I hadn't been to West Hampstead since we moved from north west to north east London last summer. So when we stepped off the jubilee line, I had a certain sense of nostalgia as we walked around the corner to The Gallery - one of West Hampstead's local favourites.
With exposed brickwork, low lighting, dark surroundings and miss matched wooden furniture, The Gallery reminded us of many bars we drank at in Melbourne, Australia. I love this kind of interiors, and would love to re-create something similar in my own home one day.
For a Thursday night The Gallery was buzzing, with not a single empty chair in the place. A well stocked bar comprising of over 101 different whiskies, was what brought us to this side of the city for a change of scenery. This summer The Gallery have introduced a range of new, unique, whiskey based cocktails. For our first round, based on the barman's personal recommendations, I opted for a sweet, whilst Stew chose a sour.
Mine was called the Plum & Rye, which included Rittenhouse Rye, Vermouth blend and Umeshu plum sake. This was presented in the cutest glass bottle with a saucer glass to drink it from. Whilst being a strong cocktail, it was perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the plum. I really enjoyed this cocktail, but me and Stew ended up swapping half way through, as I loved his even more. He chose the Derby which was a blend of Havana 3, Evan Williams bourbon, peach, lemon and soda.