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The Inspiration Behind Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar

A History Of

Memsahib

The Memsahib Gin and Tea bar is inspired by the British Raj period. ‘British-Raj’ – Hindi Colloquiums referring to the sovereign British who governed India for nearly a century culminating in 1947.

‘Memsahib’ was the term given to the European women famed for empowering women in India in the early 20th century. It is for this reason that Memsahib’s are able to claim their place in history as allies of the advancement of women in India in the early 20th century.

The Memsahibs were not only recognised for empowering women in India, but also for hosting feasts in the comfort of their own homes for family and friends. This would be a time of joy and togetherness and served as the inspiration for the cosy lounges and carefully crafted platters lovingly set out at Memsahib Gin and Tear Bar.

Many of the Anglo-Indian women settled in Cheltenham following the end of British governance. Continuing to foster relationships, they bridged the gap between Anglo-Indian culture, people, and heritage.

At our sister restaurant, East India Cafe, the combination of gin and tea has proven incredibly popular amongst our guests. This only fuelled our love of gin, compelling us to open a bar exclusively for gin and tea to delight and satisfy our guests.

We invite you to join us at Memsahib to join us in the celebration of Anglo-Indian culture and togetherness.

Meet The

Founders

Our team of pioneering gin and tea enthusiasts are Litu, Rasel and Rina together they founded Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar, believed to be the first of its kind in the world. Together their research led to the development of the innovative way of infusing gin with tea. Co-founder Litu Mohiuddin is also Managing Director of One More One Group, the business group behind Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar. Having worked with renowned chefs in fine-dining and fusion multi-cuisine establishments, Litu has developed a passion for researching and creating unique, Anglo-Indian inspired drinks and dishes. He also enjoys adapting traditional recipes by bringing his own flair to the flavours and aesthetics. Litu is a Michelin Guide and Good Food Award winning chef. He regularly plays hosts to our highly popular series of Masterclasses.

Co-founder and Deputy Managing Director of One More One Group, Rasel Mahmud is also Technical Director of Land Ocean Farm UK. Rasel leads the day-to-day operations of Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar. He is a self-confessed food fanatic and is passionate about working with the team delivering with the team an outstanding customer experience on every visit.

Last but by no means least, the final member of the Memsahib Gin & Tea Bar co-founding trio is Rina Saha. Rina is the Chairperson of One More One Group also a nutritionist and a health and wellbeing expert. Rina advises the chefs and trains the front of house staff in customer service skills, bringing to life that Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar experience. Rina also works on Friday and Saturday evenings communicating with customers and helping to ensure customer satisfaction.

Explore The

Spaces

A speakeasy-style stage room is the perfect space for both formal and informal events. The whole room can be reserved exclusively for special occasions, celebrations and wedding receptions.

The stage is fully equipped with a sophisticated state of the art public address and music system to use exclusively for events held with us.

Explore The

Spaces

A speakeasy-style stage room is the perfect space for both formal and informal events. The whole room can be reserved exclusively for special occasions, celebrations and wedding receptions.

The stage is fully equipped with a sophisticated state of the art public address and music system to use exclusively for events held with us.

Discover The

Memsahibs

Peruse our very own ‘Memsahibs’ Wall’. Original, charcoal hand-drawn sketches of five influential ‘Memsahibs’ who lived in and had a connection with both Cheltenham and India – The Memsahibs wall of fame and women empowerment.

The story of Memsahibs is to be told while enjoying the most quintessential British beverages – Gin and Tea.

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Reservation

Reserve The Time For An Unforgettable Experience

World Inspired Food, Premium Cocktails, House Crafted Gins, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Chai (Tea) & Crafted Beers.
We Look Forward To Greeting You At The World’s First Gin And Tea Bar.

47 – 49 Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1PJ, United Kingdom
+44 1242 583377
Opening Hours:
Wed – Thu: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Mon-Tue Closed
hello@ginandteabar.com

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