Industry news round-up: December 2, 2013

Godfrey Russell, Myles Doran and Kate EastwoodOur weekly round-up of industry news, for November 25 to December 2, 2013

New management and £10m spend for Revolution
Inventive Leisure has strengthened its management team with new appointments as it prepares to invest a total of £10million in 37 of its Revolution bars – over half of its estate – by May 2014. It will follow this year’s £7million programme to invest in 26 of the 66 bars. It has appointed Godfrey Russell to director of property, Kate Eastwood as director of business development and Myles Doran to the new position of director of drinks trading. Pictured above, left to right: Godfrey Russell, Myles Doran and Kate Eastwood.
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Luminar develops Lucky Voice karaoke offering
The Luminar Group is building on the karaoke offering in its nightclubs through a new agreement with karaoke specialist Lucky Voice. It has installed the Lucky Voice Enterprise system in a VIP room at its new venue Pryzm in Kingston upon Thames in south London, which has been opened after a £1million investment. While Luminar already operates karaoke rooms with Lucky Voice in some of its 55 clubs, it is the first time that the company has installed Lucky Voice Enterprise as an additional attraction for one of its existing VIP rooms.
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Jägermeister ads support bars and clubs
A new outdoor advertising campaign for Jägermeister during the Christmas period will focus on areas with high footfall that are close to bars and clubs. Launching today, the multi-million-pound campaign comprises over 8,000 six-sheet outdoor ads across major UK cities. There will also be several premium “mega portrait” sites across London, while presence on the London Underground network will be the biggest to date with over 450 ads.
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Search for top 50 in northern hospitality
Nominations are being sought for the third annual NRB Top 50 awards which recognise the 50 most influential hospitality operators based in the north of England. The line-up will be chosen by a panel of experts from the Russell Partnership. To make a nomination, visit by January 17, 2014. The NRB Top 50 will be announced at Northern Restaurant & Bar in Manchester on March 18 and 19.
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Awards launched for casual dining design
New awards have been launched to recognise the best in interior design for restaurants, bars and pubs in the casual dining sector. They have been created by Diversified Communications UK, organisers of the new trade event Casual Dining which takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, next year.
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Two Birds add gin for cocktail bars
The team behind Two Birds London Dry Gin have developed a new gin that has been created specifically for using in cocktails in the on-trade. Two Birds Cocktail Gin is produced through a distillation process that means the gin has a more intense juniper flavour so that when it is mixed with other spirits and ingredients, the predominant flavour of juniper is not diluted and lost.
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Craft Beer Co to open fifth bar
Roll-out of The Craft Beer Co bars is to reach five sites with the opening this week of the company’s fifth site in Clapham, south London. It is turning the former Manor Arms pub in Clapham Manor Street into a craft beer bar offering over 30 beers on draught plus more craft beers from around the world in bottles.
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Maker’s Mark seeks bartenders’ treasures
The team at Maker’s Mark bourbon have issued an appeal to the UK’s bartending community to submit pictures of their most prized treasures for The Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove. The best will be displayed on a dedicated pinboard on Pinterest, while a live exhibition of the best pieces will follow next year. Bartenders are asked to email the picture plus a short explanation along with a cocktail recipe using “rare and coveted” ingredients to The overall prize will be a trip to the distillery in Kentucky.
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Imperial stout brings Turkish Delight
A new limited-edition imperial stout has been released by London brewer Fuller’s that recreates a classic beer style that dates back to the 18th century. It has been given a unique twist by infusing the beer with dried rose buds during the maturation process to give it a hint of Turkish Delight. It was created by the brewery team, headed by master brewer John Keeling, with leading beer expert Melissa Cole.
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New look for cloudy cider brand
Cloudy cider Addlestones from The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has been relaunched with a new look across all products, glassware, fonts and point-of-sale materials. The new designs maintain the brand’s familiar logo that consumers recognise but the new look aims to extend the cider’s appeal to new more experimental drinkers looking to discover craft products.
