Mead, an ancient drink of fermented honey and water was made as far back as 7,000 BC. It was drunk everywhere from Ancient China to Ancient Greece, and by everyone from the Romans to Aristotle and Shakespeare. As wine and beer making came into being, mead became a largely forgotten drink, except perhaps at the occasional medieval re-enactment.
However, this has changed in recent years. In fact, the American Mead Makers Association found that sales of mead increased by 84% between 2012 and 2014. UK supermarkets have seen sales of mead rise steadily year-on-year while English Heritage now sells a bottle of mead every ten minutes at its historic sites across the UK.
Some say the mead available nowadays is an offshoot of the craft beer movement, with many mead producers sourcing original ingredients to produce small batches.
We’re celebrating the world of mead with two very special mead cocktails. Our partner is Gosnells of London – the only mead producer in London. This mead is produced with orange blossom honey from Spain that has a distinctive floral taste. We have created two delicious mead cocktails to celebrate this taste.
Following the latest government announcement, we are delighted to share the news that we will be re-opening the hotel including our restaurants, lounge and riverside terraces from Monday 17th May. The Spa will re-open to members and non-residents from Monday 12th April.