The Lucky Onion, a Cotswolds-based group of boutique hotels, pubs and restaurants, has announced the launch of The Lucky Onion Drinks Academy.
The group, from husband and wife team Sam and Georgie Pearman, is aiming to define its business further with new training schemes to educate keen drinks’ fans on spirits, wines, ales and coffee.
The Lucky Onion includes boutique Hotels No. 131, and No. 38 The Park in Cheltenham, and The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, as well as other pubs and restaurants and the new launch marks an important period of growth for the group.
The Lucky Onion Drinks Academy will work with a number of top individuals for the bar and drinks industry to develop the new training programme, which will give out industry qualifications to participants who successfully complete the year-long course.
Of the launch Sam and Georgie commented: “It’s been a great year of growth for The Lucky Onion, and we are hugely excited for this next stage. With all that we do, we always strive to create a wonderful experience for our guests and believe that The Lucky Onion Drinks Academy will bring an extra dimension to the service we already provide.”
The Lucky Onion will collaborate with a selection of sector innovators over the course of the year, including Alex Turner who has worked in the UK drinks industry for more than 25 years.
Turner’s career portfolio covers training programmes for top London restaurants, bars and hotels such as championing operations at Dick’s Bar at Atlantic Bar & Grill and creating the LAB bar.
In February 2015, Sam and Georgie expanded with the addition of The Lucky Onion Club, which brings the existing ethos of the group to pop-up events and residencies.
Over the last year The Lucky Onion has seen great success, winning The Sunday Times “Best Foodie” Award in the Ultimate 100 Hotels in Britain in September 2014, as well as the Imbibe Wine List of The Year Award 2014 for the “Best Country Inn Wine List” awarded to The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach.
More recently, The Lucky Onion won the prestigious “Best of Britain” award at the Tatler Restaurant Awards in May 2015.
Later this year, they have further plans to expand the business with the announcement of The Lucky Onion Chef Academy.
The Lucky Onion Drinks Academy will officially launch on 19th August.