Across the country, many bright eyed and bushy tailed young people are getting ready to travel and set up a new life at their upcoming universities. The next few weeks will see overloads of Ikea furniture travelling up and down the motorways and eager 18-19 year olds getting themselves ready for the most important two weeks of their university initiation – fresher’s.

No matter what university you attend, you are guaranteed to have a fresher’s week of a lifetime. Themed events, special discounts, offers and countless incentives at bars and enough fancy dress parties to keep your creative juices flowing – Fresher’s week is a date in the university calendar that no one wants to miss.

All Hogarths bars provide the perfect environment to ask new housemates and course mates to meet and enjoy a drink round a table to get to know each other. We provide plenty of private booth seating areas and a cosy environment to make you feel you are in a home from home.

Should you join any societies and groups our bars provide the perfect location to gather.

A perfect way to get to know your new friends is by sharing. Our gin sharing trays are just the ticket – with different flavours and gins to choose from you can all gather round and tuck in.

All our bars serve a wide variety of drinks from cocktails to a massive selection of rums and gins all served with premium mixers and garnishes. We also offer a terrific non-alcoholic selection.

Whatever your favourite flavours are Hogarths has a drink perfectly suited to your taste. Our Zymurgorium perfect serves range from Turkish delight to parma violet sweets, with many more flavours reminding you of your childhood classics.

And the best bit about heading to Hogarths after your lectures? Our prices remain consistently low all year round. So once the excitement of fresher’s has worn off Hogarths is here to welcome you with the pound saving prices.

There are 14 Hogarths located around the country with some offering extra special goody bags this week for fresher’s.

Fresher’s you can find your nearest Hogarths at the following Facebook and Instagram pages. Like and follow us so you can stay informed on what’s happening across our bars and up to date on all our latest favourite flavours:

  1. Hogarths Lancaster         | www.facebook.com/HogarthsLancaster | @HogarthsLancaster
  2. Hogarths Preston             | www.facebook.com/HogarthsPreston | @HogarthsPreston
  3. Hogarths Swansea           | www.facebook.com/HogarthsSwansea | @HogarthsSwansea  
  4. Hogarths Newport          | www.facebook.com/HogarthsNewport | @HogarthsNewport
  5. Hogarths South Shields | www.facebook.com/HogarthsSouthShields | @HogarthsSouthShields
  6. Hogarths Bolton               | www.facebook.com/HogarthsBolton | @HogarthsNewport
  7. Hogarths Blackpool         | www.facebook.com/HogarthsBlackpool | @HogarthsBlackpool
  8. Hogarths Ilkeston            | www.facebook.com/HogarthsIlkeston | @HogarthsIlkeston
  9. Hogarths Stafford            | www.facebook.com/HogarthsStafford | @HogarthsStafford
  10. Hogarths Newcastle Under Lyme | www.facebook.com/HogarthsNewcastleUnderLyme | @HogarthsNUL
  11. Hogarths Wakefield        | www.facebook.com/Hogarthswakefield | @HogarthsWakefield
  12. Hogarths Hereford          | www.facebook.com/HogarthsHereford | @HogarthsHereford
  13. Hogarths Tamworth        | www.facebook.com/HogarthsTamworth | @HogarthsTamworth
  14. Hogarths Leicester          | www.facebook.com/HogarthsLeicesterGIn | @HogarthsLeicester

With summer well and truly underway, August brings us one of the greatest sporting rivalries since its beginning way back in 1882. Nearly 150 years later, millions will be watching over the next few weeks to see who will bring home the title. Yes, that’s right, it is time for the Ashes 2019 and here at Hogarths we have everything set for you to enjoy the world’s greatest cricket in your favourite gin palace. 

Where It Did All Begin?

For those of you who are unaware of the history of the ashes, it is believed the term ‘ashes’ was coined after Australia won the test series back in 1882-1883. With Australia winning on English soil, at the Oval, the media went crazy and vowed that the next series would be a ‘quest to regain the ashes’. However, the term died off in later series but was globally revitalised from 1903 when Pelham Warner claimed he would take the England team to Australia to regain ‘the ashes’ and since then the phrase has stuck and has been its name ever since. 

What Are ‘The Ashes’?

At the start of ‘ashes’ history, when England won two of the three tests on the Tour in Australia, a small urn was presented to England by a group of Melbourne ladies. The contents of the urn are said to be the ashes of a wooden bail and humorously described as the “ashes of Australian cricket”.  Since then, the urn is presented to the winning team who win the majority of the tests in the series. If the series is drawn, then the urn goes to the team who held the ashes in the previous tournament. Whether the urn still contains the same ashes is a mystery to this day, but wouldn’t it be amazing if the urn held actually contained remains of the wicket from the first tournament over 150 years ago! 

