A new ‘secret’ rooftop bar has opened in Nottingham where drinkers can enjoy an oasis of calm surrounded by pretty flowers.
The terrace, which has sprung to life on the roof of chef Alex Bond’s fine dining restaurant Alchemilla, is a bee-friendly mass of purple, pink and white blooms.
On top of the converted Victorian coach house restaurant in Derby Road, raised planting beds crafted out of Scottish larch act as a base for booth seating in sheltered pods.
The Nyetimber Garden has opened in partnership with the leading producer of award-winning English sparkling wines with vineyards in Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.
Classic Cuvee, Chérie Demi-Sec, Blanc de Blancs and Rosé will be served by the glass, while Nyetimber’s Prestige Cuvee will be available by the bottle.
The secluded spot is open to both diners, who can begin or end the plant-focused tasting menu experience in the garden, or those who simply want a drink, with entrances via the restaurant and off the street.
A cocktail menu will give guests a flavour of what happens in the kitchen, using a selection of ingredients which appear on the tasting menus, alongside both freshly foraged and preserved aromatics, botanicals and plants.
Unique concoctions include Pisco, Fino sherry, salted lemon and shrub; bourbon, roasted yeast and butter and gin, summer berries and sourdough.
The garden as been designed by British artist Wolfgang Buttress, best known for The Hive at Kew Gardens. Qualified horticulturalist Anna Bond, the wife of celebrated chef Alex, has appointed the terrace with a range of greenery and colourful blooms including salvia, gaura, nepeta and sedum.
As well as the al fresco bar, there’s a practical side to the garden, which has a greenhouse for growing herbs and tray vegetables for use in some of the restaurant’s dishes.
Small brassicas such as kale and broccoli are thriving alongside apple marigold, Thai basil and tangerine tagetes.
Alex said: “It’s amazing. I love it. It’s a tranquil space. We’re just trying to create something beautiful. Someone said to me that they felt quite smug hearing the traffic and knowing what was on the other side.”
He chose to partner with Nyetimber after being blown away by the wines.
“We did a Nyetimber tasting a while before the terrace discussions had even started and when I tried their Blanc de Blancs, it shut me up on the spot! It was really wow.
“When we did then start to think about who we might work with on the rooftop bar, they were a natural fit. Apart from the quality and the taste being there, and the fact they are perfectly British, their drive and forward-thinking approach really matches ours.”
The bar will have the same opening hours as the restaurant: Tuesday from 7pm, Wednesday 12-1.30pm and from 7pm, and Friday and Saturday, 12-1.30pm, and from 6pm.
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