Hedonist Project Winter Lodge

The team at The Hedonist Project are set to reveal the latest incarnation for their regularly-changing Leeds bar – a winter ski lodge. They have put the shutters up on Trader Dan’s Surf Shack in Briggate and, over four days, are turning it into the new aprés-ski concept in partnership with Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands. Due …

Boutique RumFest

The UK’s leading trade event for new and independent rums and cachaças is back for a seventh year. Boutique RumFest takes place at the ILEC in London on October 21, showcasing over 30 exhibitors from all corners of the rum world – before the venue becomes consumer-focused extravaganza RumFest on the Saturday and Sunday. Running …

Lynx Purchasing salmon

Bars and other caterers are being urged by buying specialist Lynx Purchasing to lock in suppliers’ prices on food and drink to avoid uncertainty over the fall in sterling. With sterling having fallen sharply in the wake of the EU referendum in June, uncertainty over both pricing and availability is expected to be a factor …

Jeff Arnett and Nidal Ramini at The Glasgow Sessions

Three bartenders from Scotland are set to be taken to Tennessee and New York City by Jack Daniel’s in an initiative designed to provide mentorship. Bartenders have been challenged to create a cocktail using what they learned at last week’s event, The Glasgow Sessions – the first outing in Scotland from the team behind The …

Bierkeller Cardiff

Burning Night Group has raised over £1m for expansion of its group of bars in the first stage of a drive to raise funds through a peer-to-peer lending platform. It has set itself a target of raising £3.5m through Crowdstacker, one of the UK’s fastest-growing P2P lending platforms, offering 7% per annum interest to investors. …

Franklin & Sons Original Lemonade

Global Brands has launched a new flavour for its Franklin & Sons range of natural mixers, designed for mixing with premium spirits and as a stand-alone drink. Original Lemonade contains one of the highest percentages of natural lemon juice on the market, specifically sourced from Argentinian lemons to achieve a citrus hit in a clear …

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People around the world are being urged to tweet their descriptions of Laphroaig whisky for projecting onto the wall of its warehouse on Islay. Until Saturday (October 15), fans and foes of the single malt are asked to post their honest opinions on Twitter using the hashtag #OpinionsWelcome. The most imaginative opinions – whether good …

The Beer Kitchen Innis & Gunn Dundee

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has announced plans for two new sites for The Beer Kitchen concept after success in Edinburgh and Dundee. It is to open The Beer Kitchen in North Street in St Andrews in mid-November, serving good-quality food alongside a range of 14 brews on tap and a wide selection of bottled …

Rampur Indian single malt whisky

A single malt whisky, produced in the foothills of the Himalayas at India’s oldest distillery, has been launched in the UK. Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky is distilled in traditional copper pot stills and matured at the Rampur Distillery, which dates back to 1943. Under master blender Anup Barik, it is bottled without chill-filtration at …

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Two bartenders are off to Bordeaux for the global Marie Brizard Masters cocktail competition after winning the UK final. Both from London, they are Andrei Pantiru, bar manager of 14LSQ in Leicester Square, and Ciprian Zsraga from Wringer & Mangle in London Fields. They impressed the judges with their interpretation of the competition’s Art Deco …