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Based out of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in South West England, The Cotswold Bar Company provides complete mobile bar services for weddings and events. These friendly and experienced professionals are dedicated to tailoring their services to suit your needs and vision. From their vintage box bar to the retro VW campervan bar, Gumpy, each option may be customised to suit your style.

Services Offered

The Cotswold Bar Company offers a range of flexible bar services for your special day. They can provide full-service packages, dry-hire options, and a unique Wedding Butler beverage delivery service that can cover all your refreshment needs. They also offer a delightful array of vintage china and glassware rentals that can be selected to suit your event theme and style. This business is happy to travel nationwide to serve your big day and can provide an alcohol license for your convenience.

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Frequently asked questions

Services:

Bar staff
Equipment hire
Signature cocktail

Type:

Cash and card bar
Drink truck
Dry hire bar
Open bar
Tabbed bar
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Reviews for The Cotswold Bar Company

3.9 out of 5 rating
3.9 out of 5 rating
8 reviews
78% recommend it
  • Quality of the service
    3.8 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    3.6 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    3.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    3.9 out of 5 rating
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Cait K. Sent on 29/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous Cocktails & Excellent Service!

James and the team set up a really attractive bar area for our wedding and created our delicious and great-looking signature cocktails. They were a great addition to our wedding and we’re very thankful for them for helping our day go so smoothly! Thank you!
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Laura M. Sent on 12/07/2024
1.4 out of 5 rating

Awful rude owner

We went to a wedding recently with the company. Rude staff, looked very scruffy. Avoid at all costs
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James H. Sent on 05/07/2024
2.2 out of 5 rating

Left a bad taste

Probably the only bad memory from our wedding was the bar service.
Before the wedding I specified that certain drinks would be consumed in large quantities, they ran out of these drinks at 10pm and refused to source more.
They refused to wash glasses so we had to hire a lot more glassware before switching to plastic that they provided, however they were trying to persuade people to drink straight from bottles/cans to save them money.
From the very start, all they were obsessed with was money, I wanted to have a particular draught beer on. They were not willing to assist in this and so I had to source my own beer, stand, pump and cooling system. They insisted that they needed to make £3/pint profit on the beer which cost them nothing as I had paid for it and would stand any leftover at the end.
We did not feel like they were interested in making our day special, in fact they had very little interest in working with us at all.
I, the groom had to ring our local pub to source more tonic water and port at 10pm as they had run out. The bar said they would buy the tonic in order to keep selling. When presented with the tonic, they refused to buy it, stating that they can buy the same tonic cheaper themselves. They however refused to go and source said cheaper tonic leaving the bar mostly dry.
One thing you do not want to have to deal with on your wedding is a poorly managed bar and this unfortunately is what we had to do. It quite frankly ruined my evening, especially when they were charging top prices for mediocre drinks.

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Matt Sent on 18/07/2023
2.4 out of 5 rating

Unimpressed.

We booked the Cotswold Bar Company for our wedding. Whilst the bar served its purpose, I was unimpressed with James’ conduct and attitude, so would not recommend using them.

For context, the company has a policy whereby no free drinks are to be provided / consumed after a certain time. Whilst I can understand why this is, I explained that I would not be agreeing to the terms and conditions as, whilst I would not be providing additional free alcohol after the meal, I did not want to be worrying about getting a bill because somebody was seen with a drink that we had provided. As promised, I did not provide any additional alcohol, nor did I police this, as I had been up front about it and wanted to enjoy my wedding.

After the event, I received an email from James, which explained that he was conflicted about giving me back my deposit because, whilst we had hit our minimum spend, he had seen people walking around with our drinks. He said that he would give us our deposit back, as long as we were happy that the terms of our agreement were met. This felt very passive aggressive to me and as though my integrity was being questioned - I also held up the terms of our agreement.

He also mentioned that they had sold virtually no beer or gin; some of which were ones that we had specifically requested. Knowing how much some of my guests had spent, I found this a very odd thing to be upset about. It was a hot day and people were enjoying cocktails; plus, I can’t control what people drink and there was nothing in the contract suggesting certain proportions of specific drinks needed to be consumed.

However, what I was most disappointed about was how he spoke to my guests. I had several individuals tell me that he’d been rude when he saw them with drinks that he hadn’t provided. As far as I’m concerned, this is inexcusable.

I emailed James with these points to allow him to address them before writing a review. The email I got back felt dismissive and lacked any real answers to my questions. It was signed off with: “moving forward I believe I have addressed your points and we will continue providing couples with our service throughout the rest of 2023 and beyond”. To me, that is not someone who is open to feedback, nor someone who cares about how they are perceived by their customers.

In summary, there are numerous options when it comes to bars for events. I certainly would not be recommending them.
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Oli Sent on 25/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Loved it

Loved the van, loved the staff, loved the day!!
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David Sent on 25/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Everyone said how good it was

Hello James, Having recovered from my party I wanted to drop you a quick message to say a big thank you. From the start you were professional and prompt to reply. This continued throughout our event and everyone said how good it was
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Sandi Sent on 25/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

So helpful

After we first spoke, I knew we were going to use you. You made everything so clear and were so helpful, we knew there was nothing to worry about as it would be handled
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Sarah Sent on 25/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Hi James, just wanted to say thank you to you and Gumpy. Everyone at the wedding loved it
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