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 Open daily from 10am until 6pm

The Lakes Distillery, established in 2011, nestles on the north shore of Bassenthwaite Lake and their majestic surroundings, near Keswick, inspire an artistic ethos and their range of fine whiskies, gins and vodka.

Visitors enjoy interactive tours of the state-of-the-art distillery, to suit all ages. Following the journey of how the distillery’s spirits are made, each tour ends with a tasting of their award-winning spirits.

Informal dining and drinks are available at the on-site restaurant, Bistro at the Distillery, showcasing locally sourced ingredients and honest, hearty flavours.

The distillery shop is stocked with a wide selection of spirits and giftware. Whether you are looking for a souvenir or a unique gift, the shop has something to suit all tastes.

Visitors are encouraged to take a walk down to the River Derwent, passing by the friendly Alpacaly Ever After herd who graze on the site, or the nearby Bassenthwaite Lake to enjoy the stunning views.

The Lakes Distillery team are passionate about what they do and would be delighted to welcome you through their gates.

Get in touch: 017687 88850 (option 1) / [email protected] For further details see www.lakesdistillery.com   

Additional information: • Children welcome, but must be 10yrs+ to enjoy the tour • Disabled access, parking & toilets available • Dogs are allowed on-site, but not inside buildings (except guide dogs) • Facilities are availble for group bookings & corporate hospitality • Public toilets & baby changing facilities on-site

By Car: From the A66: Turn off A66 at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake on to B5291. Continue on this road for 1 mile. At Ouse Bridge carry straight on (do not cross bridge). Distillery is of the right after 400m. Parking is free.

From the A591: use the turning directly next to the Castle Inn onto the B5291. Carry on past Armathwaite Hall. Bear right after crossing the Ouse Bridge and the Distillery is on the right after a few hundred metres. 

Google Maps:  Type in 'Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy' and it will take you straight to the door.  

Public Transport: The Lakes Distillery is accessible by Stagecoach bus, on the Penrith to Workington route, the X4. 

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Lake District gin tastings and distilleries

There’s a growing artisan gin scene in Cumbria, with a number of small batch distilleries across the county providing a unique juniper taste that’s enhanced by the local waters. We’re bringing you a guide to the best Lake District gin distilleries around, from small local distilleries to shops selling 400 varieties! Many offer tastings and their own on-site shops so you can sample the wares before taking a bottle (or two!) away to share with friends or to enjoy back home.

And, seeing as you’re in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, why not combine your visit with a walk through some stunning scenery? Many of these distilleries are on popular  Lake District walking routes so you can treat yourself after your exertions.

Don’t forget to take a look at our lovely holiday cottages - some of which are right on the doorstep of our favourite distilleries!

The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite

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The Lakes Distillery in Bassenthwaite

The Lakes Distillery , just outside Cockermouth , creates some of the best known Lake District gin, including its flagship item, The Lakes Gin , and flavoured offerings such as damson gin and rhubarb and rosehip gin. Built in a restored Victorian model farm, primarily as a whiskey distillery, The Lakes Distillery offers tours and tastings of all three of its products: whiskey, vodka and, of course, gin. A short distance from the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, they hold a strong commitment to their responsibility for the landscape and their people.

After your tour, browse the extensive gift shop to take your favourites home. You can also book a table at the restaurant for a delicious meal.

Combine with a nearby walk: Sale Fell

View of Ling Fell from Sale Fell

  Distance: 4.5 miles

Sale Fell offers a relatively easy mountain walk with gorgeous views over Bassenthwaite Lake , Derwentwater, and the distant sea to the west. Less well known than other fells in this region, it’s a real hidden gem where you can escape the crowds and still be rewarded by stupendous views.

You can head around the base of the mountain, or for the summit after parking near St Margaret’s Church in Wythop Mill. Descend through Wythop Woods, exiting behind the Pheasant Inn, then cross the A66 (please take care as this is a busy road). After a short distance walking on a twisting country road, you’ll turn left opposite Bassenthwaite Sailing Club and follow the path through fields to the distillery.

Selection of botanicals used in Shed One gin

Shed One Distillery has won a plethora of awards for both its gins and for its events and attractions. Launched by a husband and wife team from their garden shed, the company's first-ever gin was the quirkily named Cuckold’s Revenge!

Nowadays, their gin distillery is in a much larger ‘shed’: The Old Calf Shed on the edge of Ulverston Canal, in fact. The range has also increased, with around 10 different gins available throughout the year, including an exciting collaboration with Masterchef champion Irini Tzortzoglou.

