SquareMeal Review of
Purl at The Bedford
Uptown cocktails at downtown prices are promised as the 'molecular mixologists' from Purl move into this landmark music pub's self-contained back
bar. The residency is scheduled to run until April 2014 – longer, if Balhamites go bonkers for arcana such as bubblegum martini (grape bubblegum-infused vodka, egg white and popping candy) or green
fairy – a Dalmore 10 sazerac caressed by a wispy cloud of absinthe air. The owners also aim to reprise some 'forgotten classics' (no longer on the menu at the Marylebone HQ), as voted for on
Twitter. With a little TLC and some imagination, this could shape up as Balham's sauciest speakeasy – although they need to fix the gloomy lighting and the retro decor, which is currently more
1930s social club than The Great Gatsby. Beavertown beers are on the bill and bar snacks are in the pipeline.