SquareMeal Review of
Eleanor's Bar at Charing Cross Hotel
For a clue to the identity of the eponymous Eleanor, scrutinise the elaborate carved (Charing) cross outside. The beloved wife of Edward I, Queen El’s Castilian roots explain the bar’s signature
sangria, attractively presented in a Kilner jar for two at £13.95. Elsewhere, you can get elegantly hammered on negroni, French 75 & Cajun martini – a generous pepper-vodka pour garnished with
pickled jalapeño & stuffed olives. Also worth a punt are the strawberry lychee, the white lady & after-dinner stickies such as nutty, Frangelico-based Toblerone. There’s an adequate wine
list too, plus afternoon tea (£19.95) & all-day eats such as crab sliders, deep-fill sandwiches, fish & chips, & tipsy trifle. Chic ruby- & mink-toned Eleanor’s keeps an exceedingly
low profile, but intrepid explorers will be rewarded.