Crossroads

Crossroads, a new cocktail bar with a sustainable ethos and community feel, has opened in Camden, London. Zoe Fryday reports Aiming to breathe new life into Camden’s drinking scene, the opening of Crossroads is music to one’s ears – a bit of positivity that’s much-needed in 2020. Run by Bart Miedekza and his wife Monika, …

Pink Prosecco

Slim Wine founder Paul Anthony Gidley is bringing Pink Prosecco DOC Rosé to the UK on-trade. Produced at a Treviso winery, owned by the vice president of the Prosecco Council, Pink Prosecco uses a blend of Glera and Pinot Noir grapes. The latter gives the liquid its pink hue. With a “fruitier nose” than standard …

The UK’s hospitality sector saw sales plummet by 48% in the third quarter of 2020, the latest Quarterly Tracker from UKHospitality and CGA reveals. It equates to a shortfall of £17bn on the same quarter in 2019. Hospitality’s sales for the 12 months to the end of September totalled £80.3bn, the Tracker shows—£53.2bn less than …

Hospitality closed sign

On Saturday (31 October), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will move into a second national lockdown, confirming that all hospitality businesses will have to close from Thursday. The month-long lockdown comes into force at 12.01am on Thursday 5 November and will last until 2 December. There is, however, a possibility of it being …

The Drinks Trust survey

The Drinks Trust has launched the Drinks Industry Survey to understand the needs of workers in the hospitality and drinks industries and to help evolve its services and support. Created by We Are Wellbeing in association with Best Bar None, insurance specialist NDML, Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the …

Five Farms Irish Cream

McCormick Distilling, producer of Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur and Broker’s Gin, is bringing Five Farms Irish Cream to the UK on-trade. Entirely sourced and produced in County Cork, Ireland, Five Farms is created by combining single batches of fresh cream with premium triple-distilled Irish whiskey. The brand’s name derives from the five family-owned farms …

Hospitality trade bodies UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and the British Beer & Pub Association have revealed that just 1% of hospitality venues across the UK have been linked to NHS Test and Trace incidences. The finding, from a survey of members of all three trade associations conducted by hospitality market research company CGA, …

York Gin Chocolate & Orange

York Gin has developed a chocolate and orange-flavoured gin, inspired by the famous Terry’s Chocolate Orange. York is famous for its chocolate-making history. The Chocolate Orange was invented and manufactured in the city’s Terry’s chocolate factory from 1932 until 2005. A homage to the product, the new full-strength gin is created using cocoa beans and …

Salcombe Gin 'Phantom'

Sauternes estate Château Climens has partnered with Devon’s Salcombe Distilling Company to create a new cask-aged gin, marking the sixth release in the limited edition Voyager Series. Named ‘Phantom’ after one of the Salcombe Fruit Schooners built in the small Devon port in 1867, the gin is inspired by the unique characteristics of Sauternes wines. …

Art of Italicus 2020 Aperitivo Challenge Glo-cal Edition

Italian aperitivo brand Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto has launched the Art of Italicus 2020 Aperitivo Challenge: Glo-cal Edition, a global platform to support bartenders. Replacing the annual Art of Italicus Aperitivo Challenge bartender competition, the new initiative is inspired by “thinking global, with local ingredients”. Up to eight bars and bartenders have been chosen from …