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Following a star-studded media launch and a packed out drinks industry party, Milroys Soho, London’s original whisky specialist, has now officially opened its doors to its second permanent residence in a townhouse within the heart of Spitalfields.
Located at 76 Commercial Street, Milroys Soho at Spitalfields is a contemporary leap from the most influential whisky specialists in the world, propelled by its owner, Martyn Simpson – known to most in the whisky world as ‘Simo’. Set across four floors, the new high-end venue includes a whisky bar, a cocktail bar, a tasting room and an exclusive private members club with a cigar terrace.
In the basement, guests will find The Proofing Room; a new cocktail bar created by the team behind the popular and award-winning bar The Vault Soho , below Milroy’s Greek Street. The Proofing Room name references the rooms pre-war status as a proofing room for a bakery which it was once used for, and the menu includes the much loved classic from The Vault – Coconut Butter Old Fashioned – alongside an innovative and creative new menu featuring an Elderflower & Pea Highball, Indian Rickey, Horseradish Margarita and Mango Sour Highball to name but a few.
The ground floor features a 1000 strong whisky bar with space for 40 people, showcasing a carefully curated whisky selection from around the globe with Scotch from the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, Islands and Campletown; American whisky from all over the United States; Asian whiskies, European whiskies, as well as whiskies flown in from Australia and South Africa. The passionate and knowledgeable staff always on hand to help guide guests, members and their palates through the vast selection.
The first floor houses The Dram House; a private members club with a bar, cigar terrace and tasting room. Both The Dram House and ground floor Whisky Bar are overseen by Eddie De Sousa, Milroy’s bar manager. Named after the pop-up bars set up in Japan by the Milroy brothers, founders of the brand, the club bar offers an exclusive selection of whiskies.
Membership of The Dram House will be available to loyal customers and whisky aficionados. Over 55 years, the famous whisky specialist in Soho has accumulated a huge range of whiskies, with around 400 bottles from Scotland alone on its shelves today and tens of thousands passed through the shelves over the years. At the new venue on their third floor tasting room guests will be able to have an in-depth tasting with one of Milroys experienced whisky aficionados harking back to the origins of Milroys fame and have the outdoor area a lush foliage filled cigar terrace complete with living wall, offering specialist products from Hunters & Frankau, the UK’s exclusive Cuban cigar importers.
In addition, Milroys have appointed Ricky Evans – Founder & Executive Chef at The Ingredientist – as their new resident Chef. Despite the brand’s mere two-year history, Evans is no stranger to the world of bespoke food pairings, having worked with some of the most prominent fashion retailers and media companies in the world. A carefully curated menu of food pairings from The Ingredientist is permanently available across all floors of the townhouse to complement the extensive Milroys whisky library with delicious dishes such as Whisky Cured Salmon Charcoal Macarons and Quails Scotch Eggs with Honey Whisky Mustard Mayo.
Of the opening, Milroy’s MD Simo, said: I am extremely excited to be launching this new site and introduce new people to Milroys and what we stand for in the world of whisky. We believe whisky is for everyone, taking away the pretension and stigma, as the Milroys brothers did when they first brought single malt to London. This new site will showcase our true passion.