On the first proper day of wintry weather in the Midlands, we headed to Sutton for the afternoon. (Yup there was even a bit snow!) A bit far from Worcester, but worth the trek, is Simpsons Bar.
Disclosure – I was invited to Simpsons Bar to check out the gins on offer.
On arrival at Simpsons Bar I instantly felt at home. This cosy little bar in the most beautiful building is a proper hidden gem. (Or maybe less hidden to Sutton regulars). We were seated on a comfy sofa and given an extensive gin menu to choose from. Whilst there were many gins I knew (but probably new to a lot of others) there were a few I had never tried before. Dr W began with a favourite of mine Jinzu Gin served with Pink Lady apple, whereas I went with Monkey47 served with raspberries and mint. Both were served with garnishes I’d never thought of before, but were lovely and refreshing, working really well with both gins.
As we’d missed lunch time a bit because of our train journey, we ordered some food. Simpsons Bar don’t have an extensive menu, but do have some wonderful sharing plates to keep your hunger at bay. We ordered the Antipasti Sharing Board, which came with bread, oil, cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and more. It really hit the spot and worked well with our afternoon of gin consumption.
The gin continued to flow for our afternoon. I went with a gin I’d been meaning to try for a while, Herno Gin. This is from Sweden and I can tell you, it’s very crisp and almost vodka like. It worked really well with the grapefruit and the Indian tonic didn’t mask the very juniper-y gin at all. Whereas Dr W went with a Spanish gin, Larios Gin. Super citrussy, it was like being transported on holiday. With orange as well as Mediterranean tonic, it almost helped you forget that the weather outside was baltic. I would recommend! To see the other gins we tried, check out my Instagram Stories.
Now one thing I do wish I had tried was a cocktail. Simpsons Bar have a very extensive cocktail menu, with you guessed it, has some proper gin classics on it. I watched a Clover Club being made and I do wish I’d ordered one! Also whilst we were there a gin tasting was going on. I discovered that the team at Simpsons Bar regularly run Gin Tasting Events on Thursday evenings and Friday afternoons. You can book in by calling in or dropping them a message. You can also book out the whole bar for an event or work do.
Are you a gin fan like me? Will you be checking out Simpsons Bar? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to Simspons Bar to check out the gins on offer. As ever all photos, words and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Simpsons Bar is located at 7a High St, Sutton Coldfield B72 1XH.