The Bellevue Hotel on Hargrave Street in Paddington has long been a favourite with locals. Now thanks to a renovation, the hotel has been given a fresh lease of life and a whisky bar. Interiors firm Curious and The Specimen
have helped renovate the second storey to include a compact restaurant, sun deck, and two private feeling rooms.
The re-design references traditional Scottish and English interiors with beautifullly restored wrought-iron fireplaces, Chesterfileds lining
the walls and bold tartan carpet lining the floor. The colours palette
is pulled direct from English Hunting Lodges and details include both
stately and homely objects.
Dan Woolley, one of the country’s leading Whisky gurus, has take the initiative of extending the Scottish theme with Bellevue’s new Whiskey Workshops. Each month there will be a different Whiskey Ambassador on site holding a master class for paying guests. Whiskey masters will provide guests with a detailed education about their particular portfolio of Whiskies and help students to explore new flavour profiles, distillery methods and regions of Scotland.
The first Whisky Workshop will be hosted by UK-born man-about-town Robb Sloan. Sloan is a passionate advocate of whiskey and Reserve Brand Ambassador for Diageo’s Classic Malts. The whiskey’s he will taste on Wednesday 26th October include Glenkinchie, Dalwhynie, Cragganmore, Oban, Talisker and Lagavulin. A consumer focused extension of Diageo’s Alchemy Training Program, Sloan says the Whiskey Workshops aim to de-mystify whiskey and reposition it for the every day drinker.
“I think whiskey has recently re-entered public consciousness, through TV’s show like Madmen. There was once a perception that whiskey was a grandpa’s drink or that there were all these rules associated with drinking whiskey. Now whiskey is back in the realm of good taste
Right now for the modern gentleman it’s all about the details. Perfectly cut hair, solid shoes and drinking better, but less,” says Sloan
To find out more about the Bellevue’s function rooms and Whiskey Workshops click here.
Curious and The Specimen