Entrepreneurs Kurt Wilson and Harry Marquart started selling drinks online after their Prescot bar was forced to temporarily close, and now Liverpool FC coach Klopp is a customer. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp may be an adopted Scouser… but he is still missing his German beer. Luckily, two Liverpool entrepreneurs have come to the rescue.
Former star of BBC TV show The Apprentice Kurt Wilson, and his business partner Harry Marquart, are two of Merseyside’s best-known hospitality entrepreneurs. Kurt is also the founder of successful juice and nutrition brand Fuel Station, while Harry was the youngest winner of Irish Masterchef.
In August last year the duo opened a bar in Prescot town centre called, The Lord Strange. Kurt said: “The name is a reference to Lord Derby who was also referred to as Lord Strange because of his links to Shakespeare and his group of actors. A new Shakespeare theatre is opening in Prescot in 2021.
Since the UK-wide coronavirus lockdown in March, The Lord Strange has had to temporarily close its doors to punters. So the pair have followed the lead of other Merseyside drinking establishments by launching a home delivery service.
They have set up strangedrinks.co.uk which sells a range of drinks, including Krombacher beer and Liverpool Gin, and has just started offering Liverpool chef Paul Askew’s wine. And the service has already proved a hit with the ebullient German football coach.
Kurt added: “Last Friday we received orders for Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff. We presume they were craving great German beer. We are now sending all over the UK and sales of the website are getting close to the takings we were getting from the bar.”