Bartenders create new bar to ‘shake up cocktail scene’

Jim Wrigley (left) Jeremy Thompson Jewitt (right)Three leading bartenders have joined forces to launch a new east London bar promising “eclectic cocktails using gorgeous ingredients”.

Made in the Shade is due to open on Wednesday (March 5) in the former premises of Bacchus bar in Hoxton Street, with ambitions to “shake up the London cocktail scene”.

It has been developed by three experienced bartenders, including Jim Wrigley (pictured left), who has worked at top London bars such as Albannach and the Lonsdale and was brand ambassador for Santa Teresa rum.

He has been joined by Jeremy Thompson Jewitt (pictured right) of Apres London in the West End who has also worked at other top London bars such as Lonsdale, Match Bar, Trailer Happiness, 43 South Molton and Bungalow 8.

The trio is completed by the bar’s general manager Peter Lewis who has worked at establishments such as The Ivy, Cafe Pacifico and Hakkasan in London as well as overseas. He also worked in a global brand ambassador role for Jose Cuervo tequila.

Describing Made in the Shade as the “embodiment of their absolute ultimate bar”, their eclectic cocktail list uses ingredients such as thyme-infused agave, lavender and pine syrup and fresh turmeric. Their drinks will be served with hand-sawn chunks of ice.

TV chef Patrick Williams has created modern English dishes with a Caribbean soul food twist, using ingredients sourced from local vendors. Dishes will include oxtail spring rolls, yam dauphinoise, escovitch fish, salt fish fritters and jerk belly pork with pickled onion mash.

As well as the main bar area, the venue includes an outside garden, a games room with ping pong, and a private bar.

Jeremy said: “Our idea was to create an experience – somewhere where you have the perfect mix of everything you would want under the comfort of your very own palm tree.

“The name ‘Made in the Shade’ comes from the classic Americana phrase that means the ideal situation or place, and this is exactly what we’ve strived to create. Everyone should be able to seek out their perfect shady spot once they step through our doors.”

Made in the Shade will be open Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm until midnight with food served from 6pm until 10pm, and on Sundays from 1pm until midnight with food served until 10pm.

During the day, Made in the Shade will be available as an adaptable space for events such as music gigs and fashion and arts exhibitions, as well as corporate events and private parties.

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