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Hong Kong's The Chinnery is back

The Chinnery

A portrait of The Chinnery's namesake hangs inside the entrance

The Chinnery, Hong Kong’s infamous old school British pub and whisky den, has emerged from a refresh and is now back open.

The well known dining spot and bar is located on level one of the city’s Mandarin Oriental hotel and for 60-odd years has served guests a menu of traditional British fare; think fish pie, curries and bread and butter pud. 

The space opened in 1963 as a private gentleman’s club in the former colony (women weren't admitted until 1990) and was named after nineteenth century British artist George Chinnery ,who dedicated his career to capturing British colonial scenes in India, Macau and Hong Kong. His self-portrait, along with other works, hang from the walls.

The Chinnery

The Chinnery began life as a gentleman's club

In-keeping with its history, The Chinnery boasts a look not much changed since its opening more than half a century ago of polished mahogany panelling, plush carpets and leather furnishings. The hotel describes this most recent upgrade as "subtle".

To mark the reopening, The Chinnery is serving a special ‘Taste of The Chinnery’ menu until August 30. It’s priced at HK$1,963 as a nod to the year it opened and includes classic dishes as well as new creations. Highlights include lamb samosa, tenderloin tartare, shepherd’s pie, Indian tikka chicken and Bengali mixed fish curry. 

The Chinnery is renowned for its legendary whisky collection which boasts more than 120 rare single-malt whiskies from Scotland, Japan, Taiwan and India. Veteran staff really know their stuff, serving whisky pairings as well as classic cocktails.

According to Mandarin Oriental, with The Chinnery’s refurb now complete, the Clipper Lounge and Cafe Causette are next on the renovation hit list over the remainder of the summer.

The Chinnery is open for lunch from Monday to Friday between 11.30am and 2.30pm and for dinner from Monday to Saturday between 6.30 and 10.30pm.

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