Rhum Fest Paris 2019 – The Sugar Cane Journey

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The 6th edition of the Rhum Fest Paris will be held in the Grande Halle at the Parc Floral in Vincennes in a 2,800 m2 exhibition space on 13-15th April. With more than 180 brands and nearly 60 countries represented, it has established itself as a vibrant market place with the aim of becoming the leading European rum show.

Rhum Fest Paris: THE major European rum market place

The show doubles its size into a bright and airy environment, for visitors to taste and communicate with rum experts.

This space creates more scope for fresh activities and new formats for stands and offers brands the opportunity to present immersive, personalized spaces. Finding your way around the show is made easy with a hall that is entirely geared to welcoming visitors, exhibitors and journalists, including:

– 6 entrance zones for the public
– 1 entrance zone exclusively for exhibitors
– 1 entrance zone for media guests

Bigger than ever before, and also taking things to another level, Rhum Fest Paris aims to be at the heart of the rum culture and its market in Europe. Thanks to the market place set up on the site, Rhum Fest Paris helps producers, distributors and importers to establish contact and initiate business.

Finally, to avoid queues, this new venue has 5 different food outlets with:
– An indoor restaurant
– 3 world food trucks (Martinique, Venezuela, Afro-Caribbean)
– 1 snack bar for fast service

Not to mention the classic features of Rhum Fest Paris:
– The masterclass marquee
– The entertainment tents with, among other things, an intriguing escape-room game with a rum theme
– Dedicated enclosures so brands can flex all their immersive creativity:
– The novelty bar – All things new and adventurous
– Calypso cocktail bar
– The pop-up Christian de Montaguère boutique – A fantasy of rum and Caribbean delights

In short, Rhum Fest Paris is still a serious rum festival but with even more to appeal to professional visitors and consumer rum fans.

Dates and times

Public days
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2019
From 12 noon to 6:30pm

Trade day for professionals in the drinks business
Monday 15 April 2019
From 10am to 5pm

Place
Grande Halle du Parc Floral – Vincennes

Ticketing and accreditation
http://www.rhumfestparis.com

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Manchester Rum Festival Returns For Third Year

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Rum advocate and Manchester based Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast is bringing back Manchester Rum Festival for a 3rd year running, hosting it at the new event and exhibition space Brickworks, within Barton Arcade on Deansgate.

Saturday 8th June 2019 will see an expansion of the previous two sold-out festivals, resulting in both an afternoon and evening session for the first time, with ticket prices frozen from the 2018 festival, staying at £20 per person.

“SEMINAR ROOM ADDED TO 2019”

The festival, created by Dave in 2017 to show that Manchester and the North of England are contributing in a major way to the growing rum category, will feature for the first time a seminar room that will house some of the world’s best rum speakers, brand owners and cocktail bartenders.

It will also see the return of Revolución de Cuba as the festivals bar supporter, offering a variety of rum cocktails through their Cuban bar experience. The in-house festival shop will also be present once again, this time hosted by Marigot Bay Bar and Café, the latest venture opened by Dave in July 2018 in Altrincham. Alston Bar and Beef are also returning as one of the festival’s food vendors.

 “REVOLUCION DE CUBA RETURN”

Exhibitors will be announced over the coming months through the festival website and social media pages, as well as further activities around the city.

To purchase tickets, visit www.manchesterrumfestival.com

Dave has been involved in the drinks industry for 12 years, working with a variety of rum brands and companies to expand their business into the North of England, culminating in Manchester Rum Festival in 2017 and Caribbean inspired venue Marigot Bay Bar and Café in 2018. The announcement of the 3rd festival comes on-the-heels of Dave earning a top 4 position in the 2018 Rum Barrel Awards for UK Rum Advocate of the Year.

Havana Club Throws Global Cocktail Party To Celebrate ‘Old Fashioned’ Week

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Gather your friends and celebrate Old Fashioned Week in style this year with a free Havana Club 7 cocktail at the Havana Club ‘Seven Heaven’ parties around the world on 7th November 2018.

