Last month the world-famous American Bar at The Savoy finally opened its doors again following it’s forced closure due to the pandemic last year.
It was a double celebration in fact, as the American Bar also welcomed their new Head Bartender, Shannon Tebay, The Savoy’s first female head bartender since Ada Coleman was at the helm over one hundred years ago. Shannon is also the hotel’s first American to lead the American Bar team. With experience in hospitality spanning some ten years, Shannon has been part of the team at Manhattan’s celebrated Death & Company for seven years, where she rose to the position of Head Bartender before moving to London.
Shannon joined The Savoy in August and has been working hard with the talented bar team to create a brand-new menu, which has been officially launched this month.
Prior to the launch of the new cocktail menu, guests have been able to enjoy an interim cocktail experience made up of a collection of 15 elegant drinks designed by Shannon as a precursor to the new menu being launched and a teaser of exciting new things to come.
The American Bar has a long and celebrated history, dating back to when it first opened in 1893 and is in fact the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain. The bar has played host to legendary bartenders including Harry Craddock, author of The Savoy Cocktail Book and of course Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman. It has earned numerous awards during its long history, winning World’s Best Bar at the Spirited Awards in 2018 and World’s Best Bar in the World’s 50 Best in 2017.
American Bar, The Savoy, The Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ, England.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7420 2117
The bar is located inside The Savoy Hotel and is open Thursday to Monday from 4:00pm to midnight and operates with a walk-in-only policy.
Type of Bar: Cocktail Bar
Price Band: High, with cocktails starting from around £20.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of The Savoy