UK: Barwizards launch gastrobar venue

27 November, 2009

UK: Britainís Got Talent flair phenomenon the Barwizards have opened a gastrobar in Littleborough, Lancashire.

Neil Lowrey and Neil Garner invested around £250,000 in the 48-cover freehold, called Barwizards Lounge.

The format includes a large drinks list with over 30 cocktails. Staff were trained for three weeks prior to the launch and had to pass a series of tests before becoming employed.

Neil Lowrey said: ďAt the moment, the staff donít flair because itís important they get the drinks right, first.

ďNeil and I take to the bar on Friday and Saturday evenings to give the customers a show.Ē

The food menu features local produce and a twists that fit in with the Barwizard concept Ė instead of beer batter, fish is coated in Moscow Mule batter, for example.

Best selling cocktails include pineapple chilli margarita.

ďItís about building trust with customers and getting everyone to enjoy great cocktails.Ē

Lowrey and Garner hope to open four similar bars and a hotel in the next five years.