What about the distillery's award-winning experiences? Well, you can enjoy a gin afternoon tea (known as a G&Tea), Cumbria’s only ‘make your own gin’ experience, Cocktails and Cakes and, of course, the all-important gin tour.

Combine with a nearby walk: Hoad Hill

Hoad Hill in the background of Shed One gin

  Distance: 2 miles

From Ford Park in the centre of Ulverston, follow the Tree Trail north east until you reach Hoad Lane. Turn left onto the road then take a right almost immediately onto the path up Hoad Hill. Follow the route left at the fork and continue onwards and upwards until you reach the lighthouse-like Hoad Monument at the summit.

From here, the view stretches on for an eternity over beautiful Morecambe Bay and towards the Lake District in the opposite direction. On your way back down, follow the path through fields and back down to the park. Walking alongside the park, make your way to the main road, and cross the A590 and onto North Lonsdale Terrace.

Bottles of Wolftown Gin in a beer garden

Ulverston is also the home of Wolftown , which creates two small-batch London dry gins, both of which have won awards. The Signature Gin and the Citrus Gin are both noted for a taste that reduces the dominance of juniper and allows other flavours to shine.

Though Wolftown doesn’t have dedicated store or distillery in the town, you can catch them at a number of local Cumbrian fairs and events such as the annual Dickensian Festival and Taste Cumbria. Look out for it in local pubs and restaurants too, such as Rogan & Co, a nearby Michelin-starred Lake District restaurant and The Royal Oak in Cartmel (pictured).

Combine with a nearby walk: The Cumbria Way

The River Eea running through Cartmel

Distance: Varies

The Cumbria Way is a long-distance footpath stretching from Carlisle in the north of the county to Ulverston in the south. For a full day, set off from Coniston village and follow the route for 16 miles south all the way alongside the lake, through stunning scenery, and down to your finishing point. This option is only for seasoned walkers, but you’ll certainly deserve a sip of gin at the end of it all!

If you fancy something a little easier on the legs, why not set off from Ulverston itself, following the river north and onto wooded paths? Go as far as you like along the signposted Cumbria Way before retracing your footsteps back to the centre of town.

The gin wall at Chestnut House in Pooley Bridge

Chestnut House near The Crown Inn in Pooley Bridge is a gin-lover’s dream. This unassuming shop stocks around 400 types of gins at any one time , many of which you can sample before you take home. As well as lots of local Cumbrian gins, you’ll find weird and wonderful bottles from all around the country.

Chestnut House also has its very own Lake District gin: Cumberland Saucy Gin . This Great Taste 2 Star Award-winning gin is inspired by Cumberland Sauce, with subtle flavours of redcurrant, orange peel, peppercorns and mustard.

You can also stock up on other local delicacies at the store, which sells a range of food and drink products.  Make sure you stock up on plenty of food and gifts from the Lake District before you leave this wonderful shop! Find more things to do in Pooley Bridge .

Combine with a nearby walk: The Cockpit Stone Circle 

The Cockpit Stone Circle

Distance: 5 miles

The fell of Moor Divock is literally covered in history, with numerous ancient monuments scattered across the hillside. The most prominent and impressive of these is the Cockpit Stone Circle, which is thousands of years old and made up of around 30 standing stones.

From the village of Pooley Bridge, follow a road called High Street out past a caravan park and onto the footpath. It’s a fairly obvious route from here: just follow the track all the way to the stone circle. You could take some time at the top to see how many other monuments you can discover, or just sit back and admire the views of the lake and High Street, an ancient Roman road.

When you’re ready, you can either head back down the way you came, or continue up a little further to Heughscar Hill before descending, via a network of winding paths, towards Pooley Bridge.

Cartmel Drinkshop, Cartmel

Glasses of gin served with lemon and rosemary

With a focus on small-production artisan makers and regional liqueurs, Cartmel Drinkshop is a go-to for a special bottle or a stand-out gift. Located in Unsworth’s Yard in the heart of Cartmel, they stock plenty of quality gins (and other wines and spirits) from around the world, which you can “try before you buy”. Sit out in the courtyard and sample some of their incredible selection while the sun shines!

Combine with a nearby walk: Hampsfell

Sea views from Hampsfell

Distance: 3.5 miles

This lovely walk from the gorgeous village of Cartmel takes in farmland, sea views, Lake District mountains, and some fascinating buildings. It’s full of interest and a great walk out before you sample some gins.

