Ale in a Day’s Work! Brake Pours Pint and Mixes Cocktail at Local Pub

Tom Brake MP took part in UKHospitality’s Skills Challenge to gain a better understanding of the skills required in the hospitality industry, the career options available and bust the myth that hospitality workers are low-skilled.


Tom visited The Greyhound Pub in Carshalton where he had a go at some of the day-to-day activities. This involved pouring a pint, making that perfect espresso martini and chatting to customers and staff.

Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake said:

"It was great to participate in the challenge and experience first-hand the skills and personality that jobs in the hospitality industry require.

"Whilst I may not be the best barman Carshalton has ever seen, indeed I poured some of the pint I was pulling on my shoe, I really enjoyed working at the pub and speaking to staff about their own experiences.

"This was a fantastic way to learn more about the industry."

UKHospitality is the leading hospitality trade association in the UK, representing more than 700 companies.

The Skills Challenge was set up following the establishment of the Hospitality Workforce Commission 2030 in 2018, which aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the sector and give employers an opportunity to communicate this to Parliamentarians.

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