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Ivy House Masterclasses



This year the Ivy House Kitchen is delighted to be running a series of Master Classes in conjunction with Bridport's Master Mixoligist Lloyd Brown owner of the Grey Bear Drinks Co


On the first Saturday of each month we will be introducing you to some fantastic local food and drink suppliers and Lloyd will be able to show you which drinks are perfect for setting off that particular specialty.

Our first session will be on the 2nd of February and will be focused on what must be one of the most popular drinks of the time…Gin!


2nd February 7pm - A stroll through Gin lane

A night centered around the history of gin touching on its roots, the gin epidemic right through to distillation and the modern craft gin movement. Includes a G&T on arrival followed by two cocktails and tasters of three different gins. 


March 2nd 7pm- Coffee and Cocktails with the Dark Bear and Full Circle Coffee company. 

Fueled by caffeine this night blends expertly roasted coffee from our supplier, Full Circle, with the coffee concoctions from the Dark Bear bar, expect espresso martinis, turbo G&T’s and the modern classic cocktail "The Inoculation" alongside tasters of Conker Cold Brew coffee and local vodkas. 

April 6th 7pm- The Pursuit of Beertails

Join Al owner of The Pursuit of Hoppiness and Lloyd Dorset drink ambassador alongside some local brewers mixing up the best beers, ales and bitters in a new way, combining into cocktails and elevating both sides of drink. 

 May 4th 7pm- Aperitvo night with Mercato Italiano

Join Lloyd and owner of Mercato Italiano Illaria Padovi on a night of all things Italian, snack on hand selected meats and cheese whilst sipping on classic aperitifs, the Negroni, Aperol spritz and more!

June 1st 7pm- Baboo Gelato and Lloyd Brown cocktail evening

How do you take your gelato? Mixed up with local spirits of course! A quirky night where you can learn how everyone's favorite local gelato, Baboo is made alongside some unusual but delicious cocktail creations. 

July 6th 7pm- Tiki cocktails and BBQ night

When Sam Hill owner of Hungry Mule fires up the BBQ there is only one thing missing! Cocktails! Come try tiki cocktails (think Del boy) made with local ingredients and a pyro twist – BBQ Pina Colada anyone? 

Tickets to each event is £25 which can be purchased from our website.

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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