SquareMeal Review of
The Curious Mr Hanbury
Hidden in the basement of Brighton’s Artist Residence townhouse – the original manifestation of a four-strong chain of boutique hotels – this cosy cocktail bar is dedicated to the life and Jules Verne-like explorations of the (fictional) Mr Hanbury. It’s a speakeasy-style joint: small (capacity about 16) and with its entrance behind a bookshelf. Venerable bare-brick walls feature displays (animal skulls, antique maps) aping 19th-century museums. The cocktail list is ever-changing, but expect the likes of Love At First Bite (Saffron Absolut vodka, lavender, Yellow Chartreuse) around Valentine’s Day. To eat, head for the hotel’s modish The Set restaurant (where haddock is teamed with crab, pumpkin and hazelnut), or snack at The Set café, perhaps on Wagyu beef sliders. The hotel also incorporates another, larger, bar, the Cocktail Shack. Mr Hanbury’s opens to the public from Thursday to Saturday nights but is available for private hire the rest of the week. See also London’s Clarendon Cocktail Cellar.