There are some truly amazing places to drink gin in England and as part of English Tourism Week, we’re sharing our favourites with you!
The gay capital of Britain, Brighton is today one of the most artistic, creative and exciting places to be in the UK. Absolutely brimming with quirky shops and innovative galleries, Brighton has so much to offer, especially if you’re after something a little bit different. Historically, the seafront has always been Brighton’s biggest attraction and is still a gorgeous place to unwind and enjoy the sea.
The best place for a G&T in Brighton (perhaps with Brighton Gin) is undoubtedly The Office; with a decent range of more than 50 gins, homemade infusions and even gin-based baked goods, what more could you want? Fantastic gins like Geranium and Ish Limed are available but, as with many things Brighton, one of the best options is a bit unusual - the G&Tea, a choice of Earl Grey or Jasmine tea gin infusions.
Often topping lists of the best places to visit in Britain, the Lake District is an area full of adventure and beauty, of long walks, cosy tearooms and stunning scenery. With something for everyone - mountain walks, water sports, boutique shopping and fine food, the Lake District is somewhere that’s always changing and bringing forward new adventures.
Our favourite place to visit in the Lakes is the fabulous Lakes Distillery, near Bassenthwaite Lake! Here you can take a full, guided tour of the distillery; learn about the history of your chosen spirit (Lakes Gin, vodka or whisky) and have a tipple or two, all whilst surrounded by the amazing, northern countryside. There’s also an incredible bistro serving up some sumptuous British fare. Perfect to soak up all the gin!
With wild coastal beauty and vast quantities of moorland, but also cosmopolitan cities, Northumberland is too varied to reduce to just one thing. It’s one of the most exciting and alluring parts of the country. The combination of untouched countryside and an industrial heritage has created an area where innovation, modernity and tradition combine.
We absolutely love visiting Poetic License in Sunderland. This distillery bar that its own range of beers as well as a wide selection of international craft beers. With plush sofas, an exquisitely detailed bar and gorgeous lighting, it’s easily a stunning bar. The cocktails are by far the highlight; made with their very own Poetic License gins! Northern Dry and Old Tom each make a stunning G&T but the Alreet Petal is something you need to try for yourself.
Home to Southwestern Distillery (the creators of Tarquin’s Gin and our own Single Estate Cornish Tea Gin).Cornwall is famed for it’s wild moorland, beautiful beaches and delicious cream teas! Perfect for surfing or for wandering around one of the most diverse places on earth (the Eden Project), Cornwall is simply stunning!
Dolly’s Tea Rooms in Falmouth is easily one of the prettiest, quaintest places to drink the perfect G&T. A perfect vintage retreat, Dolly’s is a simple Georgian tea room that doubles as a bar. Drinks are served in dainty and delicate china while the insides are furnished with reclaimed tables and chapel chairs. Housing 100 gins and a range of cocktails, as well as a dog resplendent in pearls, this is a beautiful, little bar.
Best known for housing one of the greatest and most well-respected universities in the world, Cambridge is a gorgeous, medieval city. Narrow, meandering streets run haphazardly, crossing over the winding River Cam. Whether you go punting along the river, chose to visit one of the many public libraries or simply enjoy the scenery, Cambridge never disappoints.
We’re big fans of Pint Shop, a very central bar that classes itself as a craft ale bar but also has a fabulous selection of wines and spirits, especially gins! It's gin menu is a wonder to behold, with a fabulous mix of unusual imports, homemade infusions and good quality, small batch gins, including some of Cambridge Gin’s lesser known products. A very cool and casual bar, this is a great place to meet up with a group of fellow gin enthusiasts and try Pint Shop’s own Pea Gin!
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