There are not many places that you can be supping a top-quality cocktail and bump into an England rugby star passing through these days but Pennyhill Park’s The Ascot Bar is one of them, as the team are based at the hotel. Sparkling cocktails include the Alice in Wonderland (blackberries, passion fruit, mint, Velvet Falernum, Bloomsbury Brut) and the French 75 (Tanqueray, lemon juice, sugar, Taittinger Brut).
“Curious libations with added botanicals...” The Botanist is a secret garden that has bloomed and bloomed across the country, including a spot in Farnham. You can even order a ‘watering can’ for sharing when visiting with friends.
A steak restaurant that specialises in cocktails? Sounds good to us. While the beef brings the brawn, there’s plenty of finesse to their Champagne selections – and they don’t shy away from throwing a little fizz into the mix of their cocktails either.
The furnishings at Caballo Lounge are as bright as the ingredients in their drinks. This is a place to sit back, relax and sup with friends – fittingly for such a sit down and enjoy place, it used to be a furniture shop. Drinks include Raspberry/Peach Fizz, Winterberry Gin Sling and the Cherry Bakewell.
A great one for live music here. They also take their ingredients seriously enough to introduce coffee from the local roastery, Redber, into the mix. Not a coffee fan? How does a Hemmingway Special (Havana 3, Maraschino, pink grapefruit and lemon) sound?
As its name would suggest, taking centre stage here is a spectacular sweeping 120ft marble top bar. Their cocktail list doesn’t quite give the bar a run for its money in length, but it’s extensive nevertheless. Why not try the Angels Share (Bacardi Carta Oro Rum, Apricot liqueur mixed with kumquats, lime leaves,lemongrass and ginger syru)?
Long a celeb haunt in a town used to famous faces, sit back and enjoy an Espresso Martini or Weybridge Iced Tea (5 white spirits shaken together with lemon juice and topped with Perrier Jouet), while listening to live music or the latest resident DJ.
An intimate table service bar, found off the beaten track down Brewers Lane near Richmond Green, So Bar certainly keeps the drinkers talking. Their Dark & Stormy and Kentucky Mule are particularly special, while a bowl of Jamaican John Thirsty should keep you and a few friends busy.
A country pub that takes its drink offering very, very seriously, the list of gins here is long enough to open a shop with. Cocktails like Purple Haze (Silent Pool, passionfruit, peach and lemon) mean there are adventurous flavours to explore.