American Bar appoints first female senior bartender in 100 years

19 September 2017

New senior bartender Phillipa Guy
New senior bartender Phillipa Guy

The Savoy's world-renowned American Bar has appointed its first female senior bartender in 100 years, Phillipa 'Pippa' Guy.

The last woman to hold such a role at the American Bar was Ada Coleman in the early 1900s, where she created the Hanky Panky cocktail.

The prestigious role was awarded to the Branbury-born 24-year old Guy after she has spent the last two years working her way up the ladder at the Savoy.

Working part-time for Arc Inspirations during her time studying at the University of Leeds, Guy fell in love with the industry, learning to make cocktails and quickly being promoted to bar supervisor. Following her time at Arc, she moved on to Leeds' Oporto, before meeting American Bar bar manager Declan McGurk while she was hosting at Leeds Loves Cocktails. He soon offered her a job and she packed up for London.

Promoted to junior bartender from the floor in 2016, Guy has gone from strength to strength. We wish her luck in her new role.

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