Happy Rumdays’, is named winner at inaugural Toast of the Town event

May 30,2016

Happy Rumdays has been announced as the winner of the first ever Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Toast of the Town competition, held at the Copthorne Hotel in Manchester last night.

Created by 29 year old Danni Crook, from Salford, the victorious cocktail was chosen by M.E.N Features Writer and head judge, Sarah Walters, for best epitomising the spirit of Manchester. Sarah comments: Manchester is such a complex city, culturally, socially and politically, that being asked to find a cocktail that sums it up sounded like quite a challenge.

You think of Manchester's rich musical history, from The Hollies to Joy Division and Oasis, of its superclubs at The Hacienda and Sankeys, of its cool bars, and of its iconic buildings: the Beetham and Co-operative towers, Central Library, the Toast Rack, the Cathedral. The spirit all those things symbolise for me is ambition and a passion for partying. It was that I was looking for, and that I found, in the Happy Rumdays cocktail. It really embodied the Manchester I know,delicious and bold! So it was the clear winner for me.

Chosen for its sense of humour, inventiveness, good marriage of flavours and of course, its Happy Mondays pun, Danni fought off stiff competition from more than 20 local fashion and lifestyle bloggers, who were all competing to invent their very own Manchester-themed cocktail.

Launched by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, the Toast of the Town initiative aims to celebrate towns and cities across Britain by stimulating our senses. Nayan Peshkar, VP Revenue Management and Ecommerce, at Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, explains: Britain is unique, with its eclectic mix of towns and cities which truly make it great. To help showcase this, we are touring the country, inviting the nation's leading bloggers to encapsulate their home town.

With its heritage and enviable sense of community, Manchester was the ideal location to launch the initiative, so we're delighted with the response, and of course, the unique cocktail combinations produced.

Guests were taken on a delectable two hour journey through cocktail making with mixology experts, The Cocktail Service, who first taught guests how to mix the perfect cocktails before joining Sarah on the judging panel.

itstartedwithasquish.com blogger Danni, says: The evening was a fantastic way to celebrate all that Manchester has to offer, while tasting some delicious cocktails along the way. I'm thrilled to have fought off the competition and that Happy Rumdays has become the taste of Manchester, and am very excited to take up my prize of a two night stay at a Millennium & Copthorne hotel of my choice!

With hotels situated in iconic destinations throughout the UK, including London, Manchester, Windsor and Newcastle, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels offers the perfect getaway retreat, whether for business or leisure.

The Copthorne Hotel Manchester General Manager, Tim Cadman, concluded: Launching the Toast of the Town here in Manchester was a great opportunity to celebrate all that is great about our city, while showcasing the hotel and its facilities to guests.

With the fantastic views over Salford Quays providing the perfect scenic backdrop, everyone enjoyed a lovely evening, making and tasting some delicious cocktails.

The Happy Rumdays cocktail featured a delicious blend of rum, mint, strawberry jam and ice, which truly set it apart from the competition.

For more information on Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, please visit https://www.millenniumhotels.com/

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For further information, please contact Sara Donnelly at Beattie Communications on 0161 826 9260 or email sara.donnelly@onlybeattie.com


Notes to editors:

ABOUT MILLENNIUM & COPTHORNE HOTELS- www.millenniumhotels.com

  • Millennium & Copthorne Hotels is a publicly quoted (Lon:MLC) international hotel group with 12,000 staff and over 100 hotels around the world.
  • The group's UK hotels are located in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dudley, Gatwick, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Plymouth, Reading, Sheffield and Slough.

SOURCE: Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

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