Mint Gun Club
Part tea-house, part cocktail bar, part delicatessen, Mint Gun Club sure wears lots of gastronomic hats. Founded by bartender wunderkind, Richard Hunt (formerly of Milk & Honey, Mahiki and Hawksmoor) the Stoke Newington spot takes inspiration from his ex-pat heritage living in far-flung destinations around the world – and it shows. With cerulean walls, white-washed woodwork, Moroccan tiles and plants in abundance, Mint Gun Club has exotic, colonial vibes. Venetian blinds shut you out from the bustle of Stokey’s streets outside. Squint and you could almost be in a tropical locale.
During the day, it’s a place to pop in to sample their incredibly diverse rare blend teas. They have Malawi Black, Kenyan Assam, Chinese Anxi and Cloud tea from India. Pretty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern tapas-y nibbles and canapes are presented invitingly underneath glass cloches in the centre of the room. The menu rotates weekly but you can expect tastily topped breads, Nocellara olives, delicious dips and cakes.
Simply presented and well-executed, Mint Gun Club’s cocktails are understated and unique. Made with niche ingredients Richard has sourced all four corners of the earth for, you’ll find dinky-gimlets (their signature is made with cacao nib gin, kaffir lime leaf cordial and Wolfschmidt Kummel), sumptuous aperitifs and internationally-inspired tonics and nightcaps.