In early July I was invited by Glasshouse Cleveleys, the new cocktail bar & bistro, to attend their VIP opening evening.
Cleveleys doesn’t have many nighttime venues, which is a shame. So whenever somewhere new like this opens my husband and I are always eager to show our support. It also helps that it opposite on of our favourite restaurants making this a great place to start the evening. In fact, we’d already had a chance to sample a few (probably too many!) of their glorious cocktails two weeks earlier on a previous visit. Despite this, I was intrigued to see what else they had to offer.
The downstairs area is very warm and welcoming and on entering we were offered champagne and a seat at the bar. They also have a dining area upstairs where they serve a range of food during the day and early evening if that’s more your thing. The bar, however, is perfect for us as we can watch the bar staff practise their craft.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Glasshouse is the artwork adorning the walls, all provided by local artists (and for sale!), including an absolutely stunning wall mural by graffiti artist Russ Meehan running up the main staircase.
The stars of the show here for me are the cocktails, and they have a very extensive menu for you to choose from.
If cocktails aren’t your thing my husband also recommends their selection of beers and I noticed they have a nice selection of gins if you fancy something a little more simple.
Whilst checking out the menu and enjoying the live music we had our first cocktail sample, the “Country Garden”, a blend of hendricks, st germain, apple, lime and muddled cucumber. Overall a refreshing sampler and one I’m likely to order again in the future.
Glasshouse is also a live music venue, which is great to see, and hear obviously! Each week a range of local artists can be heard and it really adds to the laid-back, casual atmosphere. Check out their Facebook page to see who’s performing soon.
During the evening we also had the opportunity to sample some of the food items from the main menu in “finger food” form. These varied from a lovely rare beef (my favourite) to pulled pork (my husbands). This was our first time sampling food here, as our previous visit had been a strictly “liquid” affair but if these samples are anything to go by I will be back!
The cocktail samples had really hit the spot and so we also sampled a few directly from the menu (only a few this time, it was a work night!). My favourite would have to be the “Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini”. The chocolate orange isn’t that noticeable but it is lovely all the same. We finished the evening off with a classic “amaretto sour”, which we are both big fans of.
Glasshouse isn’t just about cocktails though, oh no. Whether it’s dining out with friends, or a coffee on a weekday afternoon (£1 refills!), Glasshouse has it covered. They have also just introduced Sunday Roasts, which I cannot WAIT to try.
Glasshouse truly is a breath of fresh air for Cleveleys and I cannot wait to see what else they have up their sleeve. Big thanks to Hannah for making my husband and I feel so welcome on the night, we had a great evening so thanks again.