The Gin Tub opened in Hove at the end of July 2016, with a novel concept and enough gins to please any gin lover. On each table in the venue is an old fashioned telephone from which you can dial through your drinks order to the bar and also speak to customers at other tables.
The bar received a lot of press recently over its efforts to block mobile phone signal with a Faraday cage, to encourage customers to be more sociable and engage with each other (see Sky News article here and BBC news article here). The landlord Steve Tyler said of this shrewd move, “I want them to talk to the people they’re with, not the people they’re not with.”
Visited: August 2016
The telephones on the tables and the tasteful decor
The fact that socialising is encouraged with the effort to block mobile phone signal
Not having to get up to place an order is a genius concept
The fact that you can’t reserve a table and so have to hope you can be seated
We visited the Gin Tub on a Saturday night and were pleased that we could be accommodated. There is a dress code of no trainers or shorts which is worth noting before you head there.
We were seated at a table near the bar and browsed the menu. Unsurprisingly, there is a vast choice of over 60 gins with gin flight boards on offer whereby you receive three measures of gin, three tonics, three botanicals and three nibbles to compliment the gins. The gin tub also serves other spirits, cocktails and beers.
The girls in our group opted for strawberry daiquiri cocktails and the men went for gin. Dialling through our order was a fun experience and it’s nice not to have to move from your seat for your order.
Our drinks arrived promptly and the cocktails were good (and strong). The gin was served in a lovely large stemmed glass with lots of ice. The decor and the whole ambience of the venue was lovely and the door staff were excellent at promptly dealing with a customer who was starting to get a bit too drunk and troublesome.
To conclude, it was a great experience that we’d like to repeat soon, we’re already planning a trip back to try the gin flight board!
Overall verdict and rating: 9/10
Cost of drinks: Cocktails are priced at around £8 each and gin flight boards range between £18 and £45.
16 Church Rd,
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