The Savoy Cocktail Book

The Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock (Constable & Co., London, first published 1930)

Introduced by Emma Balch at the PBFA Premium Book Fair, Bristol 


I joined rare book dealer, Roger Gaskell, at the PBFA (and ABA) Premium Book Fair last week at The Passenger Shed in Bristol. Between us we returned with a good haul of books, prints and curiosities. There was one book that I was VERY tempted to buy, but in the end resisted it. The Savoy Cocktail Book, even without the dust jacket, was out of my budget, but it was so gorgeous I had to take some photos.


Harry Craddock was one of the great bartenders of the 1920s and ’30s and worked at The Savoy Hotel in London from 1920 to 1938.  His collection of 750 cocktails was first published in 1930, and is still in print today.

savoy cocktail.jpg

The stunning illustrations are by Gilbert Rumbold and the bold colours and art deco style. Gilbert Rumbold was a Kent-based artist who had lost one arm in a train accident.

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