Pop Up Gin Garden @ The Muse Café, Western Australian Museum, W.A.

On Thursday 21st March, A and I were lucky enough to receive a media invite to attend the ‘one night only’ Pop Up Gin Garden that was held at The Muse Café, Western Australian Museum.

This event was to complement the exhibition “Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour that is now on display at the Western Australian Museum and is on loan from the V&A Museum in London.

Wedding Dresses on display

Wedding Dresses on display

The Pop Up Gin Garden was organised by three Perth based companies – Hippocampus Memorable Drinks, Heyder & Shears Exclusive Caterers and the Muse Café to present an evening that celebrated all things British with guests enjoying delicious beverages, including U.K. artisan spirit brand Sipsmith, English inspired snacks, outdoor games and live music.

Croquet

Croquet – image courtesy of Bruno Charpentier

When we walked through the Museum entrance to get to the Muse Café’s outdoor area, we were greeted by a waitress holding a tray of Prawn and Raspberry Cucumber Cups. The canape had an interesting flavour combination of prawns and raspberry – it worked though!

Prawn and Raspberry Cucumber Cups

Prawn and Raspberry Cucumber Cups

We were presented with a playing card each, which was to serve as our drink token. This entitled us to either a Sipsmith London Dry Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, Sipsmith Barley Vodka and Fever Tree Soda or a Sipsmith Summer Cup with Fever Tree Lemonade or Ginger Ale. A and I ordered a G&T each. Sipsmith beverages are distilled in London’s first micro distillery in 189 years and were complimented with British organic mixers, Fever Tree.

U.K. artisan spirit brand, Sipsmith

U.K. artisan spirit brand, Sipsmith

After we received our drink, A and I wandered over to the other end of the bar area where the cocktails were being made. There were two cocktails on offer, Tom Collins with mint (Sipsmith gin, lemon and soda) or A day at Wimbleton (Sipsmith gin, strawberry, cucumber and soda). Since we attended a cocktail class at Canton Lounge Bar, A and I have been bitten by the cocktail bug and spent some time watching the bartenders whip up these creations.

Cocktail Area

Cocktail Area

It didn’t take us long to find the food, with Heyder & Shears Exclusive Caterers providing a few English favourites to snack on.

A and I ordered the Ploughman’s ($12) and Handmade Cornish Pasty ($7) to try. The Ploughman’s featured chicken & pistachio terrine, ham off the bone, cheddar, piccalilli, cress salad and sourdough. The terrine was the highlight for A and I, but we also enjoyed the flavour combination of ham, cheese, piccalilli (relish of pickled vegetables) on sourdough.

Ploughman's

Ploughman’s

The handmade Cornish pasty was another excellent dish. The shortcrust pastry was a perfect golden colour that was soft but a little flaky on top. The filling was packed with the traditional filling of beef and the pasty’s flavour won A and I over.

Handmade Cornish Pasty

Handmade Cornish Pasty

Walking around the venue, we watched a few games of life-sized chess, croquet, and badminton.

life-sized chess

Life-sized chess

The vibe was amazing within the Pop Up Gin Garden, with the atmosphere staying casual throughout the evening but the venue seemingly more ambient when the sun went down.

The Gin Garden

The Gin Garden

A and I had an excellent evening and highly recommend attending the next Pop Up Gin Garden event in Perth, which I’ve been told may occur again soon.

Many thanks to Sarah from Hippocampus Memorable Drinks for inviting A and I to the event.

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