Lancashire bartender wins place in UKBG final

Simon Liptrott

Simon Liptrott (pictured), owner of Boca Café Bar in the Lancashire town of Poulton-le-Fylde, has won the northern heat of UK Bartenders Guild (UKBG) National Cocktail Competition.

He created an indulgent and rich Woodie’s Chocolate Truffle, a luxurious cocktail full of golden chocolaty tones, winning a place in the final that will take place in London on September 20.

The competition, held at Boca Café Bar, was sponsored by Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum and challenged the seven competitors to create a cocktail containing at least 35ml of the rum and up to five ingredients.

In second place was Jake Beaverstock from Voodoo Café and Bar in Darlington, County Durham, who created the Transatlantic Punch “full of blueberries and mystery”.

In third place, Massimo Risi from The Craignelder Hotel in Stranraer, created a cocktail full of character, named Hello Sailor, made with Wood’s 100 Old Navy Rum, peach schnapps, Strega, grenadine and pineapple juice.

The London heat will be held on June 24 followed by the southern heat on July 8 at the Captains Club in Christchurch, Dorest, when more bartenders will battle it out for a place in the final and the chance to represent the UK in the IBA World Cocktail Championship in Bulgaria next year.

The UKBG is also running its Young Bar Tender of the Year competition for bartenders under the age of 28. Sponsored by Bénédictine, it will have three heats where contestants will need to create a cocktail featuring Bénédictine and demonstrate their knowledge of the brand.

To enter the UKBG National Cocktail Competition entrants must be members of the UKBG to compete, with annual membership available from £35. Visit

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