Pub has the spirit to make ‘best’ final list
ARUM bar has beaten off stiff competition to reach the final of the Great British Pub Awards.
Specialist rum bar Rumba, on Pickford Street, is one of just five finalists in the Best Spirits Bar and Best Turnaround category of the annual awards.
Chris Carsons, who runs the bar, said: “We are thrilled to have got this far in two categories and are looking forward to showing the judges what makes the Rumba so special.
“We’ve always been passionate about rum and launched the bar to bring this passion to the people.
“We now offer a range of over 200 rums from all over the world and think nothing of getting on a plane to Dominica to source a new bottle if our customers want it.
“But it’s not just about the cocktails – people come to us for the Rumba experience. We want to make it exciting and give our drinks real theatre.”
Great British Pub Award judges will now visit Rumba and a mixologist will be invited to attend a cocktail masterclass before the winner is announced in London in September.
In 2016, the ‘Tiki’ themed bar had a major refurbishment with a Caribbean theme, including the addition of a new custom designed cocktail bar, fish tank, surfboard tables and real ‘Blowfish’ lightshades. The team also plan to introduce a Tequila Concept and a Cocktail Masterclass room together with an app, which will allow customers to pay at the table and pre-book booths.
General manager Jack Burgess, assistant general manager Jess Keefe and director Peter Billingsley at Rumba
Rumba on Pickford Street, Macclesfield, is a finalist in Best Spirits Bar and Best Turnaround at the Great British Pub Awards