SquareMeal Review of
American Bar at The Beaumont
Messrs Corbin and King’s take on a 1930s art-deco five-star hotel is so plausible that you fancy Douglas Fairbanks or another Hollywood star of similar vintage might saunter in at any time – although you may have to content yourself with the star-studded portrait gallery on the American Bar’s sepia-toned walls. A nod to the original US bars that sprang up in London and Paris to rehydrate Yanks fleeing Prohibition, this homage to one Jimmy Beaumont (a Gatsby-esque figment of the owners' imagination) tends towards the old school – so anticipate whiskey Old Fashioneds and New York gin sours such as Aviation. Alternatively, park up at the marble counter and ask the tuxedo-garbed gent to mix up a Scofflaw (a bourbon-based favourite), Hanky Panky (a Savoy classic involving Fernet Branca) or a Mary Pickford – a rum and pineapple rinse named after Fairbanks' actress wife.