This spring you’re invited on a gastronomical journey underground at Union Street Cafe to celebrate one humble yet powerful ingredient – the olive. Have your taste buds transported to Italy as part of a unique and immersive bar experience as you drink and dine under a canopy of olive trees and vines — all while experiencing the sights, tastes and smells of an Italian summer’s day.
The Olive Grove’s cocktail and bar snack menus feature two contrasting single-variety extra virgin olive oils from Puglia. Dishes and drinks have been blended with either Coratina, a full-bodied, fruity and spicy oil or Leccino (made using one of Italy’s favourite olives) a lighter, golden-green oil.
Along with using olive oils innovatively to create an experimental bar menu, Davide Gagliazzo, Bar Manager at Union Street Café, has also joined forces with MARTINI, the world’s leading vermouth brand and famed as the perfect Italian aperitivo. If you’re a Bloody Mary connoisseur, try the ‘Smoky Tomato Oil’, a lighter and more intense twist on the traditional cocktail. Or if you prefer, something with complex herbal flavour, we suggest the ‘Olivia’ infused with rosemary and basil, served with a salt and pepper rim.
All cocktails are teamed up with a suggested food pairing from Head Chef Davide Degiovanni’s Olive Grove menu, a stylishly Italian rustic garden menu of casual food. Enjoy 6 dishes for £20 including a goat cheese, Taggiasche olives and walnut bruschettone and sublime lemon and sage sorbet with dried capers and Leccino E.V.O.O.
The Olive Grove is open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday from 4pm and from 12pm on the weekends. Guests can also enjoy live music from 8pm on 14, 21 and 28 April.