The Savoy’s world-famous American Bar has reopened with a new Head Bartender, Shannon Tebay; the hotel’s first female head bartender since Ada Coleman was at the helm over a hundred years ago and the first American leading the American Bar team. Shannon’s experience in hospitality spans a decade; for seven years she was part of the team at Manhattan’s celebrated Death & Company where she rose to the position of Head Bartender.
Since joining The Savoy in August, Shannon and her talented team have been busy preparing a brand-new menu, which will be launched officially in November this year.
In the meantime, guests at the American Bar will be able to experience a taste of things to come in the form of a limited edition offering that will only be available from Monday to Thursday from 4pm. This interim cocktail experience will be a beautifully honed collection of 15 elegant drinks, designed by Shannon as a precursor to the forthcoming new menu and a teaser of the exciting things planned for the bar.
The American Bar first opened in 1893 and is the oldest surviving cocktail bar in Britain. It is an icon in cocktail history and has played host to legendary bartenders – historic figures such as Harry Craddock, author of The Savoy Cocktail Book, and Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman. It has garnered a multitude of awards during its history, winning World’s Best Bar at the Spirited Awards in 2018 and World’s Best Bar in the World’s 50 Best in 2017.