Hickory Food launches new pop-up bar business


Hickory Bars

A new business for running pop-up and mobile bars has been launched by Scottish catering and events company Hickory Food.

Hickory Bars will offer contemporary and stylish bars that promise imaginative drinks and exceptional service, whether at a major festival or a wedding.

It will be run by two new additions to the team, Adam Murphy and Harry Olorunda who have a background in hospitality and bars – Adam was previously with Aberdeen-based events bar company 10 Dollar Shake.

Hickory Bars will officially launch at the annual Royal Highland Show, running from June 23 to 26 near Edinburgh, with an artisan gin bar, The Botanical Garden. It will be part of a new line-up of bars devised by the show’s organisers to be smaller high-quality drinking destinations.

Adam said: “I am a massive gin fan and, coming into the summer, I love fresh gin drinks, using simple ingredients and interesting herbs and infusions made with local and foraged ingredients.

“I am currently a big fan of tequila and the range of agave-based spirits that are really growing over the last while so I will be trying to use artisan tequilas, mezcal and sotol where I can change people’s perception of the category.”

Stephanie Stubbs, marketing director for East Lothian-based Hickory, said: “The addition of Hickory Bars to our business was a natural step for us. We already offer a comprehensive catering and events service, so adding a bar offering to our core product offering made complete sense.

“The flexibility of a pop up bar means that we can adapt it to suit any event, whether it’s a floral, botanical gin bar for 1,000 people at the Royal Highland Show, or a Scottish-themed whisky snug for a wedding. We will use our well-known creativity in our bars just as much as we do in our food, aiming to leave a lasting impression on guests.”

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