On Tuesday 12 February, CLASS magazine announced its highly anticipated CLASS Bar Awards 2019, with Public Sheffield flying the flag for Yorkshire after carrying away the Bar Food Menu of the Year Award.
The awards, which returned in 2017 under new owners Agile Media, is renowned as the premiere UK bar industry celebration.
Representatives from the UK’s leading bars attended the Awards yesterday (12 February 12t) at Lindley Hall in London, along with internationally renowned personalities. Judged by industry experts from across the country, the CLASS Bar Awards recognises the talent, achievements and diversity of the UK bar scene.
Public in Sheffield collected the award for Bar Food Menu of the Year, beating off competition from Scout and Satan’s Whisker’s in London. This subterranean den is owned by Sheffield visionaries James O’Hara and James Hill, aka the Rockingham Group, who are backing the city’s creative talents. One of these talents is Tom Aronica, whose cooks up restaurant-standard small plates of pan-European food from a corner kitchen of the bar.
Three Sheets in Dalston, London, meanwhile, was the overwhelming choice of the CLASS collective (over 70 expert judges that voted), winning Bar of the Year sponsored by Southern Comfort ahead of London bars Dandelyan and Swift. One of its two owners – Max Venning – beat the likes of Alex Lawrence of Dandelyan and Remy Savage of Artesian to the title for Bartender of the Year sponsored by Jura Single malt scotch whisky.
Ending the night was the Lifetime Achievement award sponsored by Champagne Gosset, which went to Alessandro Palazzi. With 32 years in the industry under his belt, Alessandro Palazzi has had a varied bartending career, from humble beginnings in Cobham to serving Madonna at the Ritz. But Palazzi is best known for his work at the cult-favourite Dukes and his association with the Martini. His, with almost-frozen spirit poured with a liberal hand, is the best around. To have a Martini made from Palazzi’s famous trolley is a rite of passage for the cocktail lover. A true legend of bartending in London, the UK, if not the world.