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British bartender and Diageo Bar Academy Trainer, Rob Poulter, shares three of his favourite drinking spots in Oxford and London.

My name is…

Rob Poulter

I’m based in…

Oxford and London, UK

I’ve been bartending for…

17 years

Happiness in a glass is…

A Negroni with Gordon’s Gin!

I love working with…


Top tip…

“Humility is the most underrated quality in a bartender and a key element of providing great hospitality.”

If you’re visiting Oxford or London, or just looking for inspiration, check out these bars…

Raoul’s Bar

Raoul's has been a cocktail institution since 1979 but by 1999 was looking very tired indeed. After a major refurb Raoul's was reborn into a great little cocktail bar and since then has won a multitude of awards, even being placed as one of the top 50 bars in the world by the Sunday Times. This hot spot is very much at the cutting edge of the UK cocktail scene, with an award winning menu of drinks which is continually updated to reflect the very latest in UK and global cocktail trends. The bar is home to a team of professional bartenders who have won countless cocktail competitions between them. With such a wide range of amazing cocktails available it’s hard to pick one! Most regulars trust the bartenders to choose their drink for them as the bartenders produce a drink to perfectly match their request! Finally, if you need any more convincing the bar team place as big an emphasis on great service as they do great drinks so you’ll always be well looked after when you visit!

The Fresh Botanical

37.5ml Tanqueray No.10

12.5ml Italian aperitif

12.5ml Passion fruit syrup

12.5ml Fresh orange juice

12.5ml Fresh lime juice

12.5ml Fresh pink grapefruit juice

Method: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice and shake to mix, chill and dilute. Fine strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with a twist of lime peel.

(1.8 standard drinks* - 1.6 units per serve)

Drop by at…32 Walton St, Oxford

Dial…+44 1865 553732

Find out more at…www.raoulsbar.com/

Like at…www.facebook.com/RaoulsBar

Follow at…twitter.com/RaoulsBarOxford

The Artesian Bar at the Langham Hotel

The Artesian is renowned as one of the best bars in the world, and this reputation is well deserved. This venue is famous within the bar industry, gaining prestigious awards such as World’s Best Bar 2013, 2014 and 2015. The standard of drinking experience is incredibly impressive as this luxury spot has perfected every aspect of your experience, from the décor, atmosphere and service to the all-important cocktails. Head bartender Alex Kratena believes a cocktail should be a multi-sensory journey that stimulates all the senses. This hot spot is famous for cutting edge cocktails served in unique vessels, think everything from brass pineapples to bespoke glasses designed by the bartenders for specific drinks. The Artesian continually challenges preconceptions and pushes the boundaries of global cocktail culture, forever raising the bar.

Johnnie Walker Red Label Old-Fashioned


15ml Sugar syrup

2 Dashes of bitters

Method: Stir the ingredients patiently over cubed ice until well chilled and diluted, garnish with an orange twist and serve.

(1.6 standard drinks* - 2 units per serve)

Drop by at…The Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place London

Dial…+44 (0) 20 7636 1000

Find out more at…www.artesian-bar.co.uk/

Like at…www.facebook.com/artesianbar

Trailer Happiness

Trailer Happiness is the perfect spot for you if rum is your thing. This venue is heavily inspired by a Tiki theme that runs throughout the décor and drinks menu. This bar is the ultimate venue for a laid back atmosphere mixed with friendly staff who go to great lengths to tailor and perfect drinks. The bar boasts a large selection of rum and rum based cocktails however if you don’t fancy rum the menu has a big selection of alternatives so you are sure to find something you’ll love. To accompany your cocktail, the bar has a delicious ‘Trailer Food’ menu that is inspired by the Polynesian culture. Award winning bartender Jamie Kimber brings his flair and passion to the bar rustling up some unique in-house creations that you have to try. All in all this bar is a unique, fantastic hot spot and is sure to please whether you are with a bunch of friends or an intimate group.

Spiced Mule


150ml Ginger beer

2 Wedges of lime

Method: Add all the ingredients to an ice filled tall glass. Stir well to mix, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Drop by at…177 Portobello Rd, London

Dial…+44 (20) 7041 9833

Find out more at…www.trailerhappiness.com/

Like at…www.facebook.com/TrailerHappiness

Follow at…twitter.com/TrailerH

(1.6 standard drinks* - 2 units per serve)

(*One standard drink contains 8g of alcohol)

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