Why Memsahib and Gin & Tea Bar?
The Memsahib Gin and Tea bar is inspired by the British Raj period, during which many Anglo-Indian women settled in Cheltenham.
The Memsahib can simply be defined as a European woman in India during this period. Repeatedly mentioned in history books, these Anglo-Indian women are recognised for empowering women in India, whilst introducing Cheltenham to the Anglo-Indian culture. Bridging a gap between the nation, people and heritage.
In India, the Memsahib would host a feast in the comfort of her own home for her family and friends. At the Memsahib Gin and Tea bar, we wanted to recreate this in our cosy lounges and carefully crafted platters.
At our sister restaurant, East India Cafe, the combination of gin and tea proved very popular amongst our guests. And it was this, in addition to our love of gin, that inspired us to open a bar exclusively for gin and tea.
The Memsahibs’ Wall
Come and see the ‘Memsahibs’ Wall’. Charcoal drawn sketch of 5 influential women who lived and had a connection with Cheltenham and India – The wall of fame and women empowerment.
The story of Memsahibs to be told while drinking most quintessential British beverage – Gin & Tea.
Our Team of pionerring Gin enthusiasts include; Litu, Rasel and Rina whose research and development will reflect an innovative way of drinking gin and tea.
Litu and Rasel lead the team and Rina handles our guest relations. The team strives to bring out a new flavour of gin every month. If you would like to be a part of our vision and learn more about our Gin crafting process we would like to invite you to book one of our masterclasses.
A speakeasy-style stage room is ideal for our guest to organise events. The whole room can be reserved exclusively for a special occasion, celebration and wedding reception. The stage is equipped with sophisticated PA and music player system to use exclusively for every occasion.
“Our customers absolutely loved the idea of mixing gin and tea together and after extensive research, this is why we decided to open the Gin and Tea Bar,” said Rasel Mahmud
The World 1886 Victorian British Empire – Trade Route
What’s Next For Our Gin & Tea Bar
Our next planned venture will see us opening our second site in Oxford in 2019, followed by a third site in London.
Our goal is to eventually open the Gin and Tae bars around the globe, replicating the East India Trade route in the 19th Century.
Each bar will be unique and individually designed and branded, offering gin and tea experiences with Anglo-Indian inspired food to tell the tale of the British Raj and Memsahibs.