"In my long association with all-things-bar I have had a few people say very nice and flattering things about me. Although I am loathe to blow my own trumpet I think these kind people have done have done it exquisitely..." Angus
"As well as enjoying the attention of Dale De Groff (cocktail legend without equal), the menu and barstaff have recently had some input from Angus Winchester who, in his previous incarnation as International Playboy Bartender, has served more bespoke Martinis to the glitterati than I’ve had hot dinners. As a result, the Trailer Happiness team are one of the best in town." www.viewlondon.co.uk
"Like most people who are into this industry “heart, soul, and pocket” it is hard to find time to read the graffiti on the back of a public toilet, let alone actually reading some thing meaningful. So for the 10 minutes I stole to read your article in the September issue of bartender magazine, I am extremely thankful. I look forward to your next column."
Nick Pinn, Glass Bar, Brisbane.
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GQ, Aug 2004
"Having read your piece in NZ bartender Feb/March.I thought i was one of few that looked at the back bar with such reverence.As you say each bottle contains history, culture and often upheavel.Selling something that someone made and cares about and passing that on to the customer is as rewarding as getting paid.It's not work if you enjoy it. Thank you"
Adrian Doss, Napier, New Zealand
"FIFTY can only be described as an elegant playground for the rich and famous. Located in London's exclusive Mayfair, the venue boasts a casino, an elegant bar run by Salvatore Calabrese and featuring top mixologist Angus Winchester, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's world-renowned Vong restaurant and an ultra-hip nightclub. The brainchild of Robert Earl, this member's only is truly a one-stop shop for grown-up fun."
GQ, Dec 2004
"Modern Professional Bartending's biggest ambassador, and one top guy!" www.shaker-uk.com
I recently watched your interview with Neil Garner of Barwizards. I have been bartending for four years and flair bartending for a little over one. My passion for my job is unparalled with anything I have done in my life. You have inspired me to truly pursue a life behind the wood. I don't want fame or fortune. I want to make a living doing what I absolutely love. Bartending. I write to ask for any help, be it books, training, an opportunity to visit you. Absolutely anything that could put me on a path to becoming not just a great mixologist, flair, or ordinary barman, but somebody that is respected for what I do. Thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to any thoughts you might have."
"Someone who was replicating the earth's magnetic field quite nicely under this own steam was Angus Winchester, Uber-alchemist of the show's main central.bar feature. The Trailer H frontman look like he'd packed on a decade of stone-ground cocktail years by the end of the first day. While bar.04's most namechecked indvidual, Dale DeGroff, was busy signing copies of his seminal work The Craft Of The Cocktail as though his life depended on it. Angus and his mix team ran the Paul-Daly designed bar for Trailer Happiness as a Tiki education, with a cap of three drinks per person ensuring that the avec moderation leit motif was maintained. And while Angus's team were hotwiring some majestic cocktails in a frenzy of activity, some of the greatest bartenders in the world were found serving tiki-inspired cocktails. Alongside the likes of Michael Butt, Sam Jeavons, Pete Kendall and Kevin Armstrong, at one point Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese and Julio Bermejo were all working in tandem. Giles Looker also took time off his bar shift to spin some tunes to great acclaim. If you were looking for a star and a trend at this show then Winchester and Tiki were probably it. As Angus remembers, "When Andrew Campana, Peter Dorelli and Michael Butt popped behind the stick the next day I knew I could die a happy man. To watch these guys in action, from Julio running after a non-paying guest to the Match guys rocking it big time was poetry in motion and an education for all. Not just their skill but their humility was a pleasure and I was honoured to be able to call upon their services."
Jerry Gilbert, Theme Magazine