Nick Strangeway | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

Nick is a legend on the London and International bar scene. Hailed by Time Out as “London’s leading cocktail expert”, Nick is also recipient of the world Mixologist/Bartender of the Year award. In 1998 he became the Bar Manager of Che in London’s St James. This bar would win just about every award under the sun during Nick’s tenure. In 2006 he opened The Hawksmoor steakhouse and restaurant, which has won many awards for it’s wonderful food and pioneering cocktail list.

He is widely acknowledged to have re-discovered the category of drinks called Punche. Nick began bartending in the early 1990’s (whilst studying at The Courtauld Institute of Art) under the tutelage of Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho. Nick went on to work alongside Dick in numerous seminal establishments including The Flamingo, Detroit and Atlantic Bar & Grill. In 1998 Nick became bar manager of new St James bar and restaurant Che.

During his time there, Nick won numerous awards including the inaugural Evening Standard ‘Bar of the Year’. Nick has become known the world over for both his innovation and his deep understanding of the history of mixed drinks.

Nick has established a long term working relationship with a number of high profile chefs, most notably Giorgio Locatelli and Mark Hix.

Years at Litfest: 2014, 2015, 2016


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Litfest - A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.
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