Great Scotts be­hind town’s new gin bar

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON

THE OWN­ERS of a new in­de­pen­dent cock­tail bar serv­ing 200 dif­fer­ent gins say they are re­ally ex­cited to be open­ing in Wok­ing­ham’s new Peach Place devel­op­ment next spring.

The Leafy Ele­phant will also of­fer lo­cally brewed craft beer, an ex­clu­sive wine cel­lar and lo­cally sup­plied food.

The build­ing where the bar is to be housed was vis­ited by Claire Perry MP, the Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter for busi­ness, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

Dur­ing her visit she met with Dun­can Scott, who ex­plain his vi­sion and how the Ele­phant will see his fam­ily join forces to run the busi­ness.

Af­ter­wards, he told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per: “Wok­ing­ham was the only place that we were even think­ing about launch­ing.

“We’ve had a great re­sponse from peo­ple that are in­ter­ested in us com­ing to com­ing to the town and we just can’t wait to get started.”

The 32-year-old is team­ing up with Dad Stephen and 34-year-old Stephanie to launch the gin bar.

He said that the bar has been two years in the mak­ing, and when Peach Place was an­nounced the fam­ily de­cided to use it as a launch base.

In a state­ment, he said: “It was felt that the ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment work within the town and huge in­vest­ment by the coun­cil pre­sented a unique op­por­tu­nity to de­liver to Wok­ing­ham an es­tab­lish­ment of high qual­ity – a trendy venue for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als who are used to a Lon­don life­style to so­cialise while be­ing treated to an ex­cep­tional level of ser­vice and knowl­edge with an ex­tremely pop­u­lar drinks propo­si­tion.”

The name The Leafy Ele­phant comes from the fam­ily’s “strong ties and af­fil­i­a­tion to South­ern Africa” and the busi­ness plans to do­nate a por­tion of its prof­its to a char­ity that works with ele­phants.

And the gin bar will have a botan­i­cal gar­den theme, which the Scotts say will pay homage to the botan­i­cals that go into mak­ing mod­ern gins.

Mr Scott said that the fam­ily were pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing The Leafy Ele­phant would be the best pos­si­ble venue for the new-look Wok­ing­ham town cen­tre.

He said: “For us, it’s all about ser­vice.

“We’re go­ing to try and el­e­vate the level of ser­vice beyond any­thing that the town’s al­ready got.”

He promised that the bar would help peo­ple who know noth­ing about gin find their per­fect drink while also cater­ing for peo­ple who know their botan­i­cals.

“You may not know any­thing about gin, you might have a good idea about gin, we’ll be able to give you some­thing that you’re guar­an­teed to like.

“That level of ed­u­ca­tion as well as the am­bi­ence, as well as the re­laxed set­ting and be­ing here in Peach Place, which is go­ing to be a beau­ti­ful venue, should hope­fully mean that peo­ple can come here time and time again.”

It will be based in the court­yard area of Peach Place will will now be open in the spring of 2019.

Mr Scott said: “Fingers crossed, we aim to be open in the spring around March time.

“When the weather starts get­ting a lit­tle bit bet­ter, we may use the out­door space that we’ve got here.”

Pic­ture: Phil Creighton

Dun­can Scott pic­tured in what will be­come The Leafy Ele­phant in the new Peach Place. Pic­tured in­set is a mo­saic cre­ated to cel­e­brate Wok­ing­ham’s re­gen­er­a­tion

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