The Winchester Cup 2018

The Winchester Cup competition takes place on Monday 5 February 2018 and is open to bars based within a 55-mile radius of Winchester.

This competition will give shortlisted local bartenders the opportunity to compete in front of a small audience of Trade Wristband holders in order to win the Winchester Cup for their venue as well as an incredible prize for him- or herself.

Cabinet Rooms’ main goal for the competition is to encourage collaboration and friendly competition in the area as well as to promote the creative use of local ingredients.

Above all it should be fun for all involved!

How to Enter

Step One

Click here to check if you’re eligible to enter!
Make sure the bar you are representing is within 55-miles from Winchester and that you can accept the terms of entry (below).

Step Two

Design your cocktail. This should include no more than five ingredients plus garnish. One of your ingredients should be produced/sourced locally to you.

Step Three

Submit details of your cocktail below before midnight on (that’s the morning of)
Monday 29 January 2018. Remember to explain what gives your cocktail a ‘local’ flavour.

If you are shortlisted, you’ll be contacted before 01 February 2018 to invite you to participate in the live competition from 6pm on Monday 5 February 2018 at the Guildhall Winchester.

You will be judged on the following criteria:

Name – 5 points
Appearance – 10 points
Aroma – 10 points
Flavour – 20 points
Use of Local – 5 points

The Winchester Cup is sponsored by LaserCell and the Guildhall Winchester.

By submitting my entry, I confirm I have read and accepted the terms of entry and am authorised to do so on behalf of the above business.


1. This competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over, except employees of the Organiser, their families, agents or anyone else professionally associated with the competition.

2. Details of how to enter form part of the terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules.

3. To enter this competition entrants must submit their cocktail specification on the Winchester Cocktail Week website before midnight on Monday 29 January 2018. To qualify, cocktails must contain no more than five ingredients plus a garnish.

4. Entrants will be shortlisted by the Organisers and the finalists will be notified of their success on or before Thursday 01 February 2018.

5. Finalists will be invited to make their cocktail before the panel of judges and a group of local hospitality professionals at Winchester Guildhall from 6pm on Monday 5 February 2018. Upon acceptance of this invitation, it is the responsibility of the finalist to ensure he or she is on site at least half an hour before the start of the event. Transportation, accommodation or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in this event will not be reimbursed by the Organiser. Acceptance of this invitation will be considered acceptance of the terms and conditions of entry in the competition.

6. The finalists will be required to create three serves of their submitted cocktail for the judges and will provide their own ingredients, garnishes and any special equipment or glassware required to create and serve their cocktail. The Organiser can provide basic bartending equipment and glassware if required where notified at least 3 days in advance of the live competition. Ice will be provided.

7. The judges will judge each cocktail based on the following criteria: Name (5 points), Appearance (10 points), Aroma (10 points), Flavour (20 points), Use of Local (5 points). The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

8. The overall winner will win a prize (to be confirmed before February 2018). The Organiser will contact the winner within one month after the event with details of how to claim the prize directly from the prize sponsor who will provide precise terms and conditions associated with its redemption.

9. Upon request, the Winchester Cup trophy will be delivered to the venue represented by the overall winner within one month after the event. Permission will be granted to the venue to hold the trophy and use it for display and/or social media and marketing purposes until one month prior to the following year’s competition. The trophy remains the property of the Organiser and it is the responsibility of the winner’s venue to ensure that it remains in good condition and undamaged. The venue may be held liable for costs of cleaning or replacement should the trophy be damaged while in its care.

10. The prize is non transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

11. The finalists and their cocktails may be named in subsequent publicity. The cocktail specifications remain the intellectual property of the respective competitors.

12. Data provided by entrants will be governed by the Organiser’s privacy policy (see

13. Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Organiser and accordingly the Organiser may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Organiser as a result thereof.

Organiser: The Cabinet Rooms Collection Ltd, Avebury House, 6 St Peter Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8BN