About Us

diffordsguide.com is aimed at discerning drinkers and is one of the world‘s largest and most-visited drinks-related websites.

Our brand was first established in 2001 by Simon Difford, and in addition to the website, we also publish a series of drinks-related guide books under the diffordsguide brand name, with ‘diffordsguide Cocktails’, now in its 11th edition, the best known.

From bar reviews, to product tastings and lifestyle content, diffordsguide is a global authority on cocktail culture. We have been recognised and awarded many time over, not least in 2013 when we won Best Cocktail Writing (publication) at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.

In addition, we also utilise our in-house writers, editors, photographers and graphic designers to contract-publish bespoke print and digital publications and websites for the world’s largest drinks companies.

This work happens under our parent company’s name, Odd Firm of Sin (an anagram of founder Simon Difford) which publishes and supplies copy and images to the drinks industry and acts as a consultant in brand development, cocktail development and drink serves. The company was founded in 1997 and over the past 16 years has amassed unrivalled databases populated with images and information on all areas of alcoholic beverages including: beers, wines, spirits, cocktails, bars, distilleries, breweries, brand owning companies, distributors and the bartenders, distillers and others who work in the drinks industry. You can see the website here.

All this demands thousands of fabulous images to accompany our award-winning writers’ prolific content – photographs of cocktails (over 3,500 images alone), bartenders, bars, distilleries and distillers. As a result we believe we own the largest drinks-related photographic library in the world. And a significant proportion of the company’s present annual revenue comes from photography commissioned by drinks companies – the two biggest, Diageo and Pernod-Ricard, included. We have our own private bar, the Cabinet Room, which sits directly above our London office, which we use for photography and special events.

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Simon Difford

Simon lives and breathes the modern drinks industry. His own bar, at his house in South London, is one of the best stocked bars in the world, with practically every example of spirits and liqueurs on the market today. He has become a world authority and expert on distillation and is respected for his encyclopeadic knowledge of spirits production. And when he's not tasting and testing new products, he's out there 'in the field' road-testing bars around the world - instantly recognizable if not by his personal appearance but by his signature bar call - so if you hear someone ask for a 'Classic Daiquiri' in a Cockney accent, better make sure it's a good 'un!

Likes: Blue shirts, gadgets, everything just-so

Dislikes: Religion, tweeting, public transport

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Sally Walker-Taylor

Sally is also responsible for keeping us up to date in the ways of the internet. She's a kick-ass digital designer who is extremely patient and known for her ability to speak slowly until the rest of us understand. She works from Bristol and is also a professional trapeze artist, but is currently between circuses - seriously!

Likes: Hanging upside down, pot plants, her many cats

Dislikes: Stopping smoking, our continual spec changes

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Jane Ryan

Jane is our intrepid in-house hack - a journalist who came to us after completing her degree in London and a brief spell in political journalism. As you may imagine she's much happier writing about bars and booze. She's a proper Aussie and swears like a trooper, but is so young she has no memory of early Neighbours plot lines. Armed only with a napkin and a blunt pencil she's always on the look-out for a story.

Likes: Raw green peppers, Henry VIII, swimming in Noosa

Dislikes: Mozzie bites, sand in her cozzie, neck sunburn

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Karen Fick

Karen is our office mother, wise oracle and keeper of the keys when it comes to Simon's diary. Previously a Penguin books sales rep and the Good Pub Guide Managing Editor for 20 years we trust her knowledge of spelling and grammar implicitly. Her calming nature has helped improve the office and certainly makes life a lot more organised but she constantly wants to re-arrange the office furniture. We only forgive her due to her exceptional tea-making abilities.

Likes: Her journey to work in the Thames Clipper, her allotment, mountains

Dislikes: Holiday endings, holiday endings, holiday endings!

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Allison Renfrew

Allison is out latest recruit, joining the sales team and has become our mini-Adam, albeit with a full head of hair and a strong Glaswegian accent. She came to diffordsguide via a florist and to say we're disappointed in the lack of stunning floral arrangements in the office is putting it mildly. Allison is constantly out and about in the industry shaking hands and downing cocktails, adding to our growing belief that this Glaswegian may have hollow legs.

Likes: Bicycles, coffee, beanie hats

Dislikes: Snoozing, yellow shoes, the Tube

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