Normally I tend only to drink cocktails when I am on holiday abroad. So that means a Tequila Sunrise sat on a beach with the waves lapping against my toes. Or a Vodka Martini in a swish bar in an American city hotel.
In the UK I only partake occasionally preferring to stick to a glass of good red wine. I’ve had great Martinis at Langan’s Brasserie in London, and good Margaritas at Tiger Lily in Edinburgh. But wine usually wins.
But there is a special place where it has to be cocktails all the way. A quiet town in the Midlands might not immediately spring to mind as a holiday destination, but if you want a fantastic cocktail, served by knowledgeable and extremely personable staff no London establishment can hold a torch to, The Kenilworth, in Kenilworth, just a few miles from BHX airport, should race to the top of your wish list.
This superb boutique hotel with it’s fine luxury rooms attracts people from all over the country, if not the world, to sample its delights. It’s so popular you have to book a table in the bar on a weekend evening, but the booking is worth it because you will want to stay all night long. And work your way through the extensive cocktail menu.
After an evening tasting Mojitos, Martinis, Slings and Slammers, retire to your luxury room and relax. Every detail is taken care of. Great furnishings, a wall sized flat screen HD TV and modern art. There are no coffee making facilities in the rooms. If you want a coffee phone down and they’ll bring one freshly brewed to your door.
But as nice a touch as this is, you don’t really go to The Kenilworth for the coffee. You go for the atmosphere, the professionalism of the staff, the friendship of the owners, and the magic of their Mojitos.