Enrol in rum school at new Bristol bar and distillery

The Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery has launched in the former Jamie’s Italian site on Park Street. 

In the new four-storey venue, rum aficionados are able to sup on 150 varieties of their favourite spirit from across the globe, while plenty of rum-based cocktails are also mixed up. (The There and Back Again number – a blend of rum, banana, coconut, lime and bitters – is named after the lane behind the venue, with a nod to Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’. Yes, I’ll be cradling mine in a dark corner, whispering ‘my precious’ in a sinister voice.) 

If you’re feeling decadent (or have straight-up won the lottery) check out the Colombian rum called Dictador that’ll be on offer and commands prices of up to £1,300 per bottle in some outlets. Flashy. 

Luckily, there’s food on the go through most of the day to soak that all up with. 

Fancy making your own rum? You’re in luck. There’s also a rum school on-site, ready to host up to 40 people for tasting, blending, and distilling sessions. Pirate impressions optional. 

Behind the new venture is family-run distillery Halewood Wines and Spirits. You may know this biz for its Cornish spiced rum Dead Man’s Fingers (the one with the neon-skull decorated bottle), which will be made on-site in a 500-litre still for global distribution. 

General manager Chris Hotson says that this bar is something altogether new for the city. 

“We are truly delighted to open this venue in Bristol,” he comments. “The city has a rich rum heritage and we’re really looking forward to adding to that story with a brand-new chapter, offering something we believe is different for those drinking and using our fantastic tools of the trade to make their own spiced rums. We can’t wait to welcome locals and visitors from across the UK who want to immerse themselves in provenance-led craft rums.”

Once you’ve graduated rum school with flying colours, the good news is that there’s a gin school planned for later in the year. That calls for a little revision in our books.