Indoor hospitality can reopen in England next week

The UK government has confirmed bars across England will be allowed to reopen for indoor trading from 17 May. In an update to the nation yesterday (Monday 10 May), UK prime minister Boris Johnson said indoor drinking and dining would be allowed to resume from next Monday, with social distancing measures in place. Up to six people, or two households, will be allowed to meet indoors, while the outdoor rules will be extended to allow…

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UK hospitality sector suffers £80.8bn loss

The UK hospitality industry has seen sales plummet by £80.8 billion (US$112bn) over the last 12 months, according to new data. Data from the UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker with CGA reported sales from the start of April 2020 to the end of March 2021 dropped to £46bn (US$63.8bn), a decline of 64% from £126.8bn (US$175.8bn) for the previous 12 months. UK Hospitality said the £80.8bn decrease was equivalent to £220m (US$305m) of sales lost every…

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Patrón Perfectionists now open for entries

The Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition is officially open for entries, offering a new virtual format for 2021/2022 to safely elevate the talents of bartenders worldwide. Bartenders from 20 countries and cruise liners across five continents are challenged to invited to submit a cocktail recipe that reflects their journey as they strive to perfect their craft. Each drink should be formulated from a simplified list of ingredients that consumers can easily access and replicate across the…

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Plans to add calories to on-trade alcohol ‘absurd’

Trade groups have hit out at a reported proposal to display calories on alcohol sold by large bar and pub operators, with UK Hospitality calling the move “absurd”. In July 2020, the UK government revealed plans to launch a consultation into whether alcoholic beverages should provide calorie information to tackle obesity. The government is considering whether venues with 250 or more employees should display calories on the beer, wine and spirits they serve. A government spokesperson said:…

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Giulia Cuccurullo: the art of perfection

Bartender Giulia Cuccurullo, the winner of the 2020 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, tells The Spirits Business how she faced her fears to triumph. Having started bartending in her home country of Italy, Giulia Cuccurullo says she was always attracted to the opportunities a career in the glittering London cocktail scene could offer. Now working behind the bar at Artesian at The Langham hotel in the UK’s capital, Cuccurullo shot to new heights last year when…

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