Paul is swapping Mickey Mouse and millionaires for cocktails in Derbyshire

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A cocktail maestro from Chesterfield, who served celebrities on board luxury multi-million pound super yachts, is hoping to shake things up at a popular Derby gastropub.

Paul Goodwin, 39, spent eight years working on Disney cruise ships which sail around the world before swapping Mickey Mouse for millionaires, when he joined Seattle-based Seabourn.

In all, Paul visited 85 countries during his time at sea and rubbed shoulders with Formula One racing drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen and celebrities like Sir Cliff Richard, Sue Barker, Daniel O’Donnell and Chris Tarrant.

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Now, he is back on dry land as the new bar manager at House of Darwin, in Shelton Lock and he has as plans as grand as the boats he used to work on.

Paul Goodwin can't wait to get startedPaul Goodwin can't wait to get started
Paul Goodwin can't wait to get started

Paul said: “I just love making drinks for people, experimenting with different flavours and infusions to create something totally new.

“I’m very grateful to House of Darwin for taking me on after I was made redundant during lockdown.

“It’s my passion and I am looking forward to sharing that with the talented staff we currently have here.

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The menu is on-par with some of the restaurants I worked in on the cruise ships and I’m excited about working on a ‘12 Drinks of Christmas’ cocktail tasting menu with the staff here.

“I hope that I can share my passion and knowledge with House of Darwin and to move their already impressive cocktail menu forward.”