Rosewood London appoints new Head Bartender ahead of new cocktail list launch

Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has appointed Yann Bouvignies as the new Head Bartender and revealed that a new cocktail menu will be launched in 2019.

With extensive experience in some of London’s most exclusive hotel bars, Bouvignies’ dedication to quality service and a fervent passion and creativity for making cocktails puts him at the forefront of cocktail culture in London. This, accompanied by two years of service behind the bar at Scarfes, lays him in good stead to take the reins and continue Scarfes Bar’s rising successes in the industry.

Bouvignies spent his first few years in hospitality working at the opening of the five-star Hotel Le Kaïla in Meribel. He was also a Bartender at La Résidence de la Pinède Hotel, with a 3 Michelin Star restaurant.

In 2014, Bouvignies returned to Meribel as Assistant Bar Manager at The Savoy Hotel, Meribel, a 5* property with a trendy, high volume and refined cocktail bar. In 2015, he moved to London and worked at renowned cocktail bar Purl, and in 2016, he joined Scarfes Bar as a Bartender.

Over the past two years, Bouvignies has worked closely with predecessor Greg Almeida and Bar Manager Martin Siska to create two distinct cocktail menus that have gained global recognition and two consecutive nominations at The Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail.

Under Siska and Almeida’s tutelage, Bouvignies has developed a meticulous attention to detail and creative originality, resulting in innovative cocktails which will be showcased in a new menu to be launched in 2019.

Rosewood London’s Scarfes Bar is inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and features a roaring fire, a collection of cosy velvet armchairs and over 1,000 antique books hand-picked by a Portobello antique dealer. Adorning the walls are canvases by renowned artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, most famous for his political cartoons.

The overall atmosphere is one of eclectic and witty sophistication, with complimentary live music seven nights a week.