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Have You Met Ben? 


Ben, our cocktail master, is the brains behind our bar. Following the launch of our new cocktail list, and our Beat The Clock offer we decided it was  time for you to get to know our lovely Ben so we asked him a few questions...


Where did you grow up?

Suffolk, my family has lived here for 20 years and I was a pupil at the nearby Old Buckenham Hall School in Brettenham.


How did you get into the industry?

Honestly, completely by accident! While travelling in India my friend and I met a woman on a beach in Goa who was opening a restaurant in Sydney - our final destination. Knowing we'd probably have exhausted our travel funds by that point we asked for a job when we arrived and it kind of went from there!


What do you love about cocktails?

Alcohol plus deliciousness -  Next question! All jokes aside, I love the versatility of cocktails. Everyone has their own personal preference but there really is a cocktail for everyone!


What's your favourite cocktail and why?

Any gin based cocktail will see my pupils dilate. I'm not sure if it has a specific name, but I've come across similar recipes called Sicilian Nights or London Calling. Here's my version though, let's call it a Suffolk Sundown! It's dangerously refreshing and perfect for Summer!


1 part premium gin (I love 4 pillars as it reminds me of travelling in Australia)

1 part blood orange liqueur (Solerno or Blood Orange Cointreau)

Add to crushed Ice and top with grapefruit soda.

Garnish with a sprig of mint or basil.


How did you choose the cocktails for the list?

I have a bit of a sweet tooth and most of the cocktails are inspired by desserts I like. I enjoy cooking so when I find a flavour combination I like I'll always try to replicate it in a cocktail! I also wanted a refreshing line up for the Summer. Like a true Brit I'm always hopeful and naively expectant of an 'Indian Summer' so fingers crossed we can all enjoy these cocktails for a while longer!