Bramwell Pub Company has begun roll-out of a new drinking and casual dining concept, reports Mark Ludmon The New World is the inspiration behind a new bar and casual dining concept being rolled out by Bramwell Pub Company. Sites in Reading, Southampton and Banbury in Oxfordshire have already been converted to Wild Lime Bar & …

Investment has put Novus Leisure in a strong position as its CEO prepares to depart, reports Mark Ludmon When Steve Richards took up the helm of the newly formed Novus Leisure eight years ago, it was made up of 36 late-night bars taken on from Urbium. Since then, a mix of disposals and acquisitions such …

Haywood Drinks Products has added the Eliot’s Mysthic range, a collection of premium-quality flavoured vodka drinks, to its portfolio. After being previewed at the Northern Restaurant & Bars show in Manchester in March, the range is now going on sale in the UK, with variants such as Violet, Chocolate, Red, Black, Green and Gold. Suitable …

Koji, a new premium soft drink inspired by a traditional Japanese infusion process, has been introduced to the on-trade by Future Drinks. It has 49 calories per bottle and is an additive-free and crisp lightly sparkling fruit drink. It is available in two flavours in 330ml bottles: Lemon & Ginger and Mandarin & Cranberry, with …

Mark Ludmon explores the “ruin bars” and cocktail destinations of Budapest At the global final of this year’s Bols Around The World cocktail competition in Amsterdam, I witnessed Hungary’s Gábor Onufer triumph in a tough competition that featured top bartenders from far-flung locations such as China, New Zealand, Colombia and Aberdeen. So when I came …

Simone Caporale Bloom Gin

Simone Caporale (pictured), a bartender at the Artesian bar at London’s Langham Hotel, won the first cocktail competition organised by Bloom gin. He beat nine other talented competitors with his Lavender Daisy, fresh and feminine cocktail that reflects the delicate floral notes of the gin. It is made with 50ml Bloom gin, 20ml of lemon …