From the village, head east towards and through Pit Farm before the path starts to gradually climb. Continue upwards before turning left and heading towards the Hampsfell peak, where you’ll enjoy a splendid panoramic viewpoint. Up here is also Hampsfell Hospice, a shelter built in 1846 that has a fantastic viewfinder on top so you can identify the distant mountains.

Heading back down, you follow the path through a farm and onto the road, where you turn left and return to Cartmel. Please be aware that there are no pavements on this road until you’re back in the village.

Barrels at the Grasmere Brewey and Distillery

The Grasmere Brewery and Distillery can be found in the heart of Grasmere, one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages . Close to the lakeshore, it occupies characterful converted farm buildings and creates its signature hand-made gins from natural ingredients from the local area and around the world. 

Though tours aren’t available of the distillery itself, they do have an excellent tap room nearby, The Good Sport , where you can relax with a meal and one of their signature gins that include dry, Blood Orange and Pink Berry.

Combine with a nearby walk: Grasmere and Rydal

Rydal Water

Distance: 5.5 miles

Beginning in the centre of Grasmere village, circling two small lakes, and returning to your starting point, this is a perfect circular walk to grow your appetite for when you stop at The Good Sport for your gin cocktail! 

From the centre of the village, head east onto the coffin route, which eventually comes around behind Rydal Mount and Gardens , the former home of William Wordsworth . From here you head down to cross the road (take care as it is busy and there is a nearby blind corner). Follow the path to the far side of Rydal Water and then continue along the lakeshore of this lake and neighbouring Grasmere until you end up back in the village.

Herdwick Sheep in the Lake District

Remaining steadfastly and deliberately unawarded so that “you can choose your favourite, not someone else’s”, the Wild Sheep Distillery in Keswick sells a range of colourful gins as well as rums, whiskeys, vodka and limoncello. You’ll find favourite gin flavours such as elderflower and dry, as well as more unusual inventions like baked apple pie and chocolate cherry.

Though the Wild Sheep Distillery doesn’t offer gin tours specifically, you can still pop into their shop to pick up a bottle and - if you’re in luck - may find the sills running. The owners are happy to chat anyway, so you can learn all about their processes.

Combine with a nearby walk: Friar’s Crag

Friar's Crag on Derwentwater

Distance: 1.5 miles

There are plenty of scenic Keswick walks to choose from, but how about something nice and relaxed before you head out for some gin? From the centre of town, wander down to the lakeshore through pretty Hope Park. Once you reach the water, turn left and follow the clear, wide path all the way along to the bench that sits on the outcrop of rock known as Friar’s Crag. From here, you can look out towards the imposing Jaws of Borrowdale - an impressive sight over the still waters of Derwenwater.

To get back to the distillery, simply retrace your footsteps and enjoy the excellent views all over again!

Selection of gins from the Herdwick Distillery

Part of Lakeland Artisan , an award-winning food and drink producer, the Herdwick Distillery creates hand-crafted, small-batch gins that are top quality. Every bottle is created and bottled in Cumbria, making it a truly local product!

Their first Yan Gin was soon followed up by a range of flavours including berry, maramalade and strawberry, and you can find the tasty flavours at their shops in Kendal and Keswick, as well as at numerous farmers markets and events across the Lake District.

Though you won’t be able to take a tour around their distillery, we’re sure you’ll still be more than happy to sample the products!

Combine with a nearby walk: Kendal Fell

Pathway up Kendal Fell

Distance: Varies  

The meandering paths up Kendal Fell give you plenty of options for a short hill walk. You can start at the Lakeland Artisan Shop and make your way towards the top around the edge of the golf course and through the popular yet peaceful Serpentine Woods.

Take your time as you head up to the summit where you can enjoy views over the town and the lesser-known valleys of Longsleddale and Kentmere. The undefined nature of this walk - thanks to the winding and multiple paths - means that you can really enjoy a relaxing hike at your own pace before you drop back down into Kendal and sample some of the delicious Lake District gins on offer at the Herdwick Distillery!

More gin from the Lake District

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  • Bedrock Gin by Spirit of the Lakes is a Lake District-made premium dry gin distilled with oak bark. Find it in speciality shops such as Chestnut House.
  • Bert and Ernie’s Bar in Keswick is a dog-friendly gin bar stocking a small selection of local gins.
  • Look out for occasional Lake District gin cruises on the Ullswater ‘Steamers’.

