Our favourite bartenders: Guillaume Le Dorner

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Guillaume Le Dorner, 69 Colebrooke Row, London. Photograph: Addie Chinn

Where did you learn your craft?

Pintxo People, Brighton.

Name a few of the places you’ve worked

Pintxo People, Pinchito, 69 Colebrooke Row.

Who’s the most inspiring person you’ve worked with and why?

Bruce Bartholomew, he has a passion for his job and always manage to get himself out of any tricky situation with charm.

What makes a good bartender?

A good bartender’s first priority is tending to the needs of his guests. Attention to detail  is a must, too.

Which bartenders do you admire and why?

Tobias Blazquez Garcia for his aptitude to entertain a crowd, Marcis Dzelzainis for his knowledge, Thoma Girard for his unique way of seeing things.

What’s your proudest moment as a bartender?

Having regulars from a previous bar follow me to the next bar I was working at.

Shaken or stirred?

Stirred.

What’s your favourite drink?

To mix:
Manhattan.

To drink:
Dry Martini.

On your menu:
Rhubarb Gimlet.

What’s your definition of a bartender and a mixologist and where do you fit in?

A mixologist sees drinks making from a scientific point of view only, whereas when a bartender creates and makes drinks he/she entertains guests at the same time. A bartender performs under pressure, that’s his craft. A mixologist combines flavour, that’s his.

What’s your favourite ingredient?

Vermouth.

What’s your essential piece of bar kit?

A bar spoon

What’s your failsafe recipe to mix at home?

A gin and tonic.

If you could mix a cocktail for anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Eric Tabarly (former French yachtsman), he would have so much to say about one of his journey.

Find Guillaume tending bar at 69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA. T: 07540 528593. 69colebrookerow.com.
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