Our story

There is way more to Chota Peg & Lime than specialised bar services, think quirky, think elite and think one-stop-shop and you have them pegged.

After years of heading up one of the top mobile bar services in Southern Africa, Rochelle Strooh brings her unique blend of service and style to the UK.

With experience in everything from large national events to intimate soirees, Rochelle has honed her skills in the hospitality industry and it shows. This hands-on owner does everything from conceptualising a theme to training staff, so you can rest assured that your event is as important to her as it is to you.

The story behind the name……

Rochelle’s business derives its name from the history books. The term Chota Peg & Lime or in fact, a little shot with lime has roots that can be traced all the way back to the 1600s’.

This is a two part story that winds its way from colonial India, across the seven seas and over the beautiful eastern lands of Persia and Babylonia.
The first part of the story comes out of colonial India, in a time when the soldiers of the British East India Company were issued tonic water, as the quinine it contained could combat malaria.

Due to the bitter taste of the quinine the innovative soldiers started to combine it with a mixture of fruit and sugar, adding to it, their gin rations. When asking for the gin to be added it was always in a small amount roughly the same size as a shot in modern terms and this was known as a Chota peg as the peg was the name of the shot glass used to measure it out.

The second part of the story comes from Persia and Babylonia where limes were cultivated and transported by sea all over the world; these were issued to British East India Company sailors daily to prevent scurvy. To combat the sour taste, they added a little rum to the lime in a peg or shot – as can be expected from all good sailors.

This out of the box – or out of the boat – thinking is what inspired Chota Peg & Lime; a mix of cosmopolitan ingredients that are a true reflection of a classy, zesty brand with a wicked sense of humour.