Self-catering cottages

Stable Cottage Satterthwaite and Grizedale

If you’ve had a good day of gin shopping, you’re probably ready to head back to your holiday cottage, sit back and try out your purchases. Make sure you have the perfect holiday home to return to from our selection of beautiful Lake District cottages.

Note:  All  walking suggestions are summaries only. Please prepare fully before setting out and make sure you take a map, compass, and other necessary navigation equipment. Remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear. Distances given for each walk are approximate.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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Private Tour: Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise

This is a private tour, only your group shares the vehicle., this tour takes you to:.

  • Lake Windermere views of the largest lake in the lake district, surrounded by panoramic mountain scenery.
  • Kirkstone Inn the highest inhabited building in the Lake District.
  • Kirkstone Pass the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic and it connects Ambleside in the Rothay Valley to Patterdale in the Ullswater Valley.
  • Brothers Water in the Hartsop Valley .
  • Patterdale the village where walkers begin their ascent via the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest peak in the Lake District.
  • Glenridding close to the old Greenside Lead Mine which was established in the 1650's but now a peaceful craggy Lakeland village hugely popular with walkers.
  • Ullswater with spectacular views of the second largest lake in the Lake District.
  • Lake Cruise on Ullswater.
  • The Lakes Distillery for a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting session .
  • Thirlmere the man-made vast reservoir which submerged the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn in 1889.
  • Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail.
  • Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District with a small island in the middle, one of Wordsworth's favourite places when he lived at nearby Dove Cottage.
  • Rydal Water tranquil and serene with beautiful reflections of Loughrigg fell.

What is included in this tour:

  • Full Day Tour
  • Lake Cruise on Ullswater
  • Lunch stop at The Lakes Distillery Bistro (food order not included in tour price)
  • Guided tour of the distillery
  • Guided tasting session of The Lakes Distillery's Whisky, Vodka and Gin
  • £5 voucher for each person to use towards any 70cl bottle purchase in the shop on the day
  • Experienced driver for your safety on the steep, narrow and twisty Lakeland roads and to provide expert commentary throughout the tour
  • Small group of up to 6 people for a more flexible and personalised experience
  • Use of personal radio communication technology to keep you in-touch with your guide when you are off the minibus (where applicable)

Additional Features:

  • Gift Shop at The Lakes Distillery
  • Food, drink and comfort facilities available at The Lakes Distillery
  • Suitable for solo travellers

This full day, all-inclusive tour will take you to the north western Lake District for spectacular scenery, a boat trip on the second largest lake and a fascinating tour and tasting session at the award willing Lakes Distillery.

Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Inn , the highest inhabited building in the Lake District, for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside. This once important coaching inn sits almost at the summit of the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic.

From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass properly with the valley walls rising up steeply on either side, past the church shaped rock from which the valley gets its name and on to the viewpoint for a photo stop of the ribbon of road as it descends down to Brothers Water. This lake was one of the first places in the Lakes to be acquired by the National Trust.

The thin strip of road winds past the lake, down to the Ullswater valley and on to the charming and popular village of Patterdale. This the starting point for a number of popular hill-walks, most notably the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the Lakes. The only other village in this valley is Glenridding and it is here that we get our first glimpse of the National Park's second largest lake, Ullswater.

Here you join a 1 hour cruise on Ullswater to relax and see the stunning fells as the boat cruises the full length of the lake.

You now rejoin your minibus as we leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Bassenthwaite Lake to The Lakes Distillery . This is an award winning distillery that produces Whisky, Vodka and Gin.

Located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National Park , an 1850'S Victorian model farm has been renovated to be home of the Lakes Distillery and their World Class Spirits .

Model farms were designed to be beautiful as well as functional and the Lakes Distillery buildings are certainly beautiful, ideally suited to their needs. Each one has been carefully and sympathetically adapted, preserving the character and history of the old, stone-built barns and sheds .

The main barn houses the mash house and still house , with their unique stills, carefully designed to produce the spirits. An old cattle shed has been converted into the warehouse, with further cattle sheds being transformed into the shop, bistro and bar . The Distillery think that Joseph Christopherson, who farmed here in the 1850's, would have approved. Perhaps he even had an illicit still at the farm?

