New Caribbean Inspired Bar and Café to Open in South Manchester

Marigot Bay Bar & Cafe Logo#BeInspired

A new Caribbean inspired venue is to open within King’s Court of Altrincham, South Manchester on July 20th, 2018.

Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast Ltd has chosen the attractive leisure and office complex of King’s Court and its secluded courtyard off one of the main streets of the Cheshire town as the home of his first bar and café. Marigot Bay Bar & Café, named after Marigot Bay of St Lucia in the Caribbean, is the creation of several years of inspiration and experiences, finally coming together to offer South Manchester a bar and café that takes you through the many tropical islands via chilled island beers, tropical cocktails and some of the finest Caribbean coffee and cocoa available.

With the walls adorned with memorabilia picked up from Dave’s travels to the Caribbean, including Marigot Bay itself, Marigot Bay Bar & Café re-creates the tranquil, relaxing experience of the bay, located on the western coast of Saint Lucia and surrounded on three sides by steep, forested hills with the inland portion of the bay forming a hurricane hole used to shelter boats from hurricanes. It’s here that it’s famous for its calming waters and palm tree lined beaches that offer a quiet escape from the hustle of city life. It’s this that Dave has re-created, meaning low ambient and traditional Caribbean radio, a focus on traditional drink serves and attentive table service.

Marigot Bay Bar & Café has a capacity of 30 seating, with a first-come-first-serve policy during its hours of operation. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, Marigot Bay Bar & Café focuses on Caribbean origins, including a selection of beers such as Banks of Barbados and Carib of Trinidad and Tobago, coffee sourced from the famous Blue Mountain region of Jamaica and a selection of rum and rhums from across the Caribbean islands, including Chairman’s Reserve of St Lucia, Foursquare of Barbados, Appleton Estate of Jamaica, Havana Club of Cuba and Rhum Clément of Martinique.

Chairman's Reserve

There’s also a focus on the traditional rum serves found on the islands themselves, including the Pusser’s Painkiller, known as the “Official Cocktail of the British Virgin Islands”, Havana Club’s original Cuban Mojito and Gosling’s Black Seal, the tempest in Bermuda’s favourite cocktail the Dark ‘n Stormy. The menu is coupled with a selection of non-rum favourites that can be found on the bars across the Caribbean too, as well as mixers such as fresh coconut water and Ting, the sparkling Jamaican grapefruit juice.

Marigot Bay itself is a historic landmark, having been the site of several battles between the French and British navies, meaning a great opportunity to focus on some of the islands favourite rums that honour the naval history of St Lucia. Expressions from the recent released Admiral Rodney range will be available to experience in special guided tutorials that focus on the aromas and flavour perception of each.

With tribute to Meimi Sanchez, Global Brand Ambassador for Havana Club and her sensory masterclass technique, Marigot Bay Bar & Café has ruled out the usual live music element seen in most venues, instead opting for low-level background music from traditional Caribbean radio stations, producing a calmer experience for all customers and releasing optimum emotions when enjoying a tipple of choice.

Dave himself has over a decade of experience within the drinks industry, creating brand agency Drinks Enthusiast in 2011, Manchester Rum Festival in 2017, Bassano Bar @ PizzaExpress in 2017, co-owner of spirits retail business Riddles Emporium in Altrincham and a national social media and publication presence as a drinks journalist.

Opening Hours;
Wednesday-Friday from 5pm to late and from 12noon to late on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Marigot Bay Bar & Café, 6 King’s Court, Railway Street, Altrincham, WA14 2RD


Coffee Culture Meets Cocktail Hour For The Coffee Revolution


A nation of coffee lovers are now enjoying their favourite drink from morning cup through to evening cocktail, as the UK’s love for coffee booms.

Research shows that almost half of cocktail drinkers regularly choose flavoured cocktails including those mixed with coffee (source: CGA Mixed Drinks Report 2016). From the classic Espresso Martini, to new and innovative serves like the Tia Maria Mint Frappe, coffee cocktails have never been more in demand.

