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Broadly speaking, drinks at this film-noir speakeasy above Jason Atherton's Social Eating House walk the walk – despite some occasional shakiness should you decide to stray off-menu. The name is a
slang term for speakeasy, and the wood-panelled saloon with its butch copper-topped bar and old-skool styling is low-key, sophisticated and handsome enough in its own way. Ooh-arr-tinez – a
Somerset cider brandy take on a Martinez – is better by far than its daft name, ditto dill or no deal (a Tanqueray gin sour). To eat, dip into jars of cod brandade, spiced aubergine and pork
rillettes or nibble on duck-fat chips with aïoli, followed by a deconstructed lemon curd pie with sour yoghurt and fennel.
Positioned next to chef Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House, the Blind Pig is the upstairs ‘secret’ cocktail bar of the venue. If the name, the location and door of the bar do not spark your curiosity or raise an air of mystery about the venue, walking up the stairs you can read a quote on a brightly lit red sign, by Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem ‘The Eagle’, “He watches from his mountain walls, and like a thunderbolt he falls.’ By the time you enter the speakeasy, the team behind the Blind Pig ensure you are intrigued, and to think that they haven’t even offered you a drink.The interior fulfils the build up of expectations. The room felt private and the patrons looked proud to know of the location...
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