A lot of thought has gone into the production process at the Lakes Distillery to ensure a malt whisky of outstanding quality is produced and one of the finest gins and vodka available in the UK . The plant has been carefully designed to the highest specification, and the copper stills have been made to unique designs, on a small artisan scale, meaning the spirits can be lovingly prodcued without the need of mass production.

There are now distilleries producing whisky across the British Isles, and this has led the Lakes Distillery to create an entirely new concept in blended whiskies - a British Isles Blend, The ONE .

The Lakes Vodka , the first ever Vodka to be produced in Cumbria, is produced in the traditional way . Lovingly crafted in the small handmade copper pot still, which maintains its delicate aromatics and flavours.

The Lakes Gin is a Cumbrian Gin, made with with local botanicals & distilled in the Artisan Still.

Made very much on an artisan, small batch scale, it will be lovingly created in the small 1,000 litre still, prefectly designed to produce an outstanding spirit .

There is plenty of time for lunch in the Bistro at the Distillery . Set in a former Victorian cattle parlour, the Bistro's surroundings and inspirations are reassuringly solid, natural and rooted in the Lake District. This is reflected in their food; honest, generous and full of flavour . One of their main goals is to embrace the spirit of the Lake District. They achieve this by using regional ingredients where possible and having a key focus on freshness, flavour and simplicity.

Next, you will be taken on a guided tour of the distillery itself. After the tour you will be given the opportunity to taste a sample of each of the Whisky, Gin and Vodka produced here with expert guidance and a detailed explanation of each of the spirits. You will also be given a £5 voucher each that can be used to purchase any 70cl bottle in the shop on the day.

You now head back towards Keswick and start the return journey to the southern lakes. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, and at the foot of the water, you then head over the mountain pass of Dunmail Raise.

Now the road drops steadily down from the fells and before long, we pass Grasmere village to drive along the shores of Grasmere . William Wordsworth lived here at Dove Cottage and as we continue on, we pass Nab Cottage, the home of his friend and author, Thomas de Quincey. The road winds along the shore until we come to Rydal Water. The water here is often mirror-like still with beautiful reflections of the surrounding fells. We pass Wordsworth's last and favourite home which is situated off the road at Rydal as we return to Ambleside for the first of our drop-off points.

Additional Information

  • The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather.
  • As there is some walking involved in the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes.
  • No food or drink is included in the tour price except for the three samples on the tasting.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5.

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Kirkstone pass.

Kirkstone Pass

Kirkstone Pass with an altitude of 1,489 feet is the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic. The Kirkstone Pass Inn stands close to the summit of the pass. Formerly an important coaching inn, it now caters primarily for tourists and is the third highest public house in England.

Near the top of the pass is Kirkstone Quarry (below), where rock extraction and architectural stone production took place over 500m above sea level. Further production facilities for bespoke items such as work surfaces, head office and trade showroom were located at Skelwith Bridge near Ambleside. The main materials mined were green and blue-black slate. The former, a unique composition of volcanic material layered down some 450 million years ago, is found only in relatively small deposits within the Lake District. Intense compression led to metamorphosis into a dense and highly durable rock with great lateral strength. The latter took on a much more common geological formation, being an accumulation of dense and deeply compressed sedimentary material formed some years after the volcanic period, deep in the rifts of the earth's surface.

Ullswater

This lovely lake is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery to its south, softening to the gentle hills of the north. The lake is the second largest in England at seven and a half miles long, but is less than a mile across. It is also the third deepest English lake at 250 feet deep. It has three distinct bends giving it a dog's leg appearance. Ullswater is clear but deep, and in the deepest part lives a curious fish called the skelly, a sort of freshwater herring.

There are dramatic views from both sides of the lake, by foot or by vehicle. The small village at the foot of Ullswater, Glenridding, is a popular starting point for walkers and climbers going up Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain including Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. Further along the lake is Glencoyne Park. It was here that William and Dorothy Wordsworth were walking on 15 April 1802, when the location gave him the inspiration to write his most famous poem, 'Daffodils'.

The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, surrounded by majestic Lakeland peaks and fells, nestled in woods and surrounded by rolling fields of vivid green. Housed in a beautifully renovated 1850s Victorian model farm, The Lakes Distillery has a range of facilities for visitors to enjoy.

Following a £9m investment and three years in development, The Lakes Distillery opened in December 2014 in the Lake District National Park with the vision of producing world class spirits that will be global brands recognised and respected around the world.

