Restaurant in South Kensington
Blakes Hotel is known to be the world’s first luxury boutique hotel, and the ground floor is home to the gorgeous Blakes Restaurant in South Kensington. It has recently celebrated the arrival of its own bee colony which sits atop the hotel, to bring nature back to London. Alongside this, they have just planted a lavender field too – their bees favourite flower for pollinating. We think this is pretty darn cool, and love a brand which leads the way like this. To launch the lavender field and new terrace, Blakes has teamed up with Monkey 47 to create a new menu, the Blakes Bees x Monkey 47 specials.
The Lavender Terrace is super cute. It’s a secluded spot which doesn’t appear to be overlooked or even noticeable from the street. There are just a handful of tables but also a giant bird cage style area housing a large table for about 10. The bold prints and colours made it a great location for a warm summer evening. The menu is available in the gorgeous terrace – it closes at 8pm but you can continue inside.
From the start the service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Every team member who served us did so with a ‘jolly’ feel, and it felt like they really cared. We managed to fit all three courses in on the terrace, along with paired cocktails and ended our evening inside for coffee. The team went above and beyond to make us welcome.
The Paired Starter
Whilst the normal menu focuses on seasonal, contemporary, Mediterranean cuisine with Asian influence, the Blakes Bees x Monkey 47 menu is a smaller version with just three dishes and three cocktails. All of the food and drinks on the Blakes Bees x Monkey 47 menu are inspired by the newly planted lavender field, and include touches of lavender here and there which are all from the homegrown flower.
The first course is a Beetroot Cured Salmon with Lavender and Dill (£15). With plenty of dill and lavender cream, the salmon was beautifully flavoured. This added a delicious creamy touch, balancing out the fresh chilli. It was a great starter to introduce the flavours, and set us up nicely for the remainder.
This was paired with the 47 Monkeys cocktail (£19) which was a blend of Monkey 47 sloe gin, Monkey 47, Peychaud’s bitters, Perrier Jouët Rosé, lavender foam, strawberry, lime juice, basil. It was sweet and juicy, with a bitter edge. The lavender foam (made with homegrown lavender) was creamy, light and absolutely dreamy atop this. A fantastic cocktail to start!
The Paired Main Course
The main course on the menu is a Honey Glazed Duck (£26), with honey roast carrots and parsnips. The duck itself was succulent and so tasty, with a great depth of flavour. The carrots and parnsips had a great texture and tasted delicious too. The dish also came with a delightful sweet gravy to pour over. It was a fantastic lighter main.
The second cocktail was the Blakes Bees (£17). With Monkey 47, homemade infusion of St Germain and Monkey 47, homemade lavender syrup, St Germain, Crème de violette, lemon juice, it tasted just like parma violets. It was very refreshing and absolutely delicious.
The Paired Dessert
To finish the lavender themed feast was an appropriately flavoured, Lavender panna cotta (£8). It was so creamy with a light lavender flavour. The spongey pieces, biscuit, jelly cubes and fruit alongside was a great accompaniment to this incredible dessert. We had ours topped with a Lavender & Monkey 27 Gin Macaron (£2 each) which had the most perfect texture and softness.
The last cocktail on the menu is the Fields of Provence (£16). Consisting of Monkey 47, Suze bitters, honey water infused with lavender, egg white, lavender honeycomb, lemon juice, it’s a fantastic, smooth one to finish the set and pair with the panna cotta. Sweet, yet not as much lavender flavour as the previous, it’s slightly citrusy and absolutely delicious!
We did venture inside the restaurant to finish our service as the terrace closes at 8pm. The interior is very contemporary and classy with dark colours, light woods and metallics. Inside we enjoyed a beautifully bold cappuccino, and more macarons because we couldn’t resist.
We had such an amazing evening on the Lavender Terrace at Blakes Hotel Restaurant in South Kensington. We love the fact that they have a bee colony and lavender field, and think the celebratory menu (in collaboration with Monkey 47) is divine! The location is super cute and the service was awesome from the whole team. Whilst it is a little on the pricier side of things, it would be perfect for a special occasion or even just for the cocktails!
East London Girl: Blakes Hotel
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