Exeter’s Quayside Distillery continues to expand following apprenticeship posting
A new apprentice is bringing a unique set of skills to the Quayside team in Exeter as they continue to expand their repertoire of spirits, liqueurs and distillates. Olly Symons will serve as an apprentice to the venue’s lead distiller, Tom Cook.
The team recognises his passion for mixology, alongside a diverse background in hospitality and an unwavering love for spirits, will bring more energy into an already very vibrant business.
At just 23 years old, Olly’s journey in the hospitality industry began in the heart of the kitchen as a talented chef.
‘I’m very excited to have Olly on board as our new apprentice,’ says George Nightingale, owner of Quayside Distillery.
‘His experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable in helping us take our cocktails and distillates to a whole new level. He’s built a wonderful rapport with his previous client base, and we hope this will continue on his venture with us.’
Olly’s culinary pursuits led him to explore various roles in bar work before embarking on an adventurous journey to Australia, where he managed a small hostel bar, facilitated unforgettable party bus tours, and even worked on a banana farm.
Returning to his roots in the local scene, Olly further honed his craft by working in renowned cocktail bars. Notably, he made a mark at the Mermaid on Gandy Street, where his creativity and mixology skills captivated patrons.
For the past 20 months, Olly has been an integral part of Crossed Anchors in Exmouth. Immersed in the world of brewing, he enthusiastically contributed to the brewery’s operations while also lending his expertise to their event bars.
Quayside: recently launched range of highly anticipated drinks
Olly’s appointment is timely, with Quayside recently launching their highly anticipated range of cellos which saw the long-awaited Limoncello, Limecello and Narancello hit the market for purchase.
With his appointment as Tom’s apprentice at Quayside Distillery, Olly embarks on a new chapter in his journey, with his first task entailing an overhaul of Quayside’s cocktail offering.
‘Having the opportunity to work with Quayside Distillery is an honour, and I can’t wait to begin my journey as Tom’s apprentice,’ says Olly.
‘His expertise and skills are second to none and I look forward to learning more about Quayside’s unique processes.’