Pooles Temple is half speakeasy, half 19th century Parisian salon. It’s the perfect place for a clandestine cocktail or two.
After you’re greeted at the door and whisked down the stairs, you’ll find a cosy space dimly lit by soft lights and flickering candles. Towards the end of the week, live jazz is likely to be playing. Mismatched mirrors hang on the dark teal walls, watching over high tables with stools and pew-like seating. There are also a few small tables, for smaller parties. Velvet upholstery adds to the sense of old-world glamour.
Sticking to the French theme, every bottle on the wine list comes from France. You’ll find everything from bold Bordeaux reds to dry Alsatian whites, alongside a very decent champagne selection. Alongside classic cocktails such as the French 75 and Whiskey Sour, there are house updates such as the Molé Old Fashioned. But the Martini is the bar’s real speciality. Whether you like yours dirty or dry, it’s best served with a plate of oysters.
On the menu there are charcuterie plates and late night comfort food (go for the four cheese brioche toastie). For something sweet, truffles from Sue Lewis Chocolatier are served with Mortlach Rare Old Scotch whisky. Plates are prepared in the kitchen of Como The Treasury hotel within the basement the bar is nestled.