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Bottle Bureau, Chelmsford

So a trip to Bottle Bureau in Chelmsford, overlooked by the magnificent Chelmsford Cathedral was a nice hint to what was waiting for us. We walk in and find ourselves transported to the kind of drinking den you could easily spend a few nights in. All comfy leather chairs and a buzzing atmosphere. Sadly, we can’t just stay here forever, but the welcome from the staff is making us consider missing our train back to Brockmans HQ. It is the start of the weekend, after all.

“If only all prison cells had so much style.” The Bar Manager, Ben Skinner, an Essex boy born and raised, regales us about the most memorable thing he’s overheard in Bottle Bureau. And that person was right. Not that we’d know. There’s no denying this is a comfortable place to while away the hours.

We take a long look at the drinks list, it’s all encompassing but doesn’t feel like you need a degree in distilling to make sense of it. The staff are quickly on hand to take us through the questions we have. We ask Ben where he got his inspiration from, “After travelling in America for 3 months, it was time to come home and share my knowledge and passion for mixology.” It’s clearly something he holds dear as he explains, “Most of my cocktails are inspired by very traditional classic cocktails. I love adding a little twist to them.” This local has really found his home at Bottle Bureau. And with that we go back to our drink. And drink in the atmosphere one more time.

Brockmans Gem

By Ben Skinner

  • 25ml Brockmans Gin
  • 20ml Crème de Cassis
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 12.5ml Sugar syrup
  • Tonic foam (200ml of tonic + 100ml egg white)
  • 1 Lime


Pour Brockmans, Crème de Cassis, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a shaker. Add ice. Shake and fine strain into a coupe glass. Top with tonic foam.

To make the tonic foam, you will need a whipping canister and a couple of gas charges. It takes a 200ml bottle of tonic and 100ml of egg white. Flatten the tonic first, just stir it a few times in a glass then squeeze 2 wedges of lime. Add all of this to the canister and charge it once and leave in the fridge for roughly half an hour. If you need it sooner charge it twice.

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