Recently we popped by Smith & Whistle, the new Mayfair local at The Park Lane Hotel to check out their brings craft beers, food and cocktails.
Smith & Whistle provides friendly flare with a nod to the style and history of its home and its Mayfair surroundings. Serving craft beers and dishes from locally sourced ingredients, Smith & Whistle is an ideal place for an after-dinner drink or weekend catch-up with friends.
The bar’s name takes inspiration from the fictional story of Detective Inspector Smith and his pursuit of legendary high-class criminal Mr. Whistle. Set in and around 1920’s Mayfair, the story sees Smith & Whistle embark on a game of cat and mouse as they try to outsmart each other. In between adventures, the two find common ground at the hotel bar on Park Lane.
It is the building’s classic 1920’s hertiage that has inspired the bar’s interiors, with bold geometric shapes, rich colours and ornate finishes that reflect the revolutionary style of the era.
Smith & Whistle’s menu is inspired by the history and vibrancy of its Mayfair surroundings with dishes such pulled duck and black pudding, devilled whitebait, potted South Devon crab, and raspberry and vanilla trifle. The dishes are designed to be shared and several are served in jar form, perfect as a starter or shared dish for two whilst three or four make a generous main course.
Whether guests favour an ale or Whisky like Smith or a trademark cocktail like Whistle, the extensive drinks menu at Smith & Whistle caters for all tastes. The carefully curated beer selection includes Curious Brew and Curious IPA on draught as well as bottled beers such as Schiehallion, West’s St. Mungo, Innis & Gunn and Ola Dubh 12, reflecting some of the best British produce available.
Smith & Whislte’s mixologists combine traditional ingredients with more unusual accompaniments to create cocktails that tickle the tastebuds. Highlights include Mayfair Mystery (Absolut Vodka, Jaegermeister, Elderflower Cordial, Fresh Lime Juice, Szechuan Pepper Honey, and chilli) and Bee’s Knees (Olmeca Reposado, Plum Wine, Regan’s Orange Bitters, and Pork Crackling Syrup).
Smith & Whistle is open seven days a week from 16.30 – 00.30. Food is served from 16.30 – 22.00
Smith & Whistle (The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, W1J 7BX)