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Bowmore releases 50-year-old whisky
A 50-year-old expression is being launched for Islay single malt Bowmore as part of its range of extremely limited range of whiskies. It has been matured in two ex-bourbon hogshead casks which have produced 200 bottles of the new whisky.
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Courvoisier celebrates spontaneity in Paris
Andrej Ličko of Paramount in the West End won a “spontaneous” cocktail competition held in Paris by Courvoisier as part of a prize for consumers linked to its “Here’s To Now” campaign to attract new cognac drinkers. He travelled with fellow London bartenders Esther Medina Cuesta, formerly of Opium in Chinatown, and Francesco Turrini of Lanes of London, to the French capital on Friday for a 24-hour trip that included a challenge to make a punch using Courvoisier and a basket of surprise ingredients.
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Luxury hotel to auction bar furnishings
Furnishings and “artefacts” from London’s luxury Lanesborough hotel, including its Library and Garden Room bars, are to be auctioned off from December 9 to 13 before it closes on December 20 for a major refurbishment. It will reopen during the last three months of 2014 after undergoing an extensive renovation project devised by the late designer Alberto Pinto.
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Winners announced in Northern Design Awards
Bar designer Simon McIlwraith of Collective Design has been named interior designer of the year in the Northern Design Awards. Simon won the award after impressing the judges with his project Pleased To Meet You, a bar specialising in gin, draught craft beer and food in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. Other awards included best bar/restaurant interior design for The Oyster Catcher restaurant and bar in Rhosneigr on Anglesey in north Wales, designed by Lister Carter.
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Licensee convicted for illegal Sky Sports
A licensee in Plymouth has been convicted for illegally showing Sky Sports football on TV after an acquittal by magistrates was overturned in the High Court. Stanley Ashton of the Friary Vaults in St Judes, Plymouth, was convicted after a prosecution by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) for showing Sky Sports programmes in his bar using a domestic system.
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Tea and coffee inspire Mojo bartenders
Mojo bar in Leeds has teamed up with Taylors of Harrogate to create special cocktails using the supplier’s teas and coffees. Bartenders Adam Wilson and Sam Fish created a “Taylors take” on five classic cocktails, using infusions and syrups made from products such as camomile tea, green tea, Earl Grey tea and Yorkshire Tea.
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RedLeg to open Caribbean pop-up
A pop-up Caribbean Rum Shack is to open for spiced rum RedLeg, featuring art and music alongside cocktails. Blavod Drinks is creating the bar in a former art gallery at 64 Charlotte Road in Shoreditch, east London, which will run from December 11 to 14.
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Day of the Dead craft beers reach UK
A range of Mexican craft beers, called Day of the Dead, is being introduced in the UK by specialist world beer importer Pierhead. The six beers are brewed in Tecate by Cerveceria Mexicana, Mexico’s third largest brewery. It includes a porter, an IPA and a pale ale, marking a departure from established Mexican brewing that has traditionally focused on light lagers.
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75cl bottles added for Alhambra Reserva
A limited number of exclusive 75cl champagne-corked bottles of Spain’s Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer have been brought to the UK by drinks importer Morgenrot. Ideal for sharing, it is packaged in larger versions of Alhambra Reserva 1925’s elegant and embossed green 330ml bottles. They come in a case of 12.
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New look for Hayman’s navy-strength gin
Hayman Distillers has rolled out a repackaging of its gins to its higher-strength Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin. The new look brings it in line with Hayman’s core gin range, which was relaunched in June with branding that emphasises the owners’ rich history as a family gin distiller dating back to 1863.
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New distillery for The Macallan
Spirits producer Edrington has announced that a new distillery and visitor centre is to be built on Speyside for The Macallan whisky. It will invest more than £100million in the project, pictured below in an artist’s impression. Subject to receiving planning consent, work will begin in autumn 2014 and is due to be completed in spring 2017.
Artist Impression of new Macallan distillery and Visitors Centre
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