Thames & South West


The 17th & 18th April was a great day for the UKBG, with the leadership of the Southern area Chairman Salvatore Damiano.

The UKBG presented the Liquid Zone to the Bournemouth H&C Show and to all the people from the hospitality trade from Bournemouth and surrounding area’s which was held at the BIC.

The Liquid Zone was organised by Salvatore and Lisa -O-Brian from Nectar imports,

The event was supported by some of the best names in the drinks business,

Diageo Reserve brands, Frobisher’s soft drinks and mixers, Marussia Eaux de vie, Proof Drinks, Hi Spirits, Shepherd Neame Beers, William Grants, Spirits& Liqueurs, Edgertons Pink Gin, Fever Tree Mixers.

The day was kept motivated by the one and only MC Mr Kevin Thomas, who was the man of the day for keeping things lively and great commentary’s both days.

The liquid zone bar was attended both days all day by the amazing team from the Captains Club, Christchurch, Tommy Quy and Joe Prout, these guys done some fantastic demonstrations making Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for the spectators, who were truly entertained by these young guys. the drinks were £3.00 each with all the money going to the Hospitality Action Charity.


At !.00pm everyday there was a cocktail competition using some of the products from the sponsors tables. The competitors selected a ticket to find out which spirit they had to use, then they had 15 mins to go around the rest of the show to find 4 ingredients for their drink, the bar was already supplied with fresh fruit , juices, herbs, ect. They then had 5 mins to make their creation.

Facing the competitors were some well known judges from the industry, Pedro Paulo, from the Coburg bar at the Connaught hotel London, Pedro was the UKBG national winner and represented the UK in Cape Town for the IBA world championships 2014.

Mike Sweetman, formerly of Marriott Hotels now the National Vice President for the UKBG,

James Fowler, Diageo World Class Champion and founder of the Meridian Bartenders league.

The Quality of drinks from these young guys was quite amazing and impressive, They all will be going for the big competitions very soon and I hope to be there to see them.


The Winner for the first days competition was Harry King from the Library Bar in South Bourne, Bournemouth, with his drink and recipe was ;


50ml Teeling Irish Whiskey

25ml Lemon Mint Basil Liqueur

15ml Fino Sherry

3 Coffee beans

5 dried Elderflowers

Garnish of dried fruits.

Second place went to Walter Nigro Giles, from the Millstream Hotel Chichester,

Third Place went to Claudio San Martino, from Cliff Hotel South Bourne , Bournemouth.

The second days competition was a challenge Between the London Area UKBG Champions against the Southern area Champions.

The competitors were Pedro Paulo, Coburg Bar. Lucia Montenelli, Dorchester Hotel London.

Marco Brivio, Hotel du Vin. James Fowler, The Larder House. Dave Hall, Urban Bar. Joel Whitmore Diageo reserve Brands..

This was to be the battle of the best in the country, The spectators pack the Liquid Zone to see these incredible professionals shake or stir their stuff, with Dave Hall’s Old Irish, Pedro’s the smoking hat of Pedro, Lucia’s spaghetti western style, the amazing tequila and tomato reduction from Joel along with the Classy creation from Marco.

The Judges had their work cut out for them, they were Lisa -O-Brian from Nectar Imports, Mr Richard Joslin from Evistar Group, and Mike Sweetman Vice President for the UKBG.

The Battle was on, the best of the best, but only one of these amazing bartenders can win , it was a very close event, much to our surprise it was a cocktail using Teelings Irish whisky shone through again to become the winner, which was a very good twist on an Old Fashioned.


The Winner was Dave Hall Best Bartender 2014, from the Urban Beach Bar at Boscombe, with his creation


50ml Teelings Irish Whiskey.

25ml Benedictine.

2 dashes Rhubarb bitters.

2 dashes Orange bitters.

1 Barspoon of Teelings Malt Whiskey

Served with Guiness flavoured crisps.

Second was Joel Whitmore best Bartender 2013 from Diageo Reserve Brands

Third was Pedro Paulo From the Coburg Bar, National Champion 2013

For one day only Bournemouth became the centre of excellence with the best bartenders performing for the people of Bournemouth and surrounding areas.

Many thanks go to the organisers Salvatore Damiano, Lisa O Brian, Richard Joslin, the Judges the competitors, Kevin the MC, The guys making the drinks Tommy and Joe , the background people Chris Underwood , Peter Gyor. Mike Sweetman Vice President.

And a Massive big thank you to the sponsors because without them this amazing event could not have taken place.

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