Thirlmere

which was originally two smaller lakes, which were purchased by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in 1889. The area was dammed with a dam whose greatest height is 104 feet, and the area became one vast reservoir. In the process, the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged.

Dunmail Raise

This is the flattest of the mountain passes in the Lake District running down towards Grasmere. Dunmail Raise is also the name of a large cairn which stands on the top of the pass, on the central reservation between the two carriageways of the road. Legend has it that Dunmail, the last king of Cumberland, is buried beneath the cairn at Dunmail Raise after having been slain by the English in battle.

Grasmere

The village is on the river Rothay which flows into Grasmere (the body of water), which lies about 0.5 km to the south and is overlooked from the north-west by the rocky hill of Helm Crag, popularly known as The Lion and the Lamb or the Old Lady at the Piano. These names are derived from the shape of rock formations on its summit, depending on the side from which you view it.

The lake at Grasmere being one mile long, half a mile wide and 75 feet deep, would be an attractive and popular tourist area even without its Wordsworth connections. 'The most loveliest spot than man hath found' was Wordsworth's famous quote describing the area of Lakeland that he most loved. The small island in the middle of the lake was his favourite destination while he was staying at nearby Dove Cottage.

Rydal Water

Rydal Water

Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes at three quarters of a mile long, quarter of a mile wide and with a depth of 55 feet, but it is very popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up from the western end of the lake to 'Wordsworth's Seat', reputedly the poet's favourite viewpoint. Overlooking the lake is Nab Cottage, once home to Thomas Quincey and Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Award-winning Artisan Lake District Gin Distilled in the quaint town of Ulverston.  

Are you looking for a Lake District gin gift for family, friends, colleagues or perhaps as a treat for yourself? At Shed One, Cumbria, we pride ourselves on the quality of our award-winning, craft gin distilled in The Old Calf Shed.

Visit England, Silver Winner: Experience of the Year, 2023. Cumbria Tourism’s Visitor Experience of the Year, 2022. Icons of Gin, Best Visitor Attraction, 2022.

Our  Cuckold’s Revenge Gin  was the first of our Lake District gins to win a  Great Taste Award , one of eleven we’ve achieved so far! The judges described the botanicals as, “An interesting and beguiling blend of aromatics, soft and mysterious, delivering layers of citrus and spice with a lovely warming finish”.

We only use the best quality ingredients and, where possible, we source these as locally as we can. For example, the chillies used in our  Chilli Fest Gin are grown by local producer Erda Botanicals, and it’s a great gin for those who prefer a little heat in their tipple. However, if you prefer your tipple to be a little sweeter, we’ve created an artisan liqueur made with local Cumbrian ingredients: our limited edition Christmas gift, Festive Bramble Gin Elixir   is made with locally grown Heritage Apples, plums, and foraged Blackberries. Our  Shed Loads of Love : full of lavender, rose, strawberry, citrus and just a hint of chilli, is the perfect gin to show your love and appreciation, and is particularly popular for Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day.

Sometimes it’s difficult to choose which one of our craft Lake District gins would make the best present for your near and dear. But have no fear! We have a Gin Gift Pack that contains 3x10cl bottles of our gins, enough in each to share with other gin lovers.

Looking for a  sustainable gin ? We won  The Gin Guide's Environmental Sustainability Award in 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023. Also, part of our sales go to charity through our Marmalade Fund . So, you can enjoy the gift of Lake District gin while knowing it’s helping good causes. We can even add a personal message to your gift package with our  free gift stickers and gift cards .

To see our full range of Lake District gins, visit our  online shop , and if you fancy an in person visit to our ‘Shed’, why not book one of our  Gin Experiences .

Shed One Distillery

Launched in October 2016 by husband and wife team Andy & Zoe Arnold-Bennett in the market town of Ulverston, Cumbria. Shed One Distillery produces award-winning, micro-batch, craft gin.

We re-potted our distillery from our Garden Shed to The Old Calf Shed in 2019 and launched our GIN EXPERIENCES, including Cumbria's only MAKE YOUR OWN GIN.

We are immensely proud to be the winner of The Gin Guide's ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD in 2020, 2021 & 2022.

In 2022, The Old Calf Shed WON both Cumbria Tourism's Visitor Experience of the Year and Global ICONS OF GIN: BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION.

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We’re proud to be a CLIMATE POSITIVE business! So much more than a Distillery, Shed One Experiences are available to book online or contact us for more details.

