I love going out for dinner or cocktails. In a city as big as London we are utterly spoiled with the sheer number of places available for meals and drinks. Whatever your desire, whatever you budget, the city will have something for you. As I enjoy writing about food and cocktails, both as a consumer and as a creator, I’m lucky enough to get invited along to events where I get to try different places.
One such place is Victory Mansion, in Stoke Newington. Stokey is having a prolonged moment, and much like Walthamstow, Peckham and my own dear Leyton, it feels pretty darned up and coming right now. Victory Mansion (named for the block of flats in Orwell’s 1984, lit fans) is on Stoke Newington High Street, where new shops and venues seem to be popping up quite frequently. It’s a cracking wee bar serving some really vivid, unusual cocktails, and the whole place has literary undertones – from the name to the parquet around the bar (taken from a former home of Lewis Carroll) to the many cocktail options with their bookish inspirations.
It really is a handbook of remedies, elixirs and aphrodisiacs. There are a lot of cocktails to choose from! The rather angry fellow above is The Dr Gonzo – full of rum and fruit flavours, it packs quite the punch.
The Robinson Curacao is spicy and fiery (of our group Chris drank most of these – too hot for my tame palate!).
This little delight is The Great Quacksby, and yes, those are tiny yellow ducks atop the candyfloss cloud!With vodka, aperol and ginger ale, this was tangy and refreshing.
My favourite of the night was the sweet Very Hungry Manzanilla – how could I resist this sweet fellow? With rum, manzanilla, sage, mint and lime flavours, this was a cool and tangy drink, with a gorgeously fresh bouquet.
Alongside the drinks we had a range of small plates to sample. Above were my favourite choices. The sourdough toast with beef tomato and homemade harissa was gorgeous, and as for the artichokes with aoili, I could have eaten a whole plate of them! Much like the cocktails, the food was innovative and well-presented, with some real imagination thrown in too.
If you’re going to be in Stoke Newington, I’d recommend Victory Mansion, whether for a quick bite to eat or a night on the cocktails. A great little place.
Disclaimer: I was kindly hosted by the team at Victory Mansion in exchange for a fair review. All opinions, typos, and inabilities to drink spicy cocktails are my own. Thank you so much to the team for hosting me!