with elegant gold and marbled tables. There's a cosy Marquina fireplace in the back lounge which is burning in all weathers. Ellie and I couldn't get over how stunning the crystal glasses, decanters and even the water jugs were. We commented upon them and were informed how these 1920's to 1950's antiques were sourced from vintage markets across London and Italy.


As we cast our eyes over the menu, we nibbled on some truffle infused salted peanuts. It was clear that nothing here was going to be ordinary!

The cocktail list was created by super-mixologist Richard Woods and uses Italian influences to create some delicate and delicious combinations such as the signature Olive Oil Gin Fizz (gin, lemon, lemon sugar, olive oil, egg white and prosecco), Rhubarb (rhubarb liqueur, fresh rhubarb and prosecco) and Amor Y Amargo (Amaretto, Cynar, apricot liqueur, lemon, egg white, vanilla sugar and prosecco). It was very apparent how much love goes into their making. They looked beautiful and tasted wonderful.


You may have noticed those sliders above left. They were the hand dived Orkey Isles scallops with smoked pancetta in brioche buns served on a hot rock. And they were amazing. My first experience of a scallop burger, I must admit!


We also had the yummy San Daniele ham wrapped figs coated with truffle honey and roquette. 


The menu includes a small, hand-selected choice of wines and champagnes, plenty of whiskies, gin, brandy, rum and - incredibly - privately sourced spirits dating back to the 1800's! I bet that's cheap!

You can easily whittle away a few hours in this bar then wonder where they went, just like we did! We had a lovely experience here and it's the perfect place for world class drinks and a catch up with friends or colleagues. There aren't too many bars in Mayfair where you can relax in a stylish atmosphere and actually hear yourself speak!

I must also mention the superbly friendly and informative service we received from everyone working there. Cartizze is a real gem that I probably should have tried to keep to myself...but it's just too great not to share! 


If you fancy heading down, email tables@cartizzebar.com in advance to reserve a table. They only allow around 60 people in at a time to keep it intimate so if you have a booking you won't be disappointed :)

Cartizze Bar
4 Lancashire Court
New Bond Street
Mayfair
London W1S 1EY

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13 comments:

  1. You look lovely. It is nice to get away from the hustle and bustle sometimes but I do love a good people-watch! Love the scallop burgers, they seem to be all the rage at the moment!

    Katie <3

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    1. Thanks hun. I have to admit, the older I get the more I appreciate these more relaxed places! Still all the glamour but less of the noise!

      Oh really? I hadn't experienced a scallop burger before, I have been missing out for sure! :)

      xx

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  2. Aw I love that last photo with the guy shaking his cocktails in the background! I'm actually serving a very similar sounding raspberry cocktail at the my pop up restaurant this weekend, hope it goes down as well as yours did!!

    Rosie xx

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    1. Considering the love you put into your foodie creations, I'm certain it will be amazing! xx

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    2. Thanks!! I actually meant rhubarb not raspberry!!haha!

      Rosie xx

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  3. that hot rock thing looks cool.. such a swanky venue, way out of my price range i'm sure
    http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I was one of the out of towners :) The decor is beautiful - always a sucker for an interior. I quite like the fact they keep the numbers low - it makes it more special!

    Sophie x

    www yourgirlislovely.com

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  5. Love Lanashire Court, its almost like being outside of London, its so quiet and pretty! Great to see there's a new addition to the court, I'll definitely be trying it!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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  6. This looks divine! You always find such wonderful places in the city xo

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  7. Love the look of this place, especially with the scallop burgers. I tried one of them at the Botanist a while ago and it was amazing so will have to try out these ones too. Thanks for the tip x

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  8. I love scallops and pancetta but must admit I have never considered mixing them or having as a burger. They look yummy. Looks like a great bank holiday of foodie fun Lucy

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  9. First of all, I love the fact that you can't see into the restaurant. (Means you can watch the world go by and not get embarrassed when you get caught staring!)
    Scallop burgers sound utterly divine. How have I never heard of these before?!
    The food is making me unbelievably hungry!
    Mega yummmm!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

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    1. I hadn't heard of them either so you're not alone there! They were bloomin' scrummy though, I know that much!
      Cx

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