Inspired by the cult of the number seven, Havana Club 7 is taking over seven bars across Europe and Latin America at 7pm (local time) and invites cocktail lovers to discover a new and exotic twist on the father of all cocktails – a Havana Club 7 Old Fashioned, crafted with the rum born and made in the streets of Havana.

The list of bars taking part includes:

Solange Bar, Barcelona
Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
Baltra, Mexico City
Xaman, Mexico City
Baba au Rum, Athens
Ipitou, Athens
No Entry by Big Mama, Paris

Entry to the cocktail party and one Havana Club 7 Old Fashioned per head are free of charge but bookings are essential via Eventbrite.

Meimi Sanchez, Havana Club Global Brand Ambassador, added: “The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that will never go out of style, but an Old Fashioned made with Havana Club 7 offers a fresh taste of Cuba that provides a tropical twist that’s perfect for modern palates. Join us at our Seven Heaven cocktail party across Europe on the 7th November and be part of the rum revolution!”

Crafted for the first time in the 1970s from a range of different aged rum bases and a new continuous ageing process, Havana Club 7 Years Old was the first ever extra-aged Cuban rum and offers a variety of deep flavours including tobacco, sweet fruit and spices.

Goslings Old Rum Family Reserve: Announcing a New Old Look for Their Old Rum

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The outside is all new. The inside is all old. Goslings Old Rum Family Reserve has a new look!

Judged the number one aged rum in the world*. This award-winning Rum has the same delectable Goslings Old Rum recipe, but with new more contemporary packaging.

In 1806, London wine and spirits merchant James Gosling set out from England with $10,000 of merchandise bound for the Virginias. The voyage was a difficult one. Ninety-one consecutive days of calm left the crew and passengers in dire straits and the charter was fast running out.

The ship eventually made port in St. Georges, Bermuda, where Gosling and his family decided to set up shop rather than press on to America. James Gosling opened a shop in December 1806 and when he returned to England in 1824 his brother Ambrose moved the business to the new capital, Hamilton. In 1857 the firm was renamed Gosling Brothers by Ambrose’s sons. Three years later the first oak barrels of rum distillate arrived in Bermuda and three years after that (after much trial and error) the distinctive Bermuda black rum destined to be Black Seal was formulated and offered for sale. They didn’t call it Black Seal at first. In fact, up until the First World War it was sold straight from the barrel, and most folks brought in their own bottles for a “fill up”. Eventually the black rum was sold in champagne bottles, reclaimed from the British Officer’s Mess, and the corks sealed with black sealing wax. Pretty soon people began to ask for the bottle with the “Black Seal”. Many years later the idea of the iconic barrel juggling “Black Seal” was born.

Appropriately called Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum, it is crafted from the same incomparable Bermuda blend that is used for their renowned Black Seal Rum, left it resting in oak barrels even longer, until it has acquired that luscious, nuanced complexity often compared to a rare Cognac. Consider it the ultimate sipping rum still presented in champagne bottles reminiscent of the past.

Just in time for Christmas this Old Rum has a new, more elegant packaging. Nestled in a box surrounded by the colour reminiscent of the liquid itself. A richer looking, pure black label. Complemented by a few choice words on the Goslings history and a personal signature of Malcom Gosling a 7 th-generation family member himself.

All designed to enhance any shelf fortunate enough to display this sumptuous rum. In store or at home.

Poured carefully at the finest holiday parties for generations.

Sip it neat and savour the same Old Rum taste that has been enjoyed and loved for generations.

Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum is available to buy now from Amazon for £48.32. The rum comes in a 70cl with an ABV of 40%.

Please Do Tell: Banks Rums And Jim Meehan Share Discoveries With Bars Across Europe

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This October, world-renowned bartender and co-founder of Banks Rums, Jim Meehan, embarked on a European tour to share discoveries and experiences from his time in the industry. Joining Banks Rums, Jim visited key on-trade accounts to recount stories from his newly launched, award winning book, Meehan’s Bartender Manual.

Starting in Amsterdam before visiting Copenhagen and Düsseldorf, the tour ended at Berlin’s one-room, saloon bar Windhorst, during the prestigious Bar Convent Berlin trade show. Each bar created a bespoke, limited edition menu inspired by the rich and complex flavours of Banks Rums.

