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An 8 metre mural depicting a Japanese Manga animation interpretation of the last supper takes precedence here alongside sheepskins, a 200 year old exposed brick wall and handmade cushions made from vintage fabric, long since forgotten has turned this bar into a popular cocktail venue with the cities bartender set. Influenced by areas such as Shoreditch and Camden – Treacle has given the area something that they have never seen before. Couple that with a team of award winning bartenders with an individual sense of dress, a contemporary fair trade food offer from esteemed producers such as butcher Simon Howie and cheesemonger Iain Mellis and an array of funk, soul and jazz coming from the speakers it is easy to see why treacle is so popular. Treacle has become well known in the area for excellent service, premium spirits selection and contemporary food offer and has proved very popular with the Newtown eating and drinking set, after work diners and those â€“ young and old, looking for a popular and vibrant destination, any day of the week.
Treacle is slap bang in the middle of Broughton Street, a destinationÂ which has long been a place for those in the know to have a good night out. Treacle marks itself out from other underground bars andÂ neighbouring real ale pubs with its cheeky monkey logo and itsÂ extensive cocktail list.
Treacle makes the most of the space they occupy, with comfy sofas ableÂ to accommodate large parties on one side and smaller tables on theÂ other. Â As with the seating, the dĂ©cor is also diverse. A large muralÂ on one side depicts manga characters enjoying drinks, matching theirÂ cheeky monkey logo, and a television plays manga classics like AstroÂ Boy, Samurai Pizza Cats and Thundercats. There are also the big leatherÂ sofas, exposed brickwork, vintage tables and fur spreads typical of aÂ gastropub. Iâ€™m not sure how well these work together but they
certainly give the pub a distinctive style.
Because of its cartoony appearance, at first glimpse I thought thatÂ Treacle might be slightly student, but thatâ€™s not the case at all.Â The clientele is made up mostly of 20-30 somethings and thereâ€™s aÂ really relaxed atmosphere. Even when the bar does get busy of anÂ evening, itâ€™s still pretty chilled out (though it can get noisy).
The drinks menu lists an impressive 50-plus cocktails and isÂ separated into four separate sections: Monkey Hustle and Girls are theÂ first two sections which has distinctive/unique/special cocktailsÂ along with their own creations. Classics and Beach Comber are theÂ typical cocktail selection mix of traditional and tiki that youâ€™dÂ expect. The menu is presented in cartoon style and itâ€™s clear that,Â although mixology is taken seriously, these are going to be fun andÂ wonâ€™t be earnestly trying to turn you into a cocktail snob.
I ask the lovely Aussie barman for a recommendation â€“ I like longÂ drinks, something sweet but not sickly and not creamy and he suggestsÂ the Silver Fern (ÂŁ6.50), made up of 42 Below Kiwi, St Germain, freshÂ mint, lime, apple and sugar. Â With the sweet mint and lime flavoursÂ it reminds me of a citrus-flavoured mojito and is right up my street.Â My partner chose a New York Minute (ÂŁ7) made from Bols Genever and PlymouthÂ Sloe, Carpana Antica and Maraschino stirred with pomegranate juice.Â The strong gin and vermouth combination tempered with fruity sweetnessÂ was a winning combination.
With so many cocktails to choose from, thereâ€™s bound to be somethingÂ to suit even the most serious of cocktail afficiandos. Â Iâ€™m personallyÂ looking forward to going back to try the Watermelon Clover ClubÂ (ÂŁ6.50), a mix of Plymouth, lemon, Peychauds bitters and watermelonÂ syrup and, for when Iâ€™m feeling particularly adventurous, a CorpseÂ Reviver #2 (ÂŁ8) featuring Tanqueray, Absinthe, Lillet Blanc,Â Cointreau and lemon. Â Frankly it sounds just as brutal as a classicÂ Zombie (ÂŁ8), made up of 7 different spirits and set alight over anÂ oven-proof rum float.
There are some great places to eat on Broughton Street and Treacle isÂ certainly able to hold its own on this front with an all day menuÂ thatâ€™s a class above the usual bar food. There are sharing plattersÂ to nibble at with sweet potato wedges, tempura vegetables, duck springÂ rolls or nachos. IfÂ you’veÂ got a proper appetite you can try theirÂ mains: chicken and smoked bacon pie (ÂŁ9.95), oriental noodles (servedÂ in cute noodle boxes, ÂŁ6-9.95), sandwiches served on foccacia withÂ chips (ÂŁ6-8.95) and a range of salads (ÂŁ6-9.95). The after dinnerÂ specialty is a peculiarly sophisticated take on a Scottish chip shopÂ classic â€“ deep-fried brioche jam sandwich with homemade vanilla iceÂ cream (ÂŁ5.95). Donâ€™t knock it tillÂ you’veÂ tried it though, itâ€™s akinÂ to eating a fresh warm jam doughnut and is just about the mostÂ decadent dessertÂ I’veÂ ever had. That really is Treacleâ€™s style â€“Â providing plenty of fun options and takes on classics and making themÂ their own.