Wednesday 9 September 2015

Event: Pure Gin'ious at the Jekyll and Hyde presented by Brumderland

The Jekyll and Hyde is one of Birmingham's gems, a Victorian themed pub downstairs with an even more wonderous Gin Parlour upstairs. Mysterious.

Whilst downstairs at The Jekyll and Hyde is inspired by Mr Hyde, upstairs is Dr Jekyll's gin parlour.

Head up the stairs for a carcophony of collections and wonderous artefacts in the Gin Parlour.

And why have I been to the Gin Parlour lately? For Gin Tasting.

Vicky from Brumderland and the team at Bitters n Twisted, the guys behind some of Birmingham's most loved venues such as The Victoria, Island and Rose Villa Tavern are hosting a series of events themed around the seven deadly sins, and this sin right here was Greed.

With over 90 different types of gin, a gin inspired menu and gin flights on offer, I was lucky enough to try out the gins, experience a Gin masterclass and also dine on gin infused fare.

First off, we sat down to share Madam Genever's Bathwater. A pretty drink served in a very Victorian mini bath, this is one way to get to know your neighbours! No glasses allowed, we dipped our mini trunkards into the bathwater and supped away.

Onto the food, we were treated to dishes from the Gin and Food menu, namely the Red Snapper (£14.50) and Wild Mushroom Risotto (£11.50). Not your thing? Don't worry, the menu changes every month in keeping with what's seasonal.

Pan fried Red Snapper with Moroccan and Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous

Wild Mushroom Risotto- Creamy Wild Mushroom and White Wine Risotto, topped with Stuffed Artichoke Crusted Mushroom

As you can see, the presentation of these dishes was fantastic. From ribbons of carrot and cabbage to shavings of parmesan, the presentation and overall balance of each dish was grown up and precise.

The fun didn't stop there!

We also got to experience a full on whirlwind lesson in gin presented by Simon attired in waistcoat and mad hatters hat.

I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for any of you who are already booked onto a class, but it started off at Genever, a precursor to gin and went right through the history of gin in England, how it was made and even included some fun tales!

We also tried the Tom Collins (pictured), a gin and lemon mixture from the 1800's as well as the Gimlet, a drink created for the Navy and made with Lime Cordial and gin. 

There was even a chance to win prizes along the way in the pop quiz! Needless to say, my knowledge is below par so I think I should get back down for a masterclass soon!

The Gin Infused menu is served upstairs in the Gin Parlour from Thursday-Saturday 5.30-9.30pm. Further details on the masterclasses and dining upstairs are available here.

*I was invited to dine as a guest of The Jekyll & Hyde in exchange for an honest review

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