Spotlight on… Callum Houston, The Yorkshire Bartender

27th Jun 2019

The Yorkshire Bartender began when Callum Houston, Managing Director and his partner thought about at hiring a bar for their own wedding. Having worked for mobile bars in the past he wasn’t comfortable having them at his own wedding.

Recognising that ridged menus with limited flexibility and drinks prices of extortionate proportions is what we have come to expect from a wedding bar, he set out to offer something different in an attempt to break away from the normality in the industry.

The Yorkshire Bartender offers a wedding bar that is tailored specifically to your preferences. The menu features affordable drinks prices with a selection of high quality cocktails, liquors, wines, beer and ale. As he’s become one of our favourite wedding suppliers, we thought it was time to get to know the man behind the bow tie!

The Yorkshire Bartender pouring a cocktail
How do you work with couples who book The Yorkshire Bartender?

Each wedding is unique. We personalise all our drinks menus to match a couple’s taste. Once a couple have booked the Yorkshire Bartender they receive confirmation of their booking along with a wedding questionnaire, which we ask be filled in. This questionnaire allows us to truly personalise our bar package on the day to meet a couple’s taste.

Two months prior to the wedding couples receive a bespoke wedding menu, which has been hand illustrated, any revisions to the menu will be then be made before agreeing a finalised menu a month before the wedding. Additionally, we are contactable at any point during the lead up to a couple’s wedding. Have you tasted a new cocktail you’d like to add to the menu? Got a question regarding timings? Or maybe you’re just unsure on something and want some clarification. We always have time for our couples.

Who would you recommend engaged couples follow on social media for inspiration (apart from yourself)?

Rock My Wedding gave me so much inspiration for my own wedding. So You’re Getting Married has great honeymoon tips! Brides Up North and Love My Dress are full of great content (plus its always nice to support us northerners).

Can you recommend something exciting for a tee-totaller to join in the celebrations?

Oh we love a mocktail! They have really started a resurgence recently and all our menus now feature at least 3 mocktails on the menu! We recommend our cocktail ginger spice. Made with ginger, lemongrass, seedlip spice liquor (it’s non alcoholic!) and ginger ale. It’s refreshing, light and feels like your drinking a cocktail without the sore head in the morning!

cocktail being made at Birdsall Estate

What do you love to drink?

My current favourite is a smoked statesman! Don Draper made old fashions’ popular again but our smoke statesman adds a unique twist to a great classic. It’s a must for your wedding menu!

What’s been the highlight for your business so far?

There has been so many! We love working at so many beautiful weddings, have met so many lovely people and local suppliers.

When you’re not running Yorkshire Bartender how do you like to spend your time?

Mostly going for walks and exploring the Yorkshire country side with our office pug, Percy. With a little Yorkshire Bartender soon to be born that may all change though…

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Thanks to Todd and Moore Photography for the images!

The wedding team at Birdsall are always happy to work alongside The Yorkshire Bartender. Get in touch to discuss planning your wedding at Birdsall House!

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