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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.

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'Bringing the bar home' the team behind Homeboy launches online store

The team behind Homeboy bars has announced the launch of a new online store, The Bottle Cocktail Shop. Founders Ciarán Smith and Aaron Wall sit down with CLASS to talk about the new project.

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Autumn Budget 2021: Sunak announces alcohol duty overhaul

In the Autumn Budget to Parliament, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced to simplify alcohol duties in a new system that will see taxed according to their alcohol content.

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The Drinks Trust partners with Equal Measures

The Drinks Trust has announced its partnership with Equal Measures to offer educational courses and mentoring to individuals, as well as supporting businesses to improve their internal practices. 

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Fentimans launches Crafted for Mixing campaign with Joe Schofield

Fentimans has unveiled the first edition of a new multi-part mixer campaign, Crafted for Mixing, telling the stories, inspiration and journeys behind the craft of the world’s best chefs and bartenders.

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MOJO Sheffield launch raises over £7,000 for PACT

Bar group MOJO celebrated the launch of its first Sheffield venue by raising over £7,000 for the Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia (PACT). 

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Fundraiser to be held in tribute to Douglas Ankrah

A fundraiser has been announced in celebration of Douglas Ankrah, the Lab co-founder and inventor of the Pornstar Martini, who sadly passed away in August.

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WSTA calls on the government to freeze alcohol duty

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling on the government to cut alcohol duty as booze is set to hit record prices over the festive period.

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Fever-Tree becomes carbon neutral in the UK

Fever-Tree has announced that all mixers sold in the UK are now carbon neutral, the brand’s first step towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral across all regions by 2025.

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Spirits Network invites UK bartender to audition for new cocktail competition

New York-based media company NBTV Studios has announced the launch of the streaming platform, Spirits Network, and is inviting UK bartenders to audition for its inaugural UK programme, Shake Off.

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Former Zetter Townhouse bartender launches The Bottled Cocktail Company

Kievan Nemati, the former bar manager at Zetter Townhouse, has launched The Bottled Cocktail Company with a range of bottled classic cocktails.

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Coupette and Maison Sassy collaborate to launch new calvados range

World-renowned cocktail bar, Coupette has teamed up with French cider house, Maison Sassy to create the brand’s first calvados.

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Streaming platform Spirits Network to launch with cocktail competition

Media company NBTV Studios has announced the UK soft launch of Spirits Network, claimed to be “the world’s first shoppable entertainment streaming network”.

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Bartenders' Brand Awards 2022 opens for entries

Entries for the CLASS Bartenders’ Brand Awards 2022 are now open.

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Fords Gin to host a series of Martini and oyster events for London Cocktail Week

London-based Fords Gin has announced a series of pop-up events for London Cocktail Week pairing Martinis with oysters.

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Bars, parties, education and launches - the highlights of LCW

London Cocktail Week - once again extended to the whole month of October 2021 - starts tomorrow. CLASS spoke to the organisers of LCW to get a lowdown on key trade events.