And now for a little tipple …. take a short stroll from Hotel La Tour to the marvellous Victorian splendour of Great Western Arcade and indulge your love of fine wine with a glass or two at the splendid Loki.
A boutique wine merchant and wine bar, Loki’s stated aim is to make a wine shop/bar which is “accessible and unpretentious”. It’s got a great, laid-back style – ask for director and wine expert Phil and tell him we sent you – and is one of the only places outside London to offer customers the experience of trying up to 24 wines by the glass at any one time.
It’s a modern approach and one you might sneak into your diary for a lunch meeting, after- work drink or even a first date? (Let us know how you get on: if things move onto dinner a deux, we look forward to seeing you at our own gorgeous Aalto Restaurant.)
You can sample at leisure in the shop or upstairs wine lounge and a Loki Wine Tasting Card allows you to taste a frequently updated selection of fine, boutique and award-winning wines. Take your pick from whatever’s sampling from the specially-imported wine preservation machines – keeps ’em all fresh – for as little as 25p a glass. When you’ve found The One, you can take it home and enjoy or relax in the tasting room, perhaps sharing a plate of cold meats or cheeses to go with your wine.
And there’s really only one thing you can say to that: cheers!