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We won! The team here at Shed One are over the moon to win Cumbria Tourism's Makers And Producers Award. It is an honour to be the winner of this prestigious prize. Plus, the trophy is so beautiful. Created by Jo Vincent, "I mounted bespoke handmade glass forms, gold leafed, onto local Kirby Moor slate […]

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Wow! What a brilliant evening at the Cumbria Food Awards. The lovely Simon Rimmer, chef and presenter of Sunday Brunch, hosted the awards and we were very lucky to be one of the recipients. Shed One Distillery won the Cumbria Food Awards: Ethical & Sustainable. We are proud to fly the flag for micro businesses […]

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Lakes Distillery Tour

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For a distillery that only began in December 2014, and wasn’t officially opened until two years ago, The Lakes Distillery is doing very well indeed. It’s not only that they’re producing excellent spirits, with their first single-malt eagerly awaited, but a Lakes Distillery tour has become one of the most popular distillery tours in the UK.

Touring The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria,

‘It depends how you measure the numbers,’ distillery founder Paul Currie tells me on a recent visit. ‘Not all distilleries are clear on how they work out their visitor numbers, but we think we are now in the top ten distilleries in the UK. We’ve done 40,000 tours this year, with 120,000 visitors. We’re actively promoting it as a family visitor attraction.’

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With its beautiful setting alongside the River Derwent, just where it enters Bassenthwaite Lake, it’s not surprising the distillery has become one of the most popular new attractions in the Lake District. They are only 40 minutes from Windermere, 15 minutes from Keswick and less than an hour from the Scottish border. Apart from London, the Lake District is the most visited part of England and this is the only distillery that is in both a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We walk down to the River Derwent, which supplies the distillery with its water, and I’m delighted to see a herd of alpacas in the field by the path.

Alpacas at the award-winning Lakes Distillery in Cumbria,

‘They don’t belong to us,’ says Paul, ‘they belong to our neighbour, but we work together and visitors can book a session to learn more about them and children can feed them.’

There’s certainly a history of distilling in the Lake District, though not all of it legal, as Paul tells me.

‘Here’s a figure for you, that I found. In 1795 a million gallons of gin were smuggled across the Solway Firth into Scotland. Whitehaven was a big port, connecting the north of England with the Isle of Man and Ireland. The landscape and climate of the Lake District is very similar to Scotland so there’s no reason at all why whisky shouldn’t be made here.’

Sign at The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria, opened by HRH The Princess Royal

There’s also a history of distilling in Paul’s family, as he and his father opened the first distillery on the Scottish island of Arran before Paul began looking for a place to open his own distillery in the Lake District. He found it by way of a run-down Victorian dairy farm, as our guide Caroline explains when I join one of the regular Lakes Distillery tours.

‘The bistro was the milking parlour,’ Caroline tells us, ‘and the bull was kept in the boardroom. The restoration had a lot of restrictions because of the National Park regulations. In some cases buildings had to be dismantled stone by stone and numbered, then put back together again.’

Books in the shop at The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria,

‘Note the quatrefoil on the building behind you, and in other places around the distillery. It’s a little like a 4-leaf clover and that’s become our symbol. They stand for faith, hope, luck and love, which is also the title of the book about the distillery that you can buy in the shop. The gates behind you were made by a local metalworker, Alan Dawson, who has also made gates for people such as Disneyland Paris. They incorporate some of the ingredients in our spirits, like wheat and barley, and the botanicals that go into our gins.’

Caroline then takes us into the main building and upstairs to watch a truly excellent video about the River Derwent. She explains that on a scale from 0-100%, where zero is absolutely pure, the water from the River Derwent is rated 0.6%, which is about as pure as natural water can be. We learn about the ingredients that go into the Lakes Distillery’s various spirits, and get to smell and taste some of them, before the next bit of entertainment.

We are introduced to a character named Lanty Slee, a local farmer with sidelines in smuggling and illicit distilling. Some of Lanty’s descendants are still around and came to a Lanty Slee evening that the distillery put on as one of the regular events that it holds. I’m still not sure if Lanty was a hologram or a very convincing bit of filming, it was so cleverly done.

We then visit the cellar at the distillery, though Caroline explains they have two more warehouses in Cockermouth. Like most distilleries, they don’t keep all their stocks of spirits in the same place, in case of fire.