A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
Just as Joseph Banks embarked upon a journey that would allow him to discover and share his findings in botany with the world, Meehan’s Bartender Manual provides a rich and layered insight into the bar industry. As an acclaimed mixologist and bar owner who has unparalleled experience in the on-trade, the tour was an opportunity to discuss some interesting stories and discoveries from the tome. Jim covered a range of topics from the history of cocktails and bartending, to drinks mixing, menu development and of course spirit innovation through his own experience creating Banks Rums.

THE CURIOUS, SPIRITED & BRAVE
A true innovator in the bartending world and the embodiment of a modern-day explorer, Jim harnessed his pioneering spirit to open cult New York speakeasy PDT in 2007 before co-founding Banks Rums the following year with the aim of creating a white rum of unparalleled depth and flavour. Mirroring Joseph Banks’ pacesetting voyages of discovery in the 18th Century, Banks Rums has transcended perceptions by using some of the world’s finest rums from the East and West Indies to create its unique blends.

Demonstrating his commitment to pushing the boundaries, Jim was one of the founding partners of nonprofit organisation (P)our; an initiative dedicated to sharing, educating and supporting the global on-trade community. Meehan’s curiosity and passion for cocktails and spirits was recognised at the 2009 TOTC Spirited Awards for “World’s Best Cocktail Bar” soon followed by the “Outstanding Bar Program Award” from the James Beard Foundation in 2012 before being awarded “Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book” at the 2018 TOTC Spirited Awards for Meehan’s Bartender Manual.

DEPTH OF FLAVOUR
Throughout the tour, the selected venues served one-time-only menus that reflected the spirit of Jim Meehan and Banks Rums. From Jim’s Five Island Flamingo creation at Grand Pu Bar, Düsseldorf, to the House Punch made with Banks 5 Island Blend, fino sherry, Napoleon Manderine, rooibos and lemon at House Bar, Amsterdam, each serve showcases the unparalleled depth of flavour that shines through any drink, lending
texture and body.

The tour itinerary was as follows:

1. 3 October: House Bar, Amsterdam
2. 4 October: Lidkoeb, Copenhagen
3. 5 October: Grand Pu Bar, Düsseldorf
4. 8 October: Windhorst, Berlin

Follow Banks Rums on Instagram @BanksRums #BanksRums

Lakaz Rom – Your Go-To UK Rum Search Engine And Price Comparison Site

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Rumming.co.uk has launched Lakaz Rom, the UK’s first search and price comparison website exclusively for the world’s most versatile and incredible spirit, rum!

Aggregating prices and information for over 4,700 rums across 10 major UK online spirits merchants, Lakaz Rom allows rum drinkers, connoisseurs and bargain hunters to compare online rum prices in a single visit, with purchase as usual through the retailer. Users can browse rums by country of origin and the site also features ‘Rum of the week’, ‘Discounted Rums of the Day’ and ‘Rums with Free Shipping’, all giving a different view of our vast rum database made accessible in a user-friendly way.

We want to help dispel the myth that rum is a cheap pirate drink, and to do this we will be working with rum brands and retailers to promote this wonderful cane spirit, which most rum lovers can tell you should be on par with the finest and most respected spirits out there. You can also envy the most expensive rums from our database, by visiting ‘Some Expensive Rums…’, you might be surprised! Chris Mathurin, co-founder of Rumming.co.uk and creator of Lakaz Rom said: “I always wanted to become a ‘rumtrepreneur’, and Lakaz Rom combines my day job as a web developer with my love of rum and finding a good deal. We would not want to miss a good rum deal, so our ‘rum bots’ try their best to get the latest prices on a daily basis, ensuring the site is up-to-date with the latest information. More retailers will be added in the near future to bring even broader coverage and price visibility.

“Our favourite feature is ‘Discounted Rums of the Day’, as this lays out the largest discounts in one place instead of trawling through different websites on the off-chance of finding a reduction.

“There’ll also be spaces for ‘Rum of the Week’ and a ‘Featured Brand’. We always take the opportunity to get involved with the rum community and Lakaz Rom gives us the opportunity to partner with brands to promote their rums in a new way. Lakaz Rom is a search and comparison site for the rum people. “

Visit https://lakazrom.co.uk/ and start searching!

