On sunnier days, take your tipple on the canal side terrace. In the winter, cosy up on one of the black leather banquette seats indoors.
Velvet, of course – ciselé, crushed or midnight black.
You’ll find a fusion of traditional English and Mediterranean dishes at the well-loved Village Brasserie, with a focus on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Start with the Burrata Caprese salad with rocket, tomatoes and homemade pesto and follow with the pan-seared duck breast with prune sauce, honey glazed veggies, duck fat potatoes and pistachio whipped feta. There’s plenty of less formal fare, too – share a pizza or cold mezze selection while you're working up an appetite.
Geometric mirrors, gold accents, disco balls and one giant gold bumble bee characterise the hotel’s namesake bar, and the drinks list is just as diverse; the fourteen-page menu spans everything from wine, beer, liquor and coffee (or a combination of the two), but it’s the cocktail list that draws a crowd. Choose from classic, signature, mocktail, or dessert options such as the Velvet Secret (vanilla vodka, coffee rum, espresso and orange bitters) and the Hazelnut Martini (Frangelico, vanilla vodka, double cream and cocoa powder). In the warmer months, opt for a refreshing Blood Orange Fizz (Beefeater orange, limoncello, prosecco, lemonade and angostura bitters) canalside on the terrace.
Village Brasserie’s all-day dining menu begins at 12 noon while the bar shakes and stirs until 11pm (2am Friday to Saturday).
You can order food from the brasserie menu up until 9pm, though the cocktails keep on flowing til 11pm.