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FOOD & DRINK
S
o many bars try desperately
to capture the design zeitgeist
and succeed only in getting it
very wrong. An apparent penchant for
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen-type styling
Drinks @ The Westroom
favouring the use of giant neon flock on
everything (merging contemporary bright
words Carine Seitz · photos Susie Lowe
colours with classical design – WOW!
Innovative!), the obligatory ‘feature wall’,
and chandelier lighting (usually black
glass) has rendered the interior of many
of the city’s hotspots virtually identical in
their nausea-inducing blingy blahness. To
make matters worse, there’s a brigade of
people who insist on emulating this look
in their homes, changing ‘accent colours’
with the seasons and swelling with pride
when told their bedroom resembles a
hotel or their dining room a style-bar….
I digress. The point of all of this is to say
that one bar which has got it absolutely
right is The Westroom. This new venture
from the team behind Sygn and Monteiths
is situated in the premises of the old Halo
on Melville Place. A massively over-sized
lightshade is covered with William Morris
print, the walls are painted a quietly
stylish duck-egg blue and beech tables
and white chairs complete the look. This
interior has been carefully put together
by someone with an eye for tasteful
design. No expense has been spared,
with the details suggesting quality over
scrimping. Frankly, I’d be happy if my
dining room resembled this.
We kicked off our Sunday in style with
expertly-made cocktails, opting for a
Lowland Fig Sours, a delicious blend
of Auchentoshan 3 Wood Malt with
Crème De Fig and lemon juice, and
the unbelievably-pretty-in-its-simplicity
Santiago Daiquiri, made with Havana
3 Rum, lemon juice and pomegranate
syrup and served in a Champagne
coup, garnished with a maraschino
cherry – adorable.
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