Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

London pub removes "sick" 'Bloody Sundae' cocktail from menu

A London bar has stopped selling a “sick and offensive” cocktail named after one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles following public outcry., writes John Mulgrew

Sundae Bloody Sundae Cocktail being served in London's Adventure Bar, Covent Garden
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. 29.1.12

The ‘Sundae, Bloody Sundae' drink – which was being served at Adventure Bar in Covent Garden — has now been removed from sale, the bar has said.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed that the “crass and offensive” cocktail was being sold complete with a toy soldier atop a swirl of cream.

Named after Bloody Sunday — in which 14 innocent people were killed as paratroopers opened fire on them in Londonderry in 1972 — it prompted anger and revulsion among relatives of those killed.

In a statement on the pub’s Twitter page, Adventure Bar said it “would like to again apologise unreservedly to everyone offended by the cocktail ‘Sundae Bloody Sundae’”.

“It was never our intention to offend anyone and to clarify, we removed the drink from sale permanently on Tuesday.”

Relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday had said they would seek legal action if necessary to ensure the “vile” cocktail at the London club was removed from sale.

After being contacted by the Belfast Telegraph last week, a spokesman for the bar then claimed that perception in London was “very different” to Northern Ireland while at the same time saying the organisation was “highly apologetic”.

The SDLP's Colum Eastwood, a long-time supporter of the Bloody Sunday families, had also called for the bar to remove the drink from its menu.

Belfast man Adam McGibbon (25), who noticed the cocktails on sale, said he couldn't believe the bar was serving the ice-cream based drink.

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