Published on Foodepedia on 17th April 2011:
The Waldorf Hilton has once again found itself in the cocktail world with a brand-new bar that’s a nod to the Waldorf’s theatrical past.
Good Godfrey, situated in the ground floor of The Waldorf Hilton, takes its name from Howard Godfrey. Back in the 20s Howard Godfrey was the celebrity bandleader of the ‘Waldorfians’, the Waldorf house hand, and had hits such as ‘In heaven’ and ‘My canary has circles under his eyes’.
It’s not just the name that’s reminiscent of the past though. The bar’s décor features illuminated marble, chrome fixtures and upward lighting. There’s even original listed wood panelling. And it all helps to evoke the theatrical heritage of the hotel – just settle into the plush seating and admire.
There’s a good selection of cocktails too from the award winning head mixologist Nelson Bernardes. The ‘Refined Madam’ (£12) comes spritzed with gin and rose; the ‘Astor Hip Flask’ is presented in a real hip flask; and then there’s the ‘Hot Gin Punch’ which arrives in a tea pot for two to share. To accompany, there’s also breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a good selection of nibbles.
Good Godfrey is at The Waldorf Hilton, 22 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD www.waldorfhilton.co.uk/