This Year

With the first test at Edgbaston, luck is set in our favour as England haven’t lost a test at Edgbaston to a team in over 11 years. Captained by the amazing Joe Root and teamed with the stars of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow – the England team is looking stronger than ever so let’s hope that the ashes are coming home and we show the Aussies who really are the keeper of the ashes!

Catch all of the ashes action in your local Hogarth’s, with our glorious gins, brilliant beers and fantastic flat screen tvs – we have everything you need to make this ashes the best one yet!

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The sun is shining, the weather is warm and school staff have kicked off their heels and finished for the summer holidays. Across the country, teachers and teaching assistants can wake up without the pressure of a 9am class and spend their time planning what fun things they are going to do whilst enjoying classroom-free time off. 

At Hogarths we applaud the hard-work school teachers and support staff put in to nurture the minds of the next generation and with the term well and truly over – we have some fantastic gins to celebrate that school is finally done and dusted…at least for the next 5 weeks.

Our Top 3 Gins For You Hardworking Teachers:

A Fruity, Floral Favourite 

This fruit-laced gin is perfect for the summer months. Brockmans gin is flavoured with 10 botanicals, including citrus and wild berries which blends perfectly with the soft and rounded harmonies of blueberries and blackberries. We recommend to serve this glorious gin over ice with a garnish of blueberries and blackberries and a splash of Ginger Ale.

The Quintessential Gin

We would be wrong to recommend any gins without including a British classic. Tanqueray London Dry Gin is the gin of champions and to all you educational professionals out there – you deserve the best.  This classically crisp gin has exceptional, fresh grapefruit citrus fruit notes as well as subtle juniper and a delicious hint of spice, along with a touch of dryness on the palate. We serve perfectly over ice with Fevertree Tonic and a handful of lemon wedges

The Luscious Liqueur

There are ever expanding flavours coming from Zymurgorium. We’re still loving the sweet shop inspired ‘Parma Violets’ – this has been one of our best-selling gins since opening. This sweet violet gin liqueur from the inventive Manchester distillers produces a subtly floral gin that is great for those of you knew to gin or that fancy something a little sweeter on the palette. We perfectly serve this Wonkatastic creation with Schweppes Lemonade, over ice and with crushed Parma Violets. 

So now that many of you have been literally ‘saved by the bell’ – get yourselves and your friends, take some time to relax and grab yourself one of our perfect serves and start your summer in style. 

What’s better than gin? Is there any reasonable answer to this fantastic question…well yes… what’s better than one gin – of course it is THREE!

Our gin flights are served on wonderful wooden trays and gorgeously garnished to give you three perfect serves of our amazing gins: Hogarths, Tanqueray, Edinburgh and Pink Gins are finished with our recommended mixers to really give your gins the perfection they deserve. 

Hogarth’s Flight

Featuring a triage of Hogarth’s own premium gins. This fruity flights gives you a mixture of mouth-watering gins that will most definitely transport you to summer days with our Strawberry & Vanilla gin making you feel like you’re enjoying a punnet of fresh strawberries and cream right in the heart of Wimbledon. We decided to include the best of Hogarth’s range of own brand gins staring Passionfruit Gin Liqueur, Strawberry & Vanilla Gin and our sweet-shop speciality Bubble Gum gin. Perfectly paired with fruit garnishes and Schweppes Lemonade – this trio will kept your tastebuds tingling. 

Tanqueray Flight

Being a British classic it is no wonder we had to create a flight of three of Tanqueray’s amazing gins . Featuring Tanqueray’s original London Dry and their No.10 – these classically crisp and refreshing spirits are pleasing to the pallet and you will notice a difference in taste between the 2. For a fruity twist, the game changer to this flight is the Spanish speciality of Tanqueray’s Seville edition producing a subtle orange flavour to give this gin flight a thirst-quenching, refreshing finish.  

Edinburgh Flight

Infused by fruits and natural botanicals, our Edinburgh Gin flight features all flavours natural and British. Presenting a trio of incredible gin liqueurs that have been firm favourites amongst Hogarth’s patrons since our doors opened. Raspberry, Plum & Vanilla and Rhubarb & Ginger are the three stars in this gin flight. Garnished with fresh fruit and perfectly paired with Schweppes Lemonade, we highly recommend this gin flight if your new to gin or simply want a sweet, succulent and fruity explosion of great gin that will keep your taste buds tingling.

