An evening at The Sipping Room in West India Quay
Working in West London I rarely venture out to the docklands but whenever I do I’m always really impressed by the bars and restaurants I visit. Having tried out a few Drake & Morgan venues and always leaving very satisfied, I was excited to try their newest addition to the group –The Sipping Room.
There’s a gorgeous large 200-cover terrace with a bar overlooking West India Quay but as it had been raining on and off that afternoon we decided it was best to sit inside. But Drake & Morgan embroidered blankets and hot water bottles are on hand to keep you cosy which is perfect for the unknown British weather.
The cosy vibe continues inside with Drake & Morgan’s signature decor – wooden beams, colourful soft furnishings, moody lighting and chairs draped with faux-fur. The Sipping Room is the ideal autumn/winter venue.
From the Potions and Portions menu I ordered a Candy Shop cocktail (£9.95) – a mix of Tanqueray gin, rhubarb & custard liqueur & lemon – and it went down a treat. My guest enjoyed a mocktail from the ‘Absolute Zero’ section of the menu.
When eating out it is always so tempting to go for the unhealthy and fattening options, but The Sipping Room has plenty of healthy options so my eyes didn’t wander too much. Their all day dining menu features a great selection of Modern European dishes so there’s something to suit everyone from salads to burgers to curries.
I found myself being swayed towards the healthy dishes (unusual for me!) because they just sounded so tasty. To start we decided to share the Prawn lollipops and Avocado which was covered in a coconut ‘breadcrumb’. The avocado was SO impressive! I’d never eaten avocado like this, slightly warm and the coconut ‘breadcrumbs’ complimented the dish really well with that extra burst of flavour. I also couldn’t get enough of the spicy mayo to dip the avocado in. The prawn lollipops were equally as impressive and were served with a generous pot of sweet chilli sauce.
I’m never one to order a salad in a restaurant because I always worry that it won’t be filling enough, and secondly because it is usually the same price as other dishes and I worry I won’t get my moneys worth (ha!) But I was really tempted by the salad menu at The Sipping Room, all of which were very reasonably priced.
My guest ordered the crispy duck salad (below) with cucumber, wonton, peanuts & hoisin sauce priced at an affordable £9.95 and it did not disappoint. I went for the colourful chicken salad with avocado, and mango. We both ordered a side of sweet potato fries each which were cooked to perfection – crunchy on the outside and beautifully fluffy on the inside. The salad portions were so generous we didn’t really need the side of fries each though.
It was probably one of the best salads I’ve ever had. There was no cutting back on the chicken and the mango added a wonderful juicy sweetness to the dish. I was so impressed with the size of the salad portions, they felt never ending! After eating and eating our portions were just not going down and in the end we were defeated which is rare for me – especially when it comes to salads. In fact we were so full we couldn’t even order a pudding, even though the chocolate brownie and creme brulee both sounded so inviting.
I decided to have a little roam around the restaurant to have a nosey at the beautiful decor and walk off all of that food. The restaurant has a wonderful warm and friendly ambience to it. The staff are so lovely, especially Patricia who was our waitress for the evening. She had so much knowledge about the Drake & Morgan group and was great at recommending dishes and drinks. It turned out Patricia and I have the same taste when it comes to cocktails and salads so all of her recommends were perfect. It was such a pleasure to have her as our hostess for the evening – we even promised Patricia we would come back again on a Friday evening for a glass of wine with her!
The Sipping Room seems like the ideal place for a Friday night tipple with dining downstairs (pictured below) and a DJ by the bar upstairs.
Still so full I decide to settle on an Espresso martini as my dessert and my guest ordered a hazelnut latte.
The Sipping Room offers a medley of exotic cocktails and mocktails so its worth visiting even for just a drink. We were particularly fascinated by the charcoal mocktail drink, which I’d love to go back and try seeing as charcoal drinks seemed to be very on trend right now.
Drake & Morgan proved that they are consistent with their quality dishes and and generous portions. Drake & Morgan venues are a fail-safe option, if I’m ever in doubt on where to go I know that they will have something suitable for everyone’s taste and budget.
The Sipping Room
16 Hertsmere Rd