A History Of
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.
Our team of pioneering gin and tea enthusiasts include; Litu, Rasel and Rina whose research and development will reflect an innovative way of fusing and drinking both gin and tea simultaneously.
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.
Visit our Private Hire page for more informaiton.
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.
The Memsahib Micro Distillery
Since opening, the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar has become well known for its array of international and in-house crafted gins. Research and innovation in the food and beverage industry is at the heart of our values, with that being said, we’re adding a gin micro-distillery to the Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar.
We will be distilling our very own Memsahib Gin, from spiced infused dry gin to fruitful flavoured gins we are all familiar with. Naturally, the Memsahib micro-distillery will add to our assortment of gins from around the world that our guests have come to love.
The Memsahib micro-distillery will also provide the backdrop for exciting gin distillation and infusion classes/tastings for guests who appreciate the art. Further still, reservations for private events and team building exercises can be made.
The Memsahib micro-distillery will be open to guests later this year! We look forward to welcoming you soon.
To make an online reservation for up to seven guests please click the ‘Make a Reservation’ button below.
For group reservations of eight guests or more, please contact our reservations team on 01242 583 377 or by completing our group reservations form here.
We look forward to greeting you at the World’s First Gin and Tea Bar