Talking (Wild) Turkey
ICONIC East End pub, The Ten Bells, opposite Spitalfields Market, has transformed its first floor into The Wild Turkey Lodge – having teamed up with authentic American bourbon producer Wild Turkey.
Resembling a traditional American hunting lodge this really is a sanctuary from the cold and grey winter that seems to have embraced us in recent weeks. The decor is inviting with the use of warm leather and candlelit wooden tables amongst the taxidermy and regal portraits adorning the walls. Inspiration comes from the Kentucky hunting grounds and is a nod to a famous turkey hunting trip in 1940. Whilst there, don’t forget to say hello to Walter, the Lodge’s very own Wild Turkey!
Offering five twists on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, there is something for everyone as well as serving platters consisting of Scotch eggs, sausage rolls and pork pies.
The vibe was very relaxed when we arrived on a busy Friday evening and we settled down to peruse the menu.
The warming cocktails are all ‘fashioned’ with Wild Turkey 101 bourbon which is the ideal base because of its high rye content giving a bold but refined taste.
Choose from the Classic Wild Turkey 101 Old Fashioned (Wild Turkey 101/Angostura bitters/ brown sugar/orange peel) or the Pendennis Club which was inspired by the private members’ club that claims to have invented the drink, featuring the addition of crushed fresh orange and Maraschino cherry. Next on the menu is the French Old Fashioned which ups the game with the inclusion of Cognac – certainly not for the faint-hearted!
If you’re after something slightly sweeter then the Maple Sea Salt Old Fashioned with dark maple syrup, sea salt and orange peel should hit the spot and, finally, there is the Old Smokey with smoked British infused Wild Turkey 101, orange bitters and charred oak chip – a very grown up drink indeed!
If the Old Fashioned is not your thing then other classic cocktails are served including Negronis and Espresso Martinis. The Lodge prides itself on only using the highest quality ingredients in all its drinks.
In conclusion, if you’re after something a little bit different then don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Wild Turkey Lodge. It’s open until the end of March from 5pm to midnight and, based on our visit, a booking would be advisable.
The Wild Turkey Lodge at Ten Bells, 84 Commercial Street London E1 6LY
Tel: 0207 247 7532 | [email protected] | www.tenbells.com