A new London Dry Gin, Sparrow, is to be introduced in the UK after successful trials at Drake & Morgan bars in London. The small-batch gin has been developed by Tim Moore of Analogue Spirits, based in Peckham Rye, south- east London.With an ABV of 41.6 per cent, its key botanicals include grapefruit peel, sweet orange …

Beverage Brands is launching a new variant of RTD brand WKD, developed specifically for the late-night bar and club sector. WKD Club Edition, aimed at 18- to 25-year-old males, was made available at the end of March to just 200 outlets. It comes in distinctive, stylish black 275ml bottles featuring ultraviolet-activated graphics on the neck …

A new cherry flavour variant has been introduced for Southern Comfort, targeted for “late-night, high-energy occasions” in bars, pubs and clubs. Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry is infused with natural cherry flavours to deliver a smooth, full flavour that complements the whiskey in the 35 per cent ABV liqueur. It is being promoted for serving …

A new bar has opened in a former strip club in the basement below London restaurant Hawksmoor Spitalfields. Like Hawksmoor’s other sites, the 60-cover bar was designed by interior architects Macaulay Sinclair, using reclaimed materials. These include a polished brass wall made from Art Deco lift doors and blue-patterned mirrors, all salvaged from a 1920s …

The first draught vodka has been introduced into the UK after trials in bars have shown it increases sales and reduces wastage. The Vodka One font, launched by leading drinks company Hi-Spirits, delivers a certified measure of 25ml or 35ml at a perfectly chilled one degree Centigrade within one second. It is supported by built-in …

A new “intelligent wholesale” business, Ooberstock, has been launched to revolutionise the way drinks are distributed to the licensed trade. It promises greater transparency, lower prices, improved customer choice and more flexibility on drinks ranges and delivery times. It was founded by Arran Heal, a former Coca-Cola Enterprises sales and marketing executive with 17 years’ experience in …

The former Royal Well Tavern in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has been transformed into a new bar and restaurant,The Tavern, by Sam and Georgie Pearman, who also own the Wheatsheaf Inn in nearby Northleach. Inspired by bars and restaurants in New York, Paris and London, they have introduced bold, uncluttered interiors across the two floors, with a 10-metre …

Burger restaurant group Byron has introduced a new craft beer list including the addition of an ale made exclusively by the Camden Town Brewery. Byron Pale Ale has a bright golden colour and aromas of citrus and tropical fruit and a dry finish, available in all the restaurants for £4.25 per 330ml bottle. Byron founder …

Everyone loves lists. From the world’s top 50 bars to the 100 best kebab shops, they bring lively debate and discussion and a sense of achievement for those included. The latest list for the hospitality industry is the first NRB Top 50 which was revealed at a special reception at the Northern Restaurant & Bar …