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The Cholmondeley Arms

We stroll into The Cholmondeley Arms thirsty, and ready to enjoy a cool Brockmans and lemonade along the bar. The pub is lined with brick walls and massive archways lead to the multiple rooms within. The high curved ceilings give it an airy and modern feel, whilst the bar’s beautiful engraved wood seems to have already stood the test of time.

There to serve us is Joe Fisher, the assistant manager. He prepares our drinks and directs us to a more comfortable spot in one of the armchairs. We gaze at the Sunday roasts and other pub fare as we pass, mentally noting down what we’ll have later.

Cholmondeley ArmsJoe begins by giving us his backstory. “I started out on mobile bars and food units working at events across the UK. It wasn’t until I started at the Cholmondeley that I began growing my knowledge of drinks other than simply pouring a good pint.” Joe began by watching his fellow bar team. He’d observe them developing flavour, studied taste profiles of various spirits and began educating himself on the history of gin.

“I enjoy helping someone find their perfect drink and getting customers to experiment with new drinks. Learning the history of a spirit helps to provide context for what people are drinking, and allows them to enjoy it more.” In order to maximise his time with his customers, he keeps the bar tidy to allow everyone to work quickly around one another and deliver the drinks. “The most important thing is spending time with the customer so you can understand what works for them.” The rest comes second.

We ask him what he’s most looking forward to this summer and he’s quick to answer. “We’re hosting the Cholmondeley Arms Gin Festival this July 6th-8th and the Brockmans Gin brunch will take place Sunday the 8th.” With an outdoor pop-up gin bar, gin tasting with some great distilleries, live music and a variety of food on offer, it sounds like something you shouldn’t miss—that is, if you can’t make it to our Press For Gin event in Edinburgh…

1. Describe your bar in a few words.

Gin wall to wall.

2. What’s the best thing you’ve overheard at your bar?

Working in a pub that’s the little village local, you do get a few questionable stories which probably aren’t true. But the best I’ve heard has to be a couple’s world adventure trying different food, drink and gins. They had been everywhere you could imagine and still had plenty of places to go. They stopped by on the Cheshire section of their journey to take in the beautiful scenery and the gin.

3. Why is gin so popular?

There is so much variety and great drinks to be made with gin. People who think they don’t like it just haven’t tried the right one for them yet. But this is changing.

4. What about Brockmans appeals to you?

I think the subtle sweet berry notes do it for me. It’s perfect for a G&T in the garden enjoying the summer sunshine.

5. If you could have one last drink before you died, what would you choose?

It would have to be a glass of expensive cognac with a double espresso on the side.

Cholmondeley ArmsBrockmans Blush

Ingredients

  • 50ml Brockmans Gin
  • Top with Rose Lemonade

Method

  1. Fill glass with ice, stir and remove to cool the glass.
  2. Fill with ice, and pour in Brockmans.
  3. Top with Rose Lemonade