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Ged

Ged is from London originally, and found himself studying economics in Leeds in the early 90’s. On Friday 13th 1996, two years after graduating, and 6 weeks after his 25th  birthday, Ged opened Oporto. Four years later Leelex was born, and assisted by Paul Lane and a handful of others, Ged turned Oporto into one of Leed’s finest bars. Next, to world acclaim, came Jake’s Bar, projecting drinks director Jake Burger in to international bartender stardom. The Angel’s Share followed, before a move to London in 2006 resulted in the opening of West London’s Portobello Star in 2008, which was hailed as 23rd Best Bar in the World in 2012. Following extensive research and Mexican travel (someone’s got to do it) Leelex opened Neon Cactus and Cielo Blanco, both of which  were consecutively awarded the ‘Best World Food’ award at the Oliver’s. In 2014 came Pintura Kitchen, Leeds’ first Basque tapas restaurant with extensive and celebrated gin bar, which was nominated for Imbibe’s Best Gin Drinks List 2016. Another Cielo Blanco in Exmouth Market, London followed in 2015 and in late 2016, his portfolio was topped off by The Distillery, nicknamed the gin hotel bu the press and hailed as a four floor mecca for the discerning drinker on Portobello Road, the acclaim it opened to was huge and Leelex was blessed with the highest recognition yet, a nomination for Best New International Cocktail Bar at the bartending Oscars… Tales of the Cocktail 2017. Ged is patriarch to all of this whilst creating and running Portobello Road Gin, which is currently sitting pretty as Britain’s largest premium independent gin brand. Collectively, the Leelex venues have won over 20 awards, both in the UK and internationally and are currently planning a new site in Manchester to be launched in early 2018. 

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