Tia Maria, the UK’s favourite coffee liqueur[1], is leading this trend with a selection of new serves that unite coffee culture and cocktail hour. The Tia Maria + Coffee Project launches at London Cocktail Week 3 – 9 October, where coffee connoisseurs can sip on cocktails unlike anything they’ve ever tasted before. Serves will be crafted by renowned mixologists working alongside Square Mile Coffee Roasters’ Anette Moldvaer.

Tia Maria ambassador Rod Eslamieh says; “There’s an increasing love for coffee cocktails, which can be seen at world-class bars in London and beyond, while artisan coffee houses are now serving cocktails through the night as a café nightlife culture continues to emerge. The bartender and barista play a very similar role so it’s no surprise we’ve brought the two together to drive this new coffee revolution.”

No other liqueur can make a coffee cocktail quite like Tia Maria, an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the finest fresh Arabica coffee beans roasted to perfection, complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. Tia Maria is made using a blend of 100% Arabica coffee, among the best in the world, providing strong character, a full-bodied taste, and a sweet tendency. The beans are expertly roasted, ground and left to macerate to produce this exceptional coffee liqueur.

Oliver Turner, UK Country Director at Tia Maria, adds; “With the taste for coffee at an all-time high, coffee cocktails have never been more popular and Tia Maria is certainly happy to be leading the charge. We’re urging all coffee lovers out there to unite and join us.”

Available nationwide, RRP £15.00 – £16.00 (70cl).

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Mr Black

Mr Black

Coffee liqueurs are a staple of many a bar and restaurant, with the likes of Tia Maria and Kahlua some of the mainstays. But as with a lot of spirits these past few years, there’s been a call for some re-imagination.

Mr Black, the cold press coffee liqueur, is such that.

Back in 2012, two Australian’s from Sydney going by the name of Tom Baker (designer) and Philip Moore (one of Australia’s highest awarded distillers) united over their love of coffee. Over 9 months of trials followed to create Mr Black, the first all coffee liqueur, resulting in a gold medal at the London International Wine and Spirits competition.

But to get to such triumphs, what makes the cold press such an important aspect to Mr Black?

Different coffee beans are used, resulting in a variety of roasting profiles and different flavours. Specifically, Brazilian Arabica (a combination of the more traditional French roast and a lighter roast), Ethiopean Djimmah (a light-medium roast that offers fruit, toffee and chocolate flavours) and PNG (offers a zesty, citrus orange marmalade flavour). To gain such flavours from the beans though, Mr Black uses cold-extraction. A process that is done at significantly lower temperatures to espresso (23 degrees), resulting in a less acidic brew yet an abundance of the coffee bean flavours. Creating a coffee that can stand up to blending with spirits though is a different matter, and Mr Black use a significantly higher coffee-to-water ratio as well as a longer steep time than traditional cold brew.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Mr Black – 25%

Freshly brewed espresso notes on the nose, with an underlining citrus zest coming through. Slightly bitter upon the palate, yet balanced out with roasted chocolate, caramel and hints of toffee. A lingering finish.

Does exactly what it says on the bottle, and make a cracking cocktail, a recipe taken from

Mr Black Rye Ball

Something very different indeed, and from the Australians, the country that really knows how to offer artisan coffee houses and liquids. Worthy of a place within your drinks cabinet for sure.

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Gemma Cairney Unlocks The Door To The Tia Maria Dark Room

Tia Maria Dark Room

Stylish curator holds key to ultimate girls’ night out as unique series of events sweeps the UK

16th and 17th May see The Tia Maria Dark Room fling open its glamorous doors, making its debut in Manchester before taking Nottingham (4th and 5th July), Glasgow (15th and 16th August) and London (10th and 11th October) by storm. This year the not-to-be-missed series of events, curated by radio and TV personality Gemma Cairney, will be a celebration of all the best bits of a girl’s night out.

Guests will be treated to a complimentary manicure courtesy of a glamorous team of expert nail technicians from cult East London nail art boutique WAH Nails. The team down at WAH nails personally designed five stunning nail art creations with the rich, vibrant Tia Maria colour palette, all inspired by the decadent Tia Espresso, a timeless cocktail blending espresso, vodka and Tia Maria.

