Posh cocktails in Alderley Edge
What can I say?
Our #MCRCocktailGirl Keeley is a thirsty girl in this hot weather – and nothing but fine cocktails will do!
She’s promised to save some for us!
On route she’s issuing the bars of Greater Manchester a challenge!
To create a cocktail which embodies Manchester woman in a glass.
It’s that simple!
Address: The Bubble Room, 47 London Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7JT
Visited: 12.00pm Friday 12th July 2013
Bar description and ambiance
The Bubble Room is located on Alderley Edge’s main street. We visited on a beautiful sunny day and the terrace area was bustling with village locals enjoying their leafy surroundings.
The bar itself has recently undergone a major refurbishment to extend the seating as well as extend the bar to the full length of The Bubble Room.
The décor is elegant but rustic with exposed brickwork and comfy armchairs to people watch. There is even a monkey painted on the wall. See if you can find it!
As well as a decent cocktail menu you will find an impressive food menu with offers throughout the week such as steak night Monday and champagne Friday where you can get a bottle of house champagne for £20.00.
Perfect start to the weekend!
Tom has been with the Bubble Room for 18 months. Prior to this he worked at a Sandals resort in St Lucia and has also worked for the Hilton.
He has injected some real creativity into the bar designing the cocktail menu himself – which can also be seen in their Bramhall bar.
Prior to Tom getting his hands on the menu there were standard glasses. However today you’ll find lots of different styles of martini glasses, jars and some really impressive ‘tiki’ style glasses.
He loves working at The Bubble Room because of the amazing family feel – the owner is always in giving a helping hand and providing guidance.
The cocktail menu at Bubble Room isn’t just a list of cocktails, there’s an explanation for them all!
Even the popular Vesper will tell you about James Bond and why this is a famous cocktail.
The ‘Luini’s Amore Sour’ description is my personal favourite:
“In 1525 artist Bernardino Luini found inspiration in an innkeeper who became his model and lover. Out of gratitude and affection, the women wished to give him a gift. She steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented the resulting concoction to a touched Luini. We know it today as amaretto”.
Tom’s signature cocktail also has a story behind it.
The bar ran a charity event for Cancer Research where they served lots of cocktails with a ‘pink’ theme. The favourite on the night was the ‘baby pink martini’ so this is now on the cocktail menu with 50p from each one sold going to charity.
It’s, obviously, baby pink in colour with a wonderful fruitiness but also a lovely floral flavour coming from the rose petal vodka and elderflower. A delicate flavour but wonderfully rounded.
Recipe: Rose petal vodka, elderflower liquor, sugar, pomegranate and pineapple juices.
Manchester Women in a glass cocktail challenge
Tom’s Manchester woman cocktail was inspired by Annie Walker, the first landlady at the Rovers Return! She was volatile and feisty, like many a Manchester woman…!
Wild hibiscus syrup is mixed with elderflower liquor and champagne with a dash of sugar.
Because it was so hot on the day we visited, Tom blended the cocktail with ice to make a delicious frozen version of the drink. Wonderfully sweet the champagne gives this drink a posh ‘edge’ (sorry… Alderley ‘Edge’, get it?) with more floral notes for an elegant twist.
Tom describes his cocktail as beautiful, intriguing and unique, that when drank fast, can give a banging headache.
Sounds like most Manchester women to us!
The Bubble Room, 47 London Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7JT
Tel: 01625 583 399
Keeley x (#MCRCocktailGirl)
Photographs: Mike Warren, Jenny McAvoy
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