The Virtual Bar

In order to maintain correct Social Distancing , and no shoving at the bar. We ask that you attempt to make the following drinks yourself through out the evening. There will be a prize sent out for the best cocktail displayed on the evening. 

Furthermore to ensure that everyone feels like they can have a go, we have hidden the Qty for each ingredient and actively encourage a strong ULBC free pour. 

Rusty Mule £8.50 Vodka, Ginger Beer with a wedge of lime and mint   

Mospotlitian  £9.00

Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Cointreau and Fresh Lime


Whiskey Aiken £8.50 Makers Mark Whiskey, Egg White, Lemon Juice
White Watson £9.50 Vodka, Cream, Kahlua 
Hartington Royale £9.50 Creme de Cassis, Champagne
N.87 Sour £7.75 Jack Daniels, Lemon, Sugar Syrup, Maraschino Cherry
Sex on the Hard £11.50 Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Peach Schnapps, Orange Juice
Mai Taiway £100 Curacao, Orgeat Syrup, Lime Juice, Mint to Garnish
HornStar Martini £10 Vodka, Passosa, Lime Juice, Passion Fruit. Shot of Champagne

Houghtini £9.50

Champagne and Peach Juice

Jess & Mel £20

Brandy, Rum, Eggnog, Hot Milk, Nutmeg, Cinnamon. 

*Served Hot!!!

Strawberry Cassiquiri £10.50

White Rum, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Frozen Strawberries. 

Long Bennet Iced Tea £7.50

Vodka, Tequila, Light Rum, Triple Sec, Gin & Coke. 

Fosteroni £9.50

Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Peel.


Tom Dillons £12

Dry Gin, Lemmon Juice, Club Soda, Maraschino Cherry

Cooks  Cup £15.75

Pimms N.1, Ginger Ale, Cucumber, Lemon, Mint & Strawberries to Garnish. 

The Rusty Wine List

  • Classic Cuvee, Fairmile Vineyard, Henley-on-Thames, 2019 £175 per Case 
  •  Blanc de Blancs, Langham, Dorset, 2019 £99.99 per Magnum
  • Digby Leander Pink Brut NV, 2019 – Free to a Good Home
  •  Verget Chablais Grand Cru ‘Blanchot”, France, 2009 £77.85
  •  Kemeu River Estate Chardonnay, New Zealand, 2012 £20 
  • Cheateau Du Tetre, Margaux, France, 2006 £37.99 
  • Domaine Dujac Morey Saint Dennis, France, 2015 £62.91 
  • Chateau Raymond-Lafon, France, 2010 £36 
  • Barbadillo Pedro Ximenez NV, Spain £14 

The Tab 

Settling up:

Now we run an honesty bar here at UL, so to work out your payments please use the following guide:

1. 1-4 drinks, can still see straight – pay the tab

2. 5-9 drinks, can see through squinting – double the tab.

3. 10+, At least one stumble, lost the tie, and a curious mark on your Blazer – Quick get another round in and quadruple the tab. 

4. Thrown your food, and seen it twice in one sitting – Wellcome to ULBC, your tab can be settled at Empacher, don’t worry there is an order ready and waiting. 


*Responsible drinking is recommended.

Snippets from 

ULBC Through the years

“My overriding pleasure, though, has been to see so many young oarsmen and oarswomen develop so rapidly and successfully under the UL stewardship and training regime. Also the memories of the determination and dedication of many of the alumni and others that have helped in coaching and organisational capacities to make ULBC”

Alan Watson


The 50’s proved to be a decade of survival for ULBC, after reforming early on in the decade and producing some  notable results (UL W8+ representing GB in 1953, M8+ HORR 8th – 1952). The mid part of the decade progress was slow, yet in 1959 Alan Watson became chief coach and UL made their first HRR final, losing to Harvard in the Thames Cup. 


Under Watson and McEldowney  UL had become an established force within rowing, with some notable international honours.  Colin Porter, achieving European Bronze and Silver in 54′, Alan Watson in the 56′ Olympic M8+, Frances Bigg, Barbara  Phillipson and Marian Yates all going on to become regular members of the Great Britain Team. 


The 1960’s started with a bang, with the selection of the first ever complete ULBC boat to go to an Olympics. Stuart Farquharson and Geoff Reeves, won trials and went on to represent Great Britain in the coxed pair at the Rome Olympics.

The HRR breakthrough finally came in 1961. When John James, who had studied the tactics used by the  Americans who had won the Thames cup 13 times in the last 15 year, was convinced that UL had to race from behind and decided that UL would not do a racing start, but instead row the whole course at rate 31.  At Fawley, UL where down by a length, at the finish UL still rating 31 won by 1 1/4L. 

In 1963, having easily defeated Leander and Thames, UL reached the HRR Grand Final against Cornell who where unbeaten in their domestic season Stateside. In heavy downpour, UL had a 1/2 L lead at the Barrier but Cornell reduced this to 1/3L at Fawley. Despite Cornell putting in a major push, the cool head of David Latham in the stroke seat meant the lead was back to 1/2L, with the final push coming through the enclosures, UL came home with a 3/4L lead. This incredible feat was performed again in 1968, with this UL crew going on to race in the Mexico 68′  Olympics, where Altitude proved to be a tough competitor. 


With a coaching team of Alan Watson, David Latham and Rusty Williams, a strong squad was developing and 1971 was to prove an exceptional year for us. 


With the usual crop of pre Henley wins behind them, the eight went for the Ladies again, the HRR records stating, “University of London were outstandingly the best”. The final against Trinity College, Hartford, USA was hard fought but UL always held the initiative. Stroked by Tony Stoking and never below rate 38, we were 1 1/2L ahead at Fawley and eventually won this event for the first time with clear water. Four of this eight also went on to win the Visitors later that day.  Thanks to Andy Bayles and David Warbrick-Smith in a composite four with LRC winning the Prince Albert, this was the first time UL had won three events at HRR in one year. 



The Eighties heralded an outstanding run of success for our men, and a rebuilding decade for our women which culminated with them winning their first National Championships in the progress. 


82′ Ladies 8, came up against the Yale JV eight in the semi final. The Americans led by 1/2L at Fawley, but by Remenham we were gaining and along the enclosures Graham Philips attacked hard, to force a dead heat. We had to re row only 45 mins later, which was a different race entirely, and we raced away from the first stroke to win. In the final, Isis set a ferocious pace off the start, we where able to hold onto to them, we moved out to a length lead by Remenham, but had to muster all out might after the extra race, and fought hard to finish with a 3/4l lead. 



The 90’s  were a pivotal decade at UL with ever rising rowing standards and facilities from our competitors, making university rowing more competitive than ever before. UL was also struggling with funding changes from the University.  On the other hand it also saw the dominant resurgence of the women’s program. 


HRR 92′ with Foster in the Olympic squad training, Matthew Parish stepped into the stroke seat of the Grand eight, and 16 1/2 stone Cambridge blue stepped into the 3 seat. Unremitting rain had built up land water by the time we raced on the 3rd day, with us drawn on the Bucks station. We faced trident, the South African Olympic Eight. We led by 3ft at the barrier, and fought hard, rating 40 through the enclosures to win by 1/3L. The final brought us the German Lightweight World Champions, who where shut down by our quick start and extra 36lbs a man. This win gave us our third outright win in the Grand, and our 30th Henley win in 31 years. 


97′ was to prove an exceptional year for the women, who not only took delight in beating both Oxford and Cambridge in there prep pieces, but went on to achieve UL’s highest ranking at WEHORR, finishing 3rd, with the 2nd eight finishing 14th, showing the depth of the women’s squad. With notable Internationals that year and Elizabeth Henshilwood becoming the first UL woman to win Gold at a World Championships in the W4-. 

2000 – 

In the last 20 years university rowing has changed dramatically with the ascendance of new rivals. ULBC has had some notable success’ at HRR, winning the PA in both 2007 & 2012 and the Wyfolds (Tyrian) in 2013, along with numerous composite wins & appearances in finals. UL has also won over 20 events at HWR since 2000.

Since the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games, UL atheltes have won 2 Olympic Golds, 5 Silvers, 1 Bronze and one Paralympic Gold Medal. There has been success at both the Senior & U23 World Championships, with a large numbers of medals of all colours.

With the dramatic changes that have taken place in University rowing both in the UK and abroad, it is more competitive than ever. However our objectives remain the same; to win at the highest level and to produce athletes who go on to reach their sporting and career potential. 

ULBC, is now one team, where the Men and Women train alongside each other, following the same program, under the guidance of one Chief Coach. All training is completed at the ULBC Boat house.  The the current team are extremely grateful to Glen Hill, for all the hard work he put in over the summer to update the Crewroom. Which is kick starting  the much needed process of updating the facilities. 

Stay in Touch

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