Also taking residence at The Tia Maria Dark Room will be stylists from leading salon Toni & Guy who will be teasing, tonging and twirling guests’ hair into the hottest hair trends of 2014.

The soundtrack to these exclusive nights will be an upbeat mix of dance floor fillers and classic party tracks from The Tia Maria Dark Room curator and DJ Gemma Cairney and live performances from talented local singer songwriters.

Guests will have the chance to channel their inner mixologist by shaking and stirring their own Tia Espresso whilst learning all about the exotic qualities of this sophisticated coffee liqueur.

Last year saw multiple BRIT Award Nominee Laura Mvula curate the Tia Maria Music Room, the first incarnation of these nights, which was unveiled at London’s Century Club to a rapturous reception from press before setting off on a tour of the UK. Mvula launched the series in style with a breathtaking performance of her celebrated debut album Sing To The Moon. The Tia Maria Dark Room is an evolution of this concept branching out from a sole focus on music to encompass style and beauty.

Gemma Cairney, The Tia Maria Dark Room curator commented: “BOOM shake, shake the room. Organising a party is my total favourite thing to do. I’ve put together friend’s hen do’s on party buses, spent most birthday’s herding all of my friends to dance around country houses and once aged 7, had a ‘fashion party’ where all my friend’s put together a catwalk show for our parents at the end. I like fun, boogieing and getting dressed up! Curting Tia Maria’s Dark Room around the country is an honour, expect a damn good night out & where your sparkliest. Expect surprise DJ sets, mesmerising live music and glitter.”

An array of other decadent cocktails will be served by the master blenders at The Tia Maria Dark Room, including the muse behind the limited edition WAH Nails designs, the Tia Espresso; the simple, yet stunning Dark Maria, a delicious mix of Tia Maria, Cola and dark Caribbean rum and the refreshing Tia and Ginger, a fiery combination of Jamaican ginger beer complimented by Tia Maria and lime.

Twitter: @TiaMariaDrink

The Tia Maria Dark Room 2014

· 16th – 17th May – Manchester

· 4th & 5th July – Nottingham

· 15th & 16th August – Glasgow

· 10th & 11th October – London (Cocktail Week)


Liqueur Coffee Tasting Notes

liqueur coffee

Right around the time of Lu Lin Tea’s contacting me, I noticed another brand on Twitter going by the name of Liqueur Coffee. They haven’t been around for long but I wondered how instead of seeing how cocktails and coffee mix together, but coffee and spirit mixing in general aka liqueur coffee’s that you would find on any bar menu. Intrigued to see how versatile the Liqueur Coffee range were, I asked for a few samples and began experimenting.

Liqueur Coffee Fairtrade Organic Java

Rich nose with a slight earth aroma coming through. Bold flavours of damp earth mix with hints of spice on the palate to create a long finish.

With Locke’s 8yr – Ripe, fruity nose with the spice of the coffee more dominant. Rather strong yet light on the palate with a perfume feel.
With Baileys – Deep, bold and creamy on the nose with a velvet texture on the palate. Earth notes come through slowly.

liqueur coffeeLiqueur Coffee Vincenza

Light and creamy on the nose with a fresh, smooth citrus finish on the palate.

With Monkey Shoulder – Fresh citrus zest on the nose with a slight sharpness. Smooth palate with a kick in the middle, but returns to a light lingering finish.
With Havana Club 7yr – Very light and fruity on the nose with a well-balanced palate and a hint of vanilla near the end.

Liqueur Coffee Blue Mountain Blend

Sharp, strong nose of sweet fudge, with the sweetness carrying onto the palate, and bitter malt coming through.

With Monkey Shoulder – Fudge notes with subtle citrus aromas on the nose, a more well-rounded palate with the sweetness coming though more.
With Locke’s 8yr – Dry fruit scents on the nose with a strong flavour of fresh malt on the palate that created a lingering finish.

Personally, the Vincenza seemed to be the most versatile when it came to the blending with spirits. Cream liqueurs I’d recommend to float on top (i didn’t within my experiment) but all three were great on their own, with Blue Mountain Blend my favourite.

As you can imagine, these can be easily recreated at home, and I’m sure you’ll even start to see Liqueur Coffee in a cafe near you soon.

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