This Autumn we can expect a real gem of a tavern arriving in the heart of Theatreland, as the award-winning Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair is pleased to announce the arrival of it’s sister venue in Covent Garden. Based on the adventures of Jules Verne’s fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg, Mr Fogg’s Tavern will have an ‘upstairs downstairs’ theatrical theme with a Victorian tavern on the ground floor and a refined gin parlour and salon upstairs.
Naturally, there is a backstory….. Whilst traversing the globe on his Around World in 80 Days adventure, Phileas Fogg receives the sombre news that his much beloved aunt and celebrated actress, Gertrude Fogg, has passed away and made Mr Fogg the sole beneficiary of her estate, including her enchanting pied- à-terre on St Martin’s Lane. Duty bound to honour his aunt’s dying wish, Mr Fogg permits her devoted life-long housekeeper, Fanny McGee, to create a ‘tavern’ for her friends and theatrical acquaintances downstairs, whilst keeping the upstairs salon as a much needed refuge for himself and friends.
The downstairs space will feature a warm wooden interior with nineteenth century artifacts adorning the walls and hanging from the ceiling, a focal point being a large aviary filled with plants, stuffed birds and other oddities. Staff in traditional overalls will serve up real ales, ‘mother’s ruin’ gin cocktails and grog in traditional tankards and pewter cups. Weary travellers will be able to tuck into honest fare served throughout the day and evening including ‘The Best Pie in London Town’ served with traditional liquor, alongside roast game, fowl and beast. There will be an array of salted, smoked and preserved meats as well as freshly caught sea dishes and local vegetables, sourced daily from the market.
What a lovely way to welcome the cooler seasons. Expect another carefully curated cocktail menu, traditional Victorian grub, gin soirées and ‘game nights’ and some other interesting events to take place