14 September 2014

When Only Bar Snacks Will Do

It's 6pm. You had a big lunch earlier on and you just can't muster the appetite for a full meal before you head out on the town. It's Saturday night and it could be a big one. You really should get a bit of food inside you to line the stomach.

This is where bar snacks are the answer!

I was meeting Edita for a drink before we went onwards to a birthday celebration. Next to Trafalgar Square, almost hidden away under an arch, you can find The Strand Dining Rooms. It's a relaxed space of grand elegance, whisking you away from the hustle and bustle of the streets outside. I'd been recommended the cocktails and the bar snacks - small dishes that included scones (winning!), Welsh rarebit and black pudding. Well, it makes a change from the usual nachos and guacamole!

We perched at the bar in front of the seemingly endless row of spices and cocktail making condiments. I decided to begin my evening with a Rhubarb Mezcal Margarita. I do love a margarita. The obligatory salt round the rim of the glass was rhubarb sherbet salt; a nice touch, I thought.

Edita's choice was the refreshing Strawberry Cobbler with rum, Aperol, English strawberry puree, turbinado sugar syrup and Proscecco.

The bar snacks were very good indeed. I liked that the menu deviated away from the norm. We enjoyed the cheese and chive scones with smoked fish, bacon scones with smoked cream cheese (they like it smoked here), triple cooked chips, a pork croquette and I couldn't not try those spice black pudding balls. 

It was the perfect amount of food to set us up nicely for our night ahead. Also, it's great to catch up with a friend in a quieter more chilled out atmosphere like the Strand Dining Rooms before you hit the louder bars. 

Do you think pigs blood as a cocktail accompaniment could catch on?


  1. I think these are the most tasty bar snacks I've ever seen! Plus those cocktails look delicious too.

    Em | Hmm maybe...

    1. They weren't bad, I must say! Certainly did the job! Cx

  2. Ooft. It looks so nice in there. The cocktails look divine and the snacks sound like they were delicious!
    Think I may have to treat myself and a friend to a little cocktail date here soon!

    Peach Pow XO

    1. Why not indeed! Great for pre-theatre too Cx

  3. love those style of glasses :) www.thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Ah thoses scones look absolutely delicious!

  5. After my experience at afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason's I'm very much in favour of savoury scones and these look great!!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  6. These do look scrummy - and a perfect size!

  7. I love that they served them on a cake stand - how cute! Those scones sound amazing, I don't think I've ever had them savoury!

    Christy x
    another weekend without make-up

  8. Bar snacks and margaritas are my favourite things!


  9. I want one of those little smoked salmon scones. Mega yummmmmm! (Have to say that your pixie cut is looking lovely too!)
    Emily xx
    My GingerBread Journey

  10. This all looks so tasty and I totally agree with the light meal before going out. This is perfect and the salt on the glass is super pretty!

    Katie <3

  11. The cocktails look sensational, perfect combi with those tasty looking bar snacks.

  12. You always go to the most amazing places!!! Part of me is jealous I don't live near London to try all these places out, but another part is glad because I couldn't resist and I'd never have a night in ever again!!!!x



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