What's your desert island drink & why?
Gin & Bitter lemon because its refreshing and I can happily drink them all day long.
We have many different favourite bars in Chester depending on the occasion. What's your favourite for:
A. Pornstar Martini & Date Night?
B. A Bloody Marry & Brunch?
C. Rum Punch & a party?
A. My lady prefers a dry Martini rather than a pornstar but for a cocktail or two before dinner its got to be Prohibition
B. Attina! Highlander, if you know you know.
C. Obviously Exotic Booze Club for the mega unusual rums the vibes and the suave wall paper.
Which drinks industry heros (in Chester?) have inspired you & how?
Ben Illes for taking time to establish his brand and getting the formula right at the Marlborough Arms and now moving on to bigger things. Neil Mcdonald for opening a high class cocktail bar years before its time and expanding the business in the way he has.
If you were a cocktail which would you be and why?
A classic champagne cocktail... as I'm typically quite classic in my taste and I like to have fun. After a few of these you will be dancing on the ceiling!
What's your favourite non-hospitality business based in Chester and why?
Wild Floral design. They have the most beautiful flowers and no matter how busy they are (which is all the time!) Helen and the team will always have a smile on their faces and get the job done immaculately.
What's your favourite cocktail ingredient? How did you fall in love with it?
It would have to be a toss up between Gin and Bourbon. Gin because its so diverse and you can make so many different styles of cocktails with it. And bourbon because I simply love the taste of it.
Do you have a preferred mixer / soft drink / non-alcoholic option and why?
I usually drink sparkling water with ice and a slice but if I want to treat myself I like bottle green elderflower cordial and pressed apple from Francis Thomas, they sell a range of the most incredible different types of apple juice there.
What's your favourite food to pair with drinks?
Cheese & pickles
How did you get into the hospitality industry?
My friend introduced me to a classy restaurant in Liverpool when I was 16 and the rest is history.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the satisfaction on our customers faces when they are fully immersed in the experience we have created. I love my team, their team spirit and their passion for what they do.
And the worst bits?
Covid! There will always be problems and things go wrong sometimes but you have to stay positive find a solution and move on.
What are your Chester Cocktail Week goals?
To make the most of whats on offer!
What advice do you have for aspiring Hospitality professionals?
Its sounds cliché but work hard. Dedication commitment and hard work will always pay off. Don't rush either, find what you like and what makes you happy then see it through.
What have you taken from Chester's response to COVID?
The sense of community has always been strong in Chester and so far the response has been pretty positive.
Any other pearls of wisdom or hospitality rants?
Make hay whilst the sun shines!