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Dedicated staff praised for saving the opening of Tiger Hornsby bar in Newcastle

Intensive cocktail training was the order of the day for staff at the new Tiger Hornsby bar in Newcastle which aims to offer ever-changing unusual cocktails

Fledgling Tiger Hornsby mixologist 22-year-old Xanthe Harrison Crowther
Fledgling Tiger Hornsby mixologist 22-year-old Xanthe Harrison Crowther

The owner of one of Tyneside’s newest bars has revealed how its opening was saved by her dedicated staff.

Tiger Hornsby launched earlier this month in what was the Julie’s nightclub site on Newcastle Quayside.

But now owner Rachael Frame has admitted that the opening nearly didn’t happen when she was let down at the 11th hour by a London mixologist company which was providing her with experienced cocktail-making staff

Tiger Hornsby, name after a legendary former “It girl” who Rachael met while working in London, is specialising in offering unusual cocktails which are changed weekly.

Rachael had been dealing with the company for six months to ensure she had the right staff for the opening night, only for them to email the day before to say they were not longer able to help.

She thought she might have to delay the opening – until her team of five glass collectors agreed to do a crash course in cocktail making trained by an experienced bar tender that she sourced at the last minute.

“I couldn’t believe it when they let me down the day before we were due to open. Luckily my team of fantastic staff all rallied round and went through an intensive training session the day we were due to open, and we managed to pull off the whole night without any problems at all.

“I am so grateful to them. They did an amazing job, especially considering most of them had never worked behind a bar before.”

The staff are now undergoing weekly training sessions to develop their confidence and skills in creating the ambitious cocktails that Rachael wants to make a feature of the bar.

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