For it to be a rum festival I expect two things. Decent rum and a festival atmosphere.
Ok, I expect more than that but that's my starting point. The other things are hardly worth mentioning, you know, simple things llike knowledgeable bar staff, effecient service, friendly banter etc. Get that at your pub anyway right?
What we actually got here was this:
£11.25 to get in. £5 per 25ml shot once you are in. A choice of approximately 20 rums, 2 of which I would say were half decent. The best one (the Dictador 12 yr old) sold out after the first hour.
6 deep at both of the two tiny bars for most of the two painful hours we spent there.
You have a massive hall with two, tiny bars selling bad, overpriced booze and awful tinny music playing too quietly in the background.
It was like going back to Jesters in 2004.
Awful. Shocking. What a massive waste of a good opportunity.
I am currently sat at home sipping a large Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva.. Miles better than the cheap rubbish they were peddling at the Guildhall (they went for the cheaper Diplomatico).
I'll stick some Bob Marley on the Sonos and wonder why the hell I bothered.
What I'm drinking = £32 per bottle £1.14 per shot.
Next year round my house?