March 1 2022

Exciting news from Wild West Group (The Dark Horse, Bath; Crying Wolf, Bristol)

Wild West Group (The Dark Horse, Bath; Crying Wolf, Bristol) have announced the appointment of veteran drinks legend Angus Winchester as Director of Drinks and People, focussing on training and Beverage Programming, and starting off initially as General Manager of the multi award-winning Dark Horse to gain insight into the operation while the group plans exciting expansion.

Before getting on board with Wild West Group, Angus has been globetrotting for over 20 years, acting as Tanqueray Global Ambassador and then VP of Training for Barmetrix. More recently he added Education Director for BCB and Executive Director for the Tokyo based Ginposium to his resume. Previously he set up one of the UK’s first bar consultancies (IPB) as well as managing Trailer Happiness and Salvatore at Fifty.

It’s been well over 15 years since I last worked in the UK, but when Louis reached out to discuss a possible role I jumped at the chance,” he says. “It’s not just the stellar reputation that his bars have that attracted me, but also the burgeoning food and drink scene in the West Country along with the chance to work with Louis. It’s odd being back in the UK and working with a team who frankly have no idea who I am, and I look forward to developing them and re-establishing my reputation.”

I’ve known Angus for over 20 years and I’m absolutely thrilled to have him on board,” says Louis Lewis-Smith, founder of Wild West Group. “His appointment comes at a very exciting time for us as we switch gears from surviving the pandemic, to expansion. We’re looking at new sites across the south of the UK including a broadening of the portfolio to include food-led operations, and a Wild West Group distillery is on the horizon. Angus, alongside his immensely talented brother Alex as Managing Director, will be key in seeing these ambitious plans to fruition. It’s a really exciting time for us, and with Angus now on board, Wild West Group’s future is looking very bright indeed.”

Exciting times? For sure! Watch this space for further developments…

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