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Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown on berry cordial and ratafia

As we approach the British berry season, we need to plan ahead. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown are armed with recipes to make sure the summer bounty lasts into autumn. 

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Callooh Callay to add two London sites before UK roll out

Richard Wynne, the owner of Shoreditch bar Callooh Callay, has outlined an ambitious expansion plan that could see him launch 10-15 bars over the next four to five years.

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The bartender's staycation: Your guide to Newcastle

Neil Donachie of Mother Mercy offers up his top picks of the finest from the growing crop of bars and restaurants that the ‘Toon’ has to offer.

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The story of scurvy, seafaring and the Gimlet

Clinton Cawood peels back the layers on a cocktail with a rich seafaring history.

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Class Bar Awards 2022 finalists announced

Class is thrilled to announce the finalists of the Class Bar Awards 2022, ahead of the ceremony at Oval Space in Bethnal Green, London on May 24th.

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Cocktails, spirits and ADHD

Hannah Lanfear, founder of The Mixing Class, believes a significant share of the bar industry workforce is neurodivergent and that, with understanding and awareness, that's a good thing.

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Dead Rabbit's Northern Irish creators part ways and announce new bars

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, the Northern Irish founders of The Dead Rabbit in New York, have announced a parting of ways.

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Eric Yu on 30 years of London bars

Eric Yu has recently celebrated 30 years of the Breakfast Group. Hamish Smith caught up with the hospitality pioneer to talk about three decades of London venues – and a few more to come.

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Spring drinks: gorse, primrose, hawthorn flowers and birch sap

The first bounty of spring yields myriad opportunities for foraging. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown lead us on the trail of the finest free ingredients nature has to offer at this time.

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Bar review: Silverleaf at Pan Pacific

Silverleaf has probably been the most talked about London launch of 2022. Hamish Smith makes the Pan Pacific bar his latest in-depth review. 

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John Ennis on the road to recovery and Salt Dog Slims Manchester

John Ennis, co-owner of Graffiti Spirits Group in Liverpool, talks to Hamish Smith about hospitality’s recovery in the North West and his new openings in Manchester. 

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Jim Meehan on Banks and the evolution of rum

Class speaks to Jim Meehan, who recounts the early days of the cocktail renaissance and the spirits and cocktail landscape from which PDT and Banks Rums were launched. 

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Nightjar Carnaby readies for launch

The owners of Speakeasy Entertainment, Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson, are about to launch Nightjar Carnaby, Class can exclusively reveal.

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Everleaf opens entries to new UK competition

Non-alcoholic aperitif brand, Everleaf is launching a nationwide competition which invites UK bartenders to create an enticing spritz serve that transports the drinker to one of Everleaf’s three biomes.

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Bartenders at war: Kyiv's Dima Shovkoplias speaks from the frontline

In an article first published in Class' sister title Drinks International, Hamish Smith interviews Dima Shovkoplias of Ukraine's most celebrated bar, Parovoz Speak Easy in Kyiv. 

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Winter drinks with birch, pine and rosehips

Winter might be the dormant season, but Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown still find plenty of jobs to do to make sure they get the most out of their garden year-round.

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How to make jams for cocktails

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown aren't out in the garden as much in winter, but that doesn't stop them making jellies that can be shaken into luscious two-ingredient tipples.

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Garden to glass: Rosehip drinks

One of winter's wonders, the rosehip is a versatile addition to any home kitchen and bar. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown reveal some of their favourite uses for this flavoursome fruit.

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Florodora - the tale of the tribute cocktail that outlived its inspiration

With its stage musical roots, this fruity pick-me-up gives Jane Ryan a rich history to pick through.

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The Milk Punch: the story of a very English drink

Jane Ryan unpicks the history of this English classic.

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The bartender's staycation: Ben Alcock's guide to Bristol bars

Ben Alcock, of HMSS and Filthy XIII, steers us through the drinking highlights of the gateway to the south west.

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Bar review: Junior Jackson's

Does the idea of an American dive bar work outside of its homeland? Hamish Smith reviews Junior Jackson’s in Manchester

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Zdenek Kastanek on ridding the world of single-use spirits packaging

A spirits distribution system that lowers waste and carbon emissions has been launched in the UK. Zdenek Kastanek speaks to Hamish Smith about Ecospirits and its war on single-use packaging.

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Sly Augustin on the ruin and resurrection of Trailer Happiness

Trailer Happiness was struck by a freak weather event this summer, just days before the pandemic restrictions ended. Sly Augustin talks to Hamish Smith about bad luck that is starting to turn good. 

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Golden oldie: the tale of the Champagne Cocktail

Jane Ryan hits the history books again to determine the origins of probably the oldest classic cocktail known to the world.

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Cherry picking flavour - how to think seasonally

Monica Berg looks at how to get the most out of seasonal ingredients by concentrating on flavour rather than locality.

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Smashing pumpkins: seasonal drinks in October

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown share some suggestions for jumping on the pumpkin bandwagon to make the most of this perennial seasonal favourite.

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An interview with the American Bar's Shannon Tebay

The American Bar’s new head bartender is only the second woman – and the first American – to hold the post. Hamish Smith catches up with her ambitions for the historic site. 

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Bar review: Skylight Peckham

After an 18-month absence, Class' reviews are back. First up, Hamish Smith charts the rise - and democratisation - of the high-rise bar.

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Anna Sebastian on creating a new hospitality culture

Anna Sebastian was one of many to leave operations this year. She reflects on what needs to change, if not for the current generation of hospitality workers, for those of the future.