Josh Linfitt, recognised as one of the top creatives in the UK bar world, has been promoted to Bar Director of Adam Handling Group. Josh will be responsible for overseeing all existing bars in the Group – Eve Bar, London; Ugly Butterfly, Cornwall and The Loch & the Tyne, Old Windsor, and will be fundamental in the set-up of any future bars.
Josh joined the Group as Bar Manager at Ugly Butterfly when the restaurant and bar in Carbis Bay opened in the summer of 2021.
Adam Handling says:
“Josh lives and breathes the Adam Handling Group and he has shown immense determination to further the Group’s name in the bar world, showcasing our commitment to zero-waste and utilising techniques from the kitchen behind the bar.”
Josh has entered and won several top cocktail championships over the past year, in the UK and internationally, and is currently in the Top 10 of the World Class GB cocktail competition. He has also been shortlisted for the CLASS Bar awards Manager of the Year, with Ugly Butterfly shortlisted for Sustainable Practices and Best Bar Wales & West awards – the results of which will be announced later this month.
Commenting on his promotion, Josh said:
“I am super excited for the opportunity to highlight the incredible talent and creative people we have in the Adam Handling Group, both behind and in front of the bars as well as the kitchens, showcasing how we work together effectively to share ideas, reduce waste and unlock flavour potential in what would commonly be perceived as a waste product. I genuinely love this group and the people within it, it’s like no other I’ve ever worked for or heard of. It’s people that genuinely take care in what they do, people that strive for perfection and won’t stop until they find it!
“I have a very personal connection with what I feel is a large part of my new role, that is staff development: I’m looking forward to bringing in tailored programmes for each bar team member. As someone who struggled with conventional education, I know that everyone learns differently and we will be working out what staff want to learn and how they can best absorb what we love to share in an innovative and inspiring way.”
Josh has been working in the bar industry for over twenty years, beginning his career in the north of England and then moving to Cornwall as bar manager at Fifteen. He has run bars in Cornwall and London; represented spirits brands as ambassador in the UK and European markets and operated a freelance consultancy.