Tesco’s bar cart is £355 less than this designer version

If you’re wondering how the pandemic has impacted interiors trends, then look no further than the humble bar cart. While once you’d be hard pushed to find a drinks trolley in any of the homes on your street, they’ve now had a major comeback.

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This is largely down to an increase in hosting in our homes; we’re excited to have people round again after lockdown, and it avoids the stress of being in crowded spaces for those who are particularly worried about Covid. This increasing zest for hosting has led to an uptick in sales for tableware and bar accessories, including drinks trolleys.

While the drinks trolley first appeared in Victorian times, offering a convenient way to middle and upper-class women to host tea parties in their homes, the modern versions look sleek and sophisticated, while retaining some of that art deco charm.

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Luxe Round Bamboo Gold Drinks Trolley, £395, Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas, for example, has a beautiful bar cart in a luxe gold colour, featuring a mixture of marble and burnished mirrored shelves. Wheeling this out at a cocktail party would definitely make an impression on guests.

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However, at £395 the Oliver Bonas bar cart is certainly not cheap – which is why a similar-looking Tesco version (above), costing just £40, might just tickle your fancy instead. It also features a striking gold and mirrored finish, and the eye-catching round shape of more expensive versions. Available in-store only, the Tesco drinks trolley is also available in black (although our preference is gold all the way).

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And, once you’ve got your bar cart, you of course need to decide on your drinks offering. Look this way for a host of delicious cocktail recipes from our resident expert Olly Smith, as well as canape ideas from Food Editor Eleanor Maidment. Cheers!