Get Into The Christmas Spirit | Festive Cocktails At Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Lane Farringdon, London EC1A 9EJ
I’m not actually a massive fan of Christmas food (unless it’s something dirty or Dishoom‘s turkey raan) but what I am keen on is Christmas booze – especially cocktails. So the other night we popped down to Ask For Janice in Farringdon to try out their seasonal selection. Now we don’t like to encourage irresponsible drinking so we made sure we lined our stomachs first.
The food wasn’t the reason why we were there but I have to say, the menu is brilliant – we tucked into the BEST Pork scratchings (£3.50) – not rock hard and greasy, these still had tonnes of meat on them. Stout salt squid, parsley and orange (£5), Black badger bean hummus (£5.50), Chorizo, sherry and sourdough (£7) and Braised beef croquettes and mustards (£5.50).
There are four festive cocktails all at £9. We kicked off with the Berry Christmas – Janice’s own sloe gin, cranberry syrup and Prosecco, garnished with a rather large sprig of rosemary. A light and bubbly girly drink that’s impossible to drink without removing the herbs first.
Now I’m going to get into a lot of trouble here, but the Snowball was a lot more enjoyable that the one my dad made me two Christmases ago. I’d already had pretty much every kind of spirit that day and it tipped me over the edge. Although he’d probably say the one at Ask For Janice should have a slice of lime, not lemon.
Next was the Janice Eggnog made with a whole egg and dried nutmeg. Who needs dessert when you’ve got this? If the music hadn’t been so loud [insert granny emoji here], the situation would have been near-perfect.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 7am to midnight
Nearest station: Barbican (3 mins walk), Farringdon (5 mins walk)
We visited as guests of Ask For Janice, this does not affect our review in any way. We always write with complete honesty.