Horsham’s Dead Parrot team takes on bartending championship

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Six months of shaking, stirring and straining, is about to pay off as a bartending team is set to participate in the final of a national competition.

The team at the Dead Parrot, in Piries Place, will take part in Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship at The Yard in Shoreditch, London, tomorrow.

Hundreds of bartending teams from across the UK applied in the hope of winning every bartender’s dream – the chance to run their own pop-up bar at London Cocktail Week.

Promoted and stocked by Monkey Shoulder, the winning team will also get to keep all the takings made during the week which totalled over £12,000 for the 2014 winners.

With over 30 years bar experience between them, the team comprises Andrew Harrod, Dave White and Adam Manning from Dead Parrot, who have all been put through their bartending paces at each stage of the competition.

They beat strong competition in round one as they demonstrated their bartending expertise, from creating cocktails with speed and accuracy to stock taking and problem solving. Team member Dave took this one step further and created his cocktail in just one minute and 26 seconds – the fastest out of any entrants in the competition.

The next stop for The Dead Parrot was the semi-finals in London, where Andrew, Dave and Adam had to create a cocktail like no other to impress industry experts. The team also had to present the concept for their bar in an apprentice style boardroom challenge.

Adam said: “We are delighted to have made it to the finals. We understand that everyone wants to have fun when they go out so we consider that first and foremost. We don’t want to give too much away, but for the final, the circus is coming to town. Guests will have the chance to interact and immerse themselves in the full circus experience, from wearable garnishes to winning their drinks – this is set to be a bar with a difference.”

The Dead Parrot will battle it out against Bristol team Stirred Down and Brown and 21st Re-amendment from Newcastle in the final.

On the night, each guest will be given four drinks tokens to redeem against four cocktails – one from each bar and one to vote for the experience they enjoy the most. The bar with the most tokens, wins.

Tickets are available from EventBrite. Tickets cost £10 each and include four drinks tokens.