Need a strong drink to get you through the winter? Try the Cocktail Trading Company, who are bringing their quirky trademark cocktails and down-to-earth atmosphere to Smithfields following the success of their original Soho venue. Situated in the heart of Farringdon this basement bar is the second instalment from award winning bartenders, Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball.
As with its sister venue, The Cocktail Trading Company Smithfield serves up a menu of wonderfully entertaining, exciting and expertly created cocktails. They have become known for their experimental cocktails with edible garnishes and rather creative drinking vessels.
What cocktails should you order? Well to witness the full theatrics I would definitely recommend Citizen Cane. Served in what looks like a snow globe, this cocktail is described as light, zesty and evocative. And that it is: cachaca, cardamon-vanilla infusion and lime juice are to name but a few of the ingredients. If you like a large pickle and chip sticks on the side of your cocktail then the Snapper’s Delight is for you. Served in a ketchup bottle this bourbon and chilli, pepper and peach jam cocktail will definitely leave you wanting to order another.
Have a favourite tipple? Definitely ask the bartenders if they can whip it up for you – they know their stuff here. I hear that if you challenge the bartenders by offering valuables and knickknacks you may be able to exchange them for cocktails. Definitely worth a shot!
Little tip: when looking at the address don’t get confused like I did – you do not need to ask for a mysterious woman named Janice inside. No no, it’s actually inside all-day restaurant and bar, Ask for Janice, which looks on to Smithfield Market. Walk through the restaurant and down the stairs into an intimate den, where you can escape the dreary British weather with a cocktail or three.
The Cocktail Trading Company Smithfields is open Mondays – Saturdays between 4pm – 12am.
Where: 50-52 Long Ln,London, EC1A 9EJ