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End of Plan B heralds new era, says UKHosptiality

Trade association UKHospitality has welcomed the removal of Plan B guidance, saying the hospitality industry can now fully begin its recovery.

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Class Bar Awards opens for entries

The Class Bar Awards - which aims to recognise the bars and bartenders who set the standard for hospitality and innovation across the UK, returns on Tuesday 24th May in London - is now open for entries. 

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Silver Leaf to launch at Liverpool Street hotel

Chris Tanner, Simo of Milroy’s and Liam Broom, former bar manager at Callooh Callay, have announced the opening of a new cocktail bar at Pan Pacific hotel in London.

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St James Bar appoints ex-American Bar man as head bartender

Sofitel London St James has announced the appointment of Angelo Sparvoli, formerly of Kwānt and American Bar, as new Head Bartender of the hotel’s St James Bar.

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Scotland’s hospitality restrictions “indefensible” and “pointless”

Ahead of the First Minister’s briefing tomorrow (Tues 18 Jan), Scotland’s hospitality operators are calling for the Scottish Government to end restrictions, branding them “indefensible” and “pointless”.

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Pernod Ricard UK begins distributing La Hechicera

Pernod Ricard UK has become the new distributor for Colombian rum La Hechicera, after mother company Pernod Ricard acquired a majority stake in the brand for an undisclosed sum in March 2021.

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LCC owner Nightcap announces double-digit growth

Nightcap, the owner of London Cocktail Club among a portfolio of 27 bars, has announced net sales of £15.5m million for the first half of the 2021/2022 financial year, with a net sales increase of 46%.

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Avallen becomes a certified B Corp

Avallen, the Calvados brand founded by Stephanie Jordan and Tim Etherington-Judge, has become a certified B Corporation, a designation for the world’s leading sustainable and ethical companies.

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Bacardi launches non-alcoholic spirit brand Palette

Bacardi has announced the launch of a new non-alcoholic spirit brand created, in collaboration with Amsterdam-based bartenders. 

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Healthy Hospo launches GoFundMe to stave off bankruptcy

Healthy Hospo has launched a GoFundMe, looking to raise £10,000 to continue its work supporting hospitality professionals around the world.

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NZ's Cardrona Distillery opens entries to first cocktail comp

Cardrona Distillery has opened entries to UK bartenders to its inaugural cocktail competition, Cardrona Club.

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One in three UK drinkers regularly choosing low or no alcohol drinks

UK drinkers are increasingly choosing low and no alcohol products year-round according to the fourth annual survey into UK drinking habits conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Portman Group.

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BYOC Camden owner opens new Ukraine-inspired bar

Pinch, an eighty-cover cocktail bar has opened in Fitzrovia, London offering a “modern take on Ukrainian vodka infusions”.

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What brands do bars use? DI's Brands Report 2022 launches

Seeking to provide intel on the buying behaviour of the best bars in the world, Drinks International's Annual Brands Report has launched. 

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Sunak's £1bn fund for hospitality "doesn't go far enough"

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced measures to support England’s hospitality sector this festive period as Omicron cases rise.

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UK hospitality businesses set to lose £4 billion this December as customers cancel bookings

The government’s Plan B initiative to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will see hospitality businesses across the UK lose £4 billion of revenue in December alone, a report by UK Hospitality and Croydon Business Improvement District has found.

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Bars, restaurants and pubs could be forced to close in England under Covid Plan D

Hospitality venues could be forced to close again if a rumoured Covid Plan D is implemented to limit the steep increase of cases of the Omicron variant.

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Connaught Bar triumphs again at The World's 50 Best Bars

Connaught Bar from London was named the World’s Best Bar for the second year running in The World’s 50 Best Bars list, which was unveiled at the annual ceremony at Roundhouse in London tonight (December 7).

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Former Savoy man Elon Soddu to open “five-star neighbourhood bar”

Elon Soddu, former head mixologist at The Savoy, will open his debut venue, Amaro, on Wednesday December 8 in Kensington, near Hyde Park.

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Class Bar Awards to return in 2022

The Class Bar Awards will return next year with a ceremony in London on May 24th.

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The UK ups presence in The World's 50 Best Bars' 51-100 list

The UK is the second largest contributor to The World’s 50 Best Bars 51-100 list, upping its membership from four to five bars for 2021.

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Swift launches new menu

Swift Soho has announced the launch of its new Legends menu, drawing inspiration from famous drinkers throughout history.

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Ryan Chetiyawardana to launch Shoreditch bar

Ryan Chetiyawardana and the Mr Lyan team will return to East London with a new bar at hotel One Hundred Shoreditch in early 2022.

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Belvedere Organic Infusions launches

Belvedere Organic Infusions is a range of super premium 100% organic-certified flavoured vodkas made with unique combinations of fruit and botanical infusions.

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Nightcap acquires Barrio Familia bar group

Nightcap PLC has acquired the London-based bar group, Barrio Familia for a reported £4.9 million. 

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Lyaness announces the launch of its third menu

Lyaness has announced the launch of its third menu, which will be available in Ryan Chetiyawardana’s acclaimed Southbank bar this November.

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CLASS Winter edition launches

Our last issue of the year has landed in bars across the UK and subscribers can access the digital magazine here. Not subscribed? Bartenders can sign up for a digital or hard copy here. So what have we got for you in this issue? Well, a few months on from an apocalyptic period in which Trailer Happiness was hit by the pandemic, drowned in flash floods, then buried in unyielding insurance paperwork, Sly Augustin is just about smiling again. His story is one of darkness fading to light, as the bar community raised a wall of arms around him. Simply, Trailer Happiness wasn’t allowed to fail. In this edition of Class we catch up with Augustin, screwdriver in hand, in the process of rebuilding what he now has the good fortune to know is a cherished institution. Where possible, this magazine tries to look on the upside too. In pieces by Danny Murphy, Edmund Weil and Oli Dodd, we have three separate takes on the mounting staff shortage – each seeking to find ways forward and workable solutions.

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Scotland's vaccine passport roll out "extremely alarming"

UKHospitality has said the prospect of Scotland rolling out vaccine passports to more venues will be "extremely alarming" news for the country's hospitality sector. 

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Registration for the CLASSROOM featuring The Busker Irish Whiskey

The CLASSROOM in association with The Busker Irish Whiskey is now open for UK bartenders to register.

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The Drinks Trust launches industry survey

The Drinks Trust has launched its Industry Survey 2021 to capture the current mood of the drinks industry and  understand issues better, including diversity and inclusion.