Jul
30

An Olympic-Sized Happy Hour at Grange Restaurant and Bar

As the world’s elite athletes gathered in London for the 30th Summer Olympic Games, the SacFoodies came together last Friday to kick off the opening celebrations with a gold medal-worthy happy hour at Grange Restaurant and Bar.

The Grange’s Executive Chef, Oliver Ridgeway, has pulled together a brilliant happy hour menu inspired by his home country’s traditional British cuisine. But this is no ordinary pub fare – each dish incorporates seasonal and fresh ingredients.

And while there is no Olympic event for eating, Team SacFoodies has perfected the sport of tasting to bring you the menu highlights:

Jake
Favorite sipper: The West Bengal Cocktail – which is made with Hangar One Mandarin, orange zest and Darjeeling-Infused Yellow Chartreuse giving it a taste of tea-fitting for celebrating London
Gives the appetizer gold to: Artisan Sausages with Flavored Mustards
Won’t miss Olympic event: Swimming

Sarah
Favorite sipper: California London Style Gin Flight – favorite gin was the No. 209 San Francisco CA
Gives the appetizer gold to: Wild Salmon Croquettes
Won’t miss Olympic event: Any swimming event with Ryan Lochte

Shelly
Favorite sipper: The English Ale
Gives the appetizer gold to: Miniature English Scones with House Preserves and Clotted Cream (crazy good!)
Won’t miss Olympic event: Women’s gymnastics
Vanessa
Favorite sipper: The house sangria
Gives the appetizer gold to: Wild Salmon Croquettes with Pickled Cucumbers
Won’t miss Olympic event: Women’s gymnastics

Kim
Favorite sipper: What the Blue Blazes, but loved the presentation of the California London Style Gin Flight
Gives the appetizer gold to: Artisan Sausages with the Horseradish Mustard
Won’t miss Olympic event: Swimming!

Liz
Favorite sipper: What the Blue Blazes (this isn’t part of the Olympic Happy Hour menu, but it’s delish!)
Gives the appetizer gold to: Chilled Watanabe Tomato “Tea” with marinated baby tomatoes
Won’t miss Olympic event: Gymnastics! It’s the most nerve-wracking sport to watch
Rachel
Favorite sipper: The No Pimm’s no. 1 Cup
Gives the appetizer gold to: The Scotch Eggs with Jalapeno Remoulade
Won’t miss Olympic event: Women’s gymnastics and diving

Tracy
Favorite sipper: The No Pimm’s no. 1 Cup – so refreshing and scores a gold for presentation
Gives the appetizer gold to: Artisan Sausages with Flavored Mustards
Won’t miss Olympic event: Women’s gymnastics – I hold my breath during each event!

Sallie
Favorite sipper: The No Pimm’s no. 1 Cup – huge fan of Pimm’s cup and this one did not disappoint!
Gives the appetizer gold to: The English Style Cheeses with Chutneys and Pickles
Won’t miss Olympic event: The water sports – swimming, diving and water polo

This high tea happy hour runs for only a limited time until August 12 from 3-6 p.m. daily, so head over to the Grange to cheer on Team USA in true foodie fashion.

A special thank you to the Grange and Chef Oliver Ridgeway for providing us with a complimentary spread of their happy hour menu.

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  • Andrew Calisterio | Jul 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    thanks for the love the West Bengal Cocktail was the cocktail that earned me first place in California for a state wide cocktail competition

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