Saint Lucia Distillers Launches New Admiral Rodney Range of Super Premium Rums

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Saint Lucia Distillers is releasing two new rums to complement the existing award winning Admiral Rodney Rum. The new range will consist of three offerings with different ages and price points. All rums in the Admiral Rodney range are from Coffey Still distillates and have been aged in American white oak Bourbon casks. Admiral Rodney is Saint Lucia Distillers super premium brand with a reputation as one of the world’s best quality rums. Margaret Monplaisir, Managing Director of Saint Lucia Distillers commented “We are delighted to be able to expand our super premium brand
Admiral Rodney to include two new rums. These new additions allow us to showcase our portfolio of handcrafted aged rums and our commitment to quality”. Jack Rackham, Managing Director of Emporia Brands, added: “Admiral Rodney’s multiple awards and reputation as one of the world’s finest rums, has made us very ambitious to build the UK super premium rum market with this extended range and updated packaging.”

“Admiral Rodney Extra Old Saint Lucia Rum” was created in the 1980s, and launched in the UK by Emporia Brands in 2009, immediately winning the Rum Trophy at the International Spirits Challenge that year. The rum gained a reputation for quality given its blend of the distillery’s oldest rums, and was subsequently exported to Europe, North America and Asia. The brand has amassed over 40 medals in international spirits competitions and this success bears testimony to Saint Lucia Distillers commitment to artisanal rum making and the very highest standards of quality rum.

The new range celebrates the famous naval victory of Admiral George Rodney against the French at the Battle of the Saints in 1782 thus ensuring British domination of the Caribbean. Rodney’s fleet had made their base in the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean and awaited Admiral de Grasse’s French fleet to leave Martinique before their pursuit and ultimate victory. The names of the rums in the new range are taken from those ships who particularly distinguished themselves in the battle. HMS Princessa, HMS Royal Oak and Rodney’s flagship HMS Formidable excelled in the fighting and “broke the
Line” of the French fleet.

The HMS Princessa blend contains rums aged for 5 to 9 years, HMS Royal Oak has a blend of 7 to 12 years while HMS Formidable contains rums aged between 9 to 12 years. All rums are from the lower plates of our 45 plate Coffey still as these distillates have the balance of flavours which enable long maturation and result in a rum with balance, intensity and complexity. The retail price for these rums will be £46.25 for HMS Princessa, £51.75 for HMS Royal Oak and £71.95 for HMS Formidable, exclusively from The Whisky Exchange through August 2018.

Spirits Importer Emporia Brands Launches Bounty Rum, The Spirit of Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia Distillers, acknowledged as one of the foremost rum distilleries in the Caribbean, is launching the Bounty Rum brand in the United Kingdom during Notting Hill Carnival (26th & 27 th August 2018), the biggest carnival in Europe, in collaboration with its retail partners, Taste of Saint Lucia and the award-winning mid-century tiki bar Trailer Happiness – 177 Portobello Road, London.

“This new release will complement the existing brands of Chairman’s Reserve and Admiral Rodney, whilst establishing the origin of Saint Lucian rums” says Philip
Gillier, Export Manager at Saint Lucia Distillers. Bounty Rum – “The Spirit of Saint Lucia” – is the most popular brand in the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia. Launched in 1972, the brand is a staple of Saint Lucian life and is enjoyed by all Lucians as the national rum brand. Bounty has become a national icon and sponsors a whole range of cultural events such as Carnival, Independence Day, Jounen Kwéyὸl (Créole Day) and local community days (Friday Night Jump Up).

Sly Augustin, Owner of Trailer Happiness adds “As a Saint Lucian living abroad, I am very happy and proud to take part in the launch of Bounty Rum in Europe, which couldn’t have taken place anywhere else but at the Notting Hill Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture in London since 1966. Bounty Rum is the ultimate Carnival Rum brand from Saint Lucia”.

Jack Rackham, Managing Director of Emporia Brands, comments: “I am delighted to announce the arrival of the Bounty range that we will be launching at Notting Hill Carnival, where St Lucia Distillers have been a leading rum sponsor of bars and carnival activity over the past 8 years. Having launched Chairman’s Reserve into the UK and becoming the number one export market for this great brand from St Lucia Distillers, we are excited by the new proposition the Bounty rum range provides.”

