Pub has the spirit to make ‘best’ fi­nal list

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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