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When I first moved to London I lived in Tottenham Hale where, other than a retail park and an Ikea not too far away, there really isn’t much else going on. When we fancied heading out for a coffee somewhere we’d either catch the bus, or walk, down to Stoke Newington which had a lot more going on. How I wish Victory Mansion had been around back then…
The lovely Sheepa invited a bunch of us cocktail and food loving bloggers over to Victory Mansion promising inventive cocktails and candy floss. We were not disappointed in the slightest!
Opened almost a year ago in Stoke Newington, Victory Mansion is a literary themed cocktail bar run by a group of friends with a shared love of great tasting, inventive cocktails and great food.
The group bought an eccentric Turkish cafe with bright yellow walls, LPs hanging from the ceiling and inspirational quotes scrawled on the wall.
The friends worked painstainkingly hard to turn the old Turkish cafe into the achingly cool cocktail bar it is now.
All the work during the refurbishment was done by them: they didn’t hire any contractors to help out. One of the team travelled the length and breadth of the country to find literary inspired materials to use in the bar. There’s the hand-cut art deco bar, the vintage wallpaper, a clock from the USSR and, harking back to Orwell’s 1984 (where the bars name ‘Victory Mansion’ comes from), two old CCTV camera on the exterior that have been transformed into lights.
Victory Mansion’s cocktails
The two mixologists, Stuart and Benji, are amongst the most reputable in London. The menu at Victory Mansion has a combination of simple classic coctails with a twist and extravagent, inventive new creations.
The Very Hungry Manzanilla made with rum, sage and mint agave, manzanilla, lime and soda comes topped with a little candy caterpillar, whilst The Great Quacksby, a vodka based cocktail, has homemade candy floss and little sugar ducks on the top.
All of the cocktails we tried were scrumptious and looked impressive too which is always a plus (especially with a load of snap-happy bloggers).
Victory Mansion food
The food at Victory Mansion is managed by chef Sam Browne-Wilkinson. He began his career at Bentleys before moving to Ottolenghi where he developed his own style. The msnu is regularly changed and showcases a fusion of the finest seasonal British produce and exotic cuisine.
Far from your ordinary bar snacks, the sharing plates at Victory Mansion take bar food to the next level.
We tried the candied red beets, pistachio, sage and goat’s curd; prawns, burnt pepper paste, sweetcorn and lime; artichokes in buttermilk batter, confit duck yolk and parmesan and sourdough, Italian beef tomato and homemade harissa.
Safe to say I’ve never eaten such good food alongside a cocktail in a bar. You should go to Victory Mansion based on the strength of the food alone, especially as I hear they do a brunch menu to cure you if you’ve had one too many cocktails the night before.
Next time you want cocktails, make the trip up to Victory Mansion. Most cocktails cost just £8 so, compared to most London cocktail bars, it won’t even break the bank!
Victory Mansion: 18 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PL