Martin Siska Joins Scarfes Bar At Rosewood London As Bar Manager

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Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has recently welcomed Martin Siska to join the team as Bar Manager. With ten years experience in London’s high-end, hotel bar scene, Martin brings a wealth of experience alongside a dedication to quality service and a passion and creativity for creating cocktails. Martin will be working with the Scarfes Bar team to develop a new cocktail menu to launch in 2017.

Matthias Roeke, Managing Director of Rosewood London comments, ‘We are delighted to have Martin on board, bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Scarfes Bar. Martin’s move means an exciting and renewed drinks offering here and we very much look forward to unveiling the menu in due course. Martin’s feel for innovation and artistry signals a new liquid journey that the team and myself can not wait to embark on’.

In his new role Martin will be working closely with his team, bringing a level of innovation and development to the bar. Believing every drink should have a story of inspiration behind it, Martin is keen to incorporate exciting ingredients and research into the offering at Scarfes Bar. Viewing mixology as an art, where all elements of a drink come together to form the perfect cocktail, he cites leading chefs such as Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal and René Redzepi as his inspiration for their ability to change the way people think about certain ingredients.

Originally from Slovakia, Martin first moved to London ten years ago and discovered a passion for bartending whilst working at D&D’s Pont De La Tour Restaurant. He then moved on to The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel where he spent five years developing his knowledge and bartending skills. He was quickly made Head Bartender after just one year, instilling in him the high quality standards of service and team leadership required for a hotel bar offering. In 2015, Martin had the honour of spending four months working directly with the legendary Javier de las Muelas of Dry Martini in Barcelona, before launching its first UK outpost, Dry Martini London, as Bar Manager.

Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar is inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and features a roaring fire, a collection of cosy velvet armchairs and over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antique dealer. Adorning the walls are canvases by renowned artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, most famous for his political cartoons that have been featured in newspapers from The Sunday Times through to The New Yorker. There are over 70 caricatures in the bar, all of which paint a picture of modern political and pop culture life in Britain, with politicians such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson through to the Queen and her corgis and David Beckham on show. In an area of the bar dubbed ‘current affairs corner’ Gerald Scarfe regularly updates his artwork based on current political events. The overall atmosphere is one of eclectic, witty sophistication with complimentary live music seven nights a week.

The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace At Rosewood London Opens This Summer

ULTIMATE GIN & TONIC TERRACE

Tuesday 22 July – Friday 29 August 2014

This summer, iconic gin brand Bombay Sapphire has partnered with London’s newest ultra luxury hotel, Rosewood London, to transform its alfresco drinking and dining terrace, located in the grand courtyard into ‘The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace’.

Inspired by Bombay Sapphire’s 10 exotic botanical ingredients and the journey taken to the ends of the earth to source them, the six week long pop-up experience will allow discerning drinkers to celebrate and creatively explore the regions travelled, resulting in the must-visit summer destination to enjoy ‘The Ultimate Gin & Tonic’. Fitting seamlessly with the elegant and distinctive design of Rosewood London, ‘The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace’ promises an intriguing and conversational alfresco environment to discover and experience the exclusive cocktail menu.

Combining English heritage with contemporary sophistication, Rosewood London has the feel of a stylish London residence, more akin to a British manor house than a hotel and is filled to the brim with a quirky collection of curiosities. Guests enter via a gated carriageway, which leads to the peaceful inner courtyard, where the ‘The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace’ will be situated. Bombay Sapphire’s journey of discovery will be brought to life in the re-design of the terrace that imitates the quality, detail and style of a bespoke yacht, showcasing an exclusively commissioned fabric design created by acclaimed illustrator, Jonathan Chadwick.
The intricate pattern tells the story of the exotic botanicals and regions of origin that lie behind this renowned gin.

‘The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace’ will showcase a varied menu of cocktail twists based on ‘The Ultimate Gin & Tonic’, which will take guests on an exhilarating sensory journey through the Mediterranean, Africa, China and Indonesia. To celebrate this partnership, the ‘Sense of Place® Gin & Tonic Twist’ cocktail, which has been especially curated to honour the hotel’s philosophy of enhancing guests’ experiences by reflecting and celebrating the local
culture, history and location, will be revealed. The Bombay Sapphire ‘Sense of Place® Gin & Tonic Twist’ draws on the shared British locale of Rosewood London and the London dry gin for its inspiration as well as a selection of unexpected ingredients which give a nod to all things British. The experience will also feature a food-pairing menu conceived by Bjorn van der Horst, Rosewood London’s director of food, beverage and kitchens, which complements the selection of cocktails and can be enjoyed at the elegant terrace.

At specific times during the week, Bombay Sapphire brand ambassador Sean Ware will be on hand to take guests on an interactive journey through the world of Bombay Sapphire. Cocktail
lovers will learn the intricacies of the spirit and have the opportunity to touch, smell and taste the exotic botanicals that have been vapour infused to create the unparalleled taste of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

‘The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace’ at Rosewood London will be open daily from 12pm until late, from Tuesday 22 July until Friday 29 August 2014. There will also be occasional live music that can be enjoyed at the terrace. ‘The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace’ will also be available for private corporate and event hire.

The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace at Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

For enquiries please visit: http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/London