Angus Winchester (centre) beside Louis Lewis-Smith and Alex Winchester

Angus Winchester has left Wild West Group, which owns the Dark Horse Bar in Bath and Crying Wolf in Bristol, having spent two years with the group as as director of drinks & people, focussing on training and its beverage programme.

Winchester said: "After two years back in hardcore full-time operations at The Dark Horse I have stepped down and am pondering my next moves and reflecting on these past years that reminded me how hard it is to run a bar in a smaller market but how deeply satisfying practising great hospitality is.

"It rekindled my love for actually 'doing it' after some years of 'talking about how to do it' but was thrilled that all that time working on the theory over the last decade came to fruition on just about each and every shift."

The veteren hospitality consultant, trainer and educator said he was taking time to "rest, recharge and restore" and that he was thinking about spending more time in his "second home of South Asia".

Winchester has held roles across the global bar industry. In the US, he was the Tanqueray global ambassador and then vice president of training for Barmetrix. More recently he added education director for BCB and executive director for the Tokyo-based Ginposium to his CV.