Take a peek inside the world's first gin and tea bar - right here in Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 13:56 07 November 2018
Cheltenham’s newest bar and restaurant opened its doors on 2 November to an exclusive guest list for canapés, gin and light entertainment from local historian Arthur Collins
The owners of East India Cafe, the award-winning Anglo-Indian restaurant also nestled on the promenade in Cheltenham, are the masterminds behind the world’s first gin and tea bar which offers 55 gins sourced from all over the world. The menu also includes ‘Afternoon Chai’ with Anglo Indian inspired snacks, and a number of plates designed to complement gin and tea. The design for the bar’s interior is inspired by the British Raj period, and more specifically the home of memsahibs – upper-class women renowned as exquisite hosts who opened their homes to friends and family, delivering exceptional hospitality, while also championing the causes of women’s rights and female empowerment.
Litu Mohiuddin, who is co-owner of East India Cafe and the new Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar, said: “What can I say, that was one amazing launch party! The months of hard work have finally paid off and we are so proud to have officially opened our gin and tea bar. After the incredible reaction from our guests on Friday, we are thrilled to now be sharing our excellent food and creative drinks with everyone.”
Bernard Fisher, Councillor and Mayor of Cheltenham, said: “Cheltenham has a great night-time economy so I’m sure the Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar will be really successful. The stylish residents of the town are in for a treat! I look forward to coming back to sample more of the gins, try out some teas and enjoy more of the delicious food on offer.”
Following the successful unveiling on Friday, the Memsahib opened its doors to the public on a first come, first serve basis on Saturday, 3 November.
Litu concluded “We’re already seeing our reservations list fill up and are looking forward to welcoming everyone in for a wonderful gin, tea or a beautiful combination of both, paired with some truly divine Anglo-Indian cuisine. We’ll be operating on a first come first serve basis over the next few weeks but reservations are advised to avoid disappointment – we promise you won’t want to miss out!”
To find out more about Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar here - https://memsahibginandteabar.com/