Luxury hotel's Dry January boost as customers bid to ditch alcohol

ONE of south Cumbria’s most exclusive bars and restaurants has launched a range of mocktails in a bid to help its customers keep their Dry January pledges.

Oscars, at the Abbey House Hotel and Gardens, will be serving the booze-free creations for the next four weeks.

The move comes on the back of thousands of people vowing to steer clear of alcohol after a period of festive indulgence.

Warwick Clough is bar manager at the Abbey House Hotel and gardens, and said a night out does not have to involve alcohol.

He added: “Of course many people enjoy a tipple and it’s always our pleasure to welcome them to the hotel and Oscar’s, where they can enjoy a drink in a luxurious setting.

“But we understand that Christmas and the New Year can be a time of high celebration, parties and invariably alcohol - and for some, January is the perfect time to take a step back, reset the body and have a few weeks free of alcohol.

“That’s why we have come up with a range of amazing mocktails. Having a month off alcohol does not have to mean spending the month at home. There are still plenty of opportunities to socialise, get out and about - and now to enjoy some truly delicious alcohol-free drinks.”

On the menu are Passion Fruit Bellini, ‘Mockhito’ and Virgin Bramble. The mocktails are all hand mixed to order by members of the Oscar’s team.

Dry January is an initiative organised and run by Alcohol Change UK, an organisation which campaigns for people to adopt healthy drinking habits.

They claim that half of people who participate in the initiative lose weight, sleep better and save money.

Oscar’s also continues to sell what have proved to be highly popular vegan dishes as part of a new menu launched late last year.

There has been a surge in bookings in January as part of the Veganuary movement, which sees people try meat and dairy free food for the month.

The range of dishes created by chef Ashley Wood include a Morrocan vegetable and mixed bean casserole, a Thai butternut squash laska and a pumpkin meringue pie.