Cocktail and Canapes Evening

We were welcomed we the first cocktail of the night ‘Spring into action G&T’ – Navy strength gin, tonic, white borage and aromatic herbs. Secondly, we had the ‘Jurassic Jackass’ – Porters Perfection vodka, lime, ginger beer and hot sauce. Next up was the turn of the ‘Dorset 75’ – Conker Gin and Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvee. And finally, to really finish us off we had the ‘Somerset Clover Club’ – Newton House Gin, homemade raspberry syrup, lemon, Aqua Faba, Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvee.

Overall, this was a great selection of cocktails, all very different to one another. I loved how they were all Dorset orientated – from the local sprits and fizz to the quirky names, this really emphasized the Bridgehouses’ passion for local produce and showcasing what Dorset has to offer.

Each of the cocktails were paired with delicious canapés that reflected the restaurants spring menu.
Cured Salmon with horseradish and beetroot
Chorizo frittata with mozzarella and basil
Crab cake with lime mayonnaise
Mini Raspberry Pavlova

The selection was a perfect little taster of what the spring dishes have to offer and left us all excited to try the full menu. Their kitchen team is led by the brilliant Head Chef, Geraldine Gay who develops recipes based on seasonality and the freshest local ingredients. I had a sneak peek at some of the dishes that were coming out of the kitchen and they looked and smelt delicious.

Bridge House - Beaminster

For £20 a head for everything included, this was exceptional value. The evening was well organized and managed to strike a good balance between delivering information about the drinks and the producers and a fun, relaxed evening with friends.

Jo and Mark Donovan, who have been running Bridge House for over 13 years, are excited about their new cocktail venture with Lloyd;

‘For a long time people have been keen to eat local produce, and now they also want to drink local, and Bridge House is very much about supporting regional producers. The cocktail menu will reflect locally made spirits and mixers, with cocktail recipes unique to the area. We are thrilled to be working alongside such an inspiring person; Lloyd is a well-known barman with a big following and talent for mixology. The Bridge cocktail bar will be a place where local people can relax and enjoy some exciting new taste experiences,’ Says Jo Donovan, owner of Bridge House.

The Bridge House Cocktail Bar launches on Saturday 25th March and will run every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm until midnight. There will also be regular Cocktail Masterclasses with Lloyd Brown, the next one is on Friday 28th April, and tickets are £20 per person.

Bridge House
Hotel & Restaurant
3 Prout Bridge


Bridge House - Beaminster

Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? Yes
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? No
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? Yes
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? Yes
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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