Pink Gin

Since pink gin hit our bars it has proved to be immensely popular, and with great taste it’s easy to see why. Our pink gin flight contains 3 very flavour packed gins: Puerto De Indias, Greenall’s and Gordons Pink. Each showcase their own very different yet sweet flavours. We recommend choosing Schweppes 1783 tonic water or Schweppes Lemonade – depending on how much of a sweet tooth you have. Each gin is garnished perfectly with strawberries and raspberries.

The sun is out, the lawns are cut and a lifetime supply of strawberries have been picked for one of the great British sporting events that we all have come to love and adore. Britain is showcasing the best tennis the world has to offer. That’s right…it’s Wimbledon!

With the world’s eyes fixated on the battle of the top 3 male players Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic – will this be the year a shock underdog takes the crown? With Serena Williams back on fine form, does she have what it takes to snatch the title back from reigning champion Angelique Kerber? No matter who wins this year, we have everything you need to really put the wow in your Wimbledon. We have selected our top three gins that will keep your taste buds tingling..

Here are our “Game, Set and Match” gins to enjoy at Hogarths whilst watching all the tennis action in our bars.

1 Puerto de Indiasis

Their scrumptiously sumptuous Strawberry Gin so succulent its good enough to eat. With notes of fresh strawberry and juniper, this 37.5% ABV gin offers a wonderfully whimsical summer sensation that is perfectly paired with Schweppes Lemonade for a juicy and delightful tipple.

2 Brockman’s – A Fruity Favourite

A beautifully crafted and ultra-premium gin. With a fruity punch to keep your needs for strawberries and cream at an all-time high, this glorious gin is intensely smooth and features botanicals of coriander, angelica and juniper teamed with sweet influences of wild berries and citrus. Perfectly serve over ice with Schweppes Ginger Ale, fresh Blackberries and blueberries.

3 Zymurgorium – It’s All About The Strawberries

As Wimbledon hands out more punnets of strawberries in two weeks than are bought in most supermarkets throughout the year, we couldn’t recommend a drink more than Zymurgorium’s succulent Strawberry & Mint. With no less than 50% pressed strawberry fruit per bottle this glorious gin is full over flavour! We suggest serving perfectly over ice with Schweppes Lemonade and strawberries. 

A special mention and fingers crossed to our previous champion Andy Murray, let’s hope he smashes his doubles tournament and takes the title again. No matter what the outcome, our perfect serves are a must to enjoy whilst watching the perfect serves of some legends at Wimbledon this year. 

As the month of June has come to a sunny end, here at Hogarths we wanted to take pride in one of the most influential events taking place across many countries in the world. LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The rainbow flags are out, marches are booming and across the world people are coming together to show tolerance, diversity and show that it “is okay to be gay”.  At Hogarths we most definitely believe that Love is Love is Love and to celebrate this annual celebration of overcoming all things queer, one of our bars; Hogarths Lancaster has something amazing on offer to commemorate this fantastic event. 

Welcome all, to the Pride Gin Tree. Consisting of 9 Perfect Serves – this colourful rainbow of our best gins is on offer at just £55. The wonderful gin sharer contains a double measure of gin, complimentary mixer and a glorious garnish. Representing each of the colours of the Pride Rainbow – this Pride Gin Tree is definitely one to share with your loved ones and raise a glass (or 9) to how far we have progressed in LGBT+ gay rights and all things rainbowfied. 

The Tree Consists Of:

1X Hogarth’s Strawberry & Vanilla

2x Boe Spiced Orange

2x Hogarth’s Passion Fruits

1x Zymurgorium Sweet Violet

1x Beefeater with Midori & Mixer

2x Beefeater with Bols & Mixer. 

Focused around the Stonewall riots in Manhattan in June 1969, Pride is a positive stance against discrimination and violence towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people. Pride celebrates the love that each and every one of us has a right to and across our Hogarths home towns – events will be popping up with marches, parties and festivals across the UK such as Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds Pride. With recent homophobic attacks hitting headlines in places such as London, Pride is important now more than ever to raise awareness and tolerance that is it ok to love who you love. So from all of us at Hogarths – get your rainbows ready because although the official month for Pride is over – we cannot wait for the LGBTQ+ events that are still to come.

So come and share a perfect serve with whoever you love and remember be PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE