Delegate Profile

Jack Wakelin


Jack Wakelin, originally from South Staffordshire, has lived and worked in Sheffield for the past six years, five of which have been for the ‘Rockingham Group’, comprising of Public, The Great Gatsby and The Picture House Social.

After accidentally falling into the industry (working weekends for a little extra cash) Jack soon fell in love with working within a bar environment. Although, it wasn’t until he started at Picture House Social, where, given the freedom, did he really start to thrive creatively. 

Working closely with both photographer India Hobson and group director James O’Hara, a thriving relationship emerged. Cocktail menus based around trips to the Peak District and Cleethorpes, making drinks out of the back of Jack’s Mini, were at the centre of this. These excursions were the start of the fun storytelling and more playful approach which has now taken Public – a cocktail-lead bar in the former public convenience underneath Sheffield Town Hall – to become ‘The Best Place to Drink in the UK 2018’ (Observer Food Monthly).

Jack, now the general manager and drinks director for the group, has seen Public embark upon a remarkable journey in just 15 months of opening, winning national accolades, and making a name for both the bar and himself across the industry in the UK.

Conference Sessions

  • Going Public

    02 Jul 2019, 14:30 - 15:15, Cocktail Lounge

    Jack Wakelin has helped put Public in Sheffield on the drinking map with a cocktail menu reflecting both a sense of place and uncompromising style. He talks abo...

    • Language: English