Bounty Rum will be officially launched in the UK through spirits importer Emporia Brands this summer and will sponsor Trailer Happiness on Portobello Road and The Pioneers Festival throughout the Notting Hill Carnival weekend.

The Bounty Rum range consists of six rums: Bounty Premium Gold (40%), Bounty Premium White (40%), Bounty Dark (43%); and three flavoured rums: Bounty Spiced (40%), Bounty Coconut (25%) and Bounty Lime (25%). All rums are blended with distillates from Saint Lucia Distillers’ unique Coffey still with the exception of Bounty Dark which has some pot still to give further character and complexity. All of the rums are aged for a minimum of 2 years before bottling. They will initially be available through TheDrinkShop.com.

This comprehensive range of rums enables the consumer to get a flavour of Saint Lucia. The versatility of the range gives bartenders the opportunity of mixing both traditional cocktails as well as experimenting with exotic flavours.

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Piña Colada
35ml Bounty Gold
20ml Bounty Coconut
30ml Pineapple Juice
1 fresh Pineapple wedge
15ml Lime Juice

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25ml Bounty Gold
25ml Bounty Dark
15ml Bounty Spiced
25ml Grapefruit Juice
15ml Lime Juice
Dash of Absinthe
15ml Passion fruit Syrup

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Mojito
40ml Bounty White
20ml Bounty Lime
20ml Lime Juice
8-10 mint leaves

Kraken Rum Unleashes The Beast In The East

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The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum is wrapping its tentacles around London’s East End for its latest Kraken Crawl. Capturing the spirit of the East, The Kraken has clouded the region with its iconic, dark spirit and a twist on four classic cocktails.

The cocktails have been crafted to perfectly pair with the area’s most famous hangouts, so followers of the sea creature can enjoy the darker side of life as they crawl through its streets and taste London like never before.

For one night only, rum fans can indulge their taste buds with East London inspired cocktails and be hit with trending taste notes ranging from turmeric through to black tea and cockney influenced ‘apple and pears’ cider.

Starting and finishing in E1, the Kraken Crawl will celebrate the unveiling of The Kraken Mural on Great Eastern Bear. From 16th July to 12th August, prepare to be awestruck by a giant piece of photorealistic artwork. This unique piece will incorporate 3D elements to bring the mystical beast to life and is set to turn a few heads. Providing a perfect Insta-backdrop for East Londoners and passers-by, those tagging themselves with the beast will also be in with a chance of winning a range of amazing prizes, from diving courses to mural masterclasses, as well as free cocktails to redeem at the below participating Kraken Crawl bars.

The limited-edition cocktails that have been paired specially with local Shoreditch bars include:

The Brick Lane – The Cocktail Trading Company, E1 6GQ

Pay homage to the home of British curry, The Brick Lane blends dark rum with a range of Indian spices including terrifyingly trendy turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom.

The Great Eastern Street – Road Trip and Workshop, EC1V 9EY

Another hot cocktail trend to tickle your fancy taking cold black tea from the East and swirling it around in a hurricane glass with orange liqueur, lemon juice and rum.

The Perfect Storm – Old Blue Last, EC2A 3ES

A classic for a classic. Head to the iconic Old Blue Last for the Kraken fan favourite consisting of rum, ginger ale and a wedge of lime.

The Poison Apple & Pears – Apples & Pears, E1 6TD

It doesn’t get much more East End than Cockney rhyming slang. Mixing pears with apple cider, fiery ginger, lemon and rum – catch this at Apple & Pears, where else?

Shoreditch dwellers can view the Kraken Mural being created live by the capital’s hottest artists at Great Eastern Bear. The mural will be painted from 16th July through to 19th July with the finished artwork on display until 12th August.
For more information on joining The Kraken Crawl, please visit: https://www.theleagueofdarkness.co.uk/home

New Caribbean Inspired Bar and Café to Open in South Manchester

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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.

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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.

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

Website;
www.marigotbaybarandcafe.com