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Rake’s is a new concept at Andaz, the five-star Hyatt hotel where once stood the infamous Bethlehem Hospital (aka ‘Bedlam’). While we’re not keen on the tacky plastic ivy-covered gazebo amid the grandeur of The Front Room, Rake’s racy red Victorian-style Parlour is certainly worth a visit for its contemporary cocktails. Raffish recipes such as Mad House (a fennel, orange and red-pepper vodka and Kümmel Sour) and a dried-down alt’ Pimm’s (made with strawberry-laden vermouth and Fernet Branca) are interesting and instantly Instagrammable. Otherwise, in the absence of Prosecco – is this bravely bucking a trend or plain bonkers? – order a crisp cava, one of a dozen wines, hoochy Highballs, juices or smoothies. All-day bar snacks provide nourishment; we liked the sesame and cashew cauliflower ‘wings’ and the chicken and chorizo croquettes. Larger plates might include pan-fried sea trout with potato, fennel and caper salad, followed by ices, sorbets and cheesecakes.
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