Bottles of The One blended whisky in the Lakes Distillery Shop in Cumbria

Finally we enter the Tasting Room, for a run through the distillery’s range of spirits, and some tasting advice from Caroline. We start with The One, their unique blended whisky which blends spirits from all parts of the British Isles. Hold it up to the light, Carole says, to assess the colour, then swirl it around the glass to see the legs. Stick your nose in for a good sniff and try to identify the aromas. Finally take an appreciate sip, and enjoy the various flavours that the spirit contains.

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We move on to sample their gin and vodka, both of which are served straight from the freezer. Caroline encourages us to first try them neat, and then with a quality tonic like Fever-Tree. Most people enjoyed their three samples and headed straight into the shop to buy a bottle (or two) of their favourites. A few stragglers then got an extra treat, as Caroline poured some of their excellent Explorer Edition Gin which some people had been asking about. It’s a superb gin and you can read my review here .

Boxes of The One blended whisky in the Lakes Distillery Shop in Cumbria

Unfortunately the distillery’s first single malt won’t be available till the summer of 2018, and then only in a limited edition, as Paul Currie had explained to me earlier.

‘It’s a sherry-heavy whisky,’ he said, ‘but light on the peat, that was the style we wanted. It spends the majority of its time in sherry barrels. Going non-peaty was the biggest decision.’

The Lakes Distillery has also released several flavoured vodka and gin liqueurs, and other expressions of their The One whisky, including one matured in tawny port casks and another in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The distillery is already the biggest whisky distillery in England, and is clearly going places… though hopefully not away from that idyllic location between Bassenthwaite Lake and the pure waters of the River Derwent.

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See the Lakes Distillery website  for details of their standard tour and their tour with extra features and tastings. There’s also a whisky-focused tour, and a chance to learn the skills of the distiller on a day-long Stillman Masterclass.

If you can’t visit The Lakes Distillery you can also buy their spirits at Master of Malt .

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Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise One-day tour

Our partner: English Lakes Tours

Description

This tour takes you to:.

  • Lake Windermere views of the largest lake in the lake district, surrounded by panoramic mountain scenery.
  • Kirkstone Inn the highest inhabited building in the Lake District.
  • Kirkstone Pass the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic and it connects Ambleside in the Rothay Valley to Patterdale in the Ullswater Valley.
  • Brothers Water in the Hartsop Valley .
  • Patterdale the village where walkers begin their ascent via the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest peak in the Lake District.
  • Glenridding close to the old Greenside Lead Mine which was established in the 1650's but now a peaceful craggy Lakeland village hugely popular with walkers.
  • Ullswater with spectacular views of the second largest lake in the Lake District.
  • Lake Cruise on Ullswater.
  • The Lakes Distillery for a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting session .
  • Thirlmere the man-made vast reservoir which submerged the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn in 1889.
  • Dunmail Raise the low-level mountain pass and legendary burial place of King Dunmail.
  • Grasmere one of the smaller lakes of the English Lake District with a small island in the middle, one of Wordsworth's favourite places when he lived at nearby Dove Cottage. 
  • Rydal Water tranquil and serene with beautiful reflections of Loughrigg fell.  

Additional Features:

  • Gift Shop at The Lakes Distillery
  • Food, drink and comfort facilities available at The Lakes Distillery
  • Suitable for solo travellers 

What´s Included

  • Full Day Tour
  • Lake Cruise on Ullswater
  • Lunch stop at The Lakes Distillery Bistro (food order not included in tour price)
  • Guided tour of the distillery
  • Guided tasting session of The Lakes Distillery's Whisky, Vodka and Gin
  • £5 voucher for each person to use towards any 70cl bottle purchase in the shop on the day
  • Experienced driver for your safety on the steep, narrow and twisty Lakeland roads and to provide expert commentary throughout the tour
  • Small group of up to 6 people for a more flexible and personalised experience
  • Use of personal radio communication technology to keep you in-touch with your guide when you are off the minibus (where applicable) 

What to bring

The English Lake District weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. Please bring a waterproof coat with a hood in case of rain or windy weather.

As there is some walking involved in the tour, some uphill and on uneven or wet terrain, please wear suitable, comfortable shoes. 

Additional information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • All passengers, including children of any age, must have a seat purchased for them  

This full day, all-inclusive tour will take you to the north western Lake District for spectacular scenery, a boat trip on the second largest lake and a fascinating tour and tasting session at the award willing Lakes Distillery. 

 Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Inn , the highest inhabited building in the Lake District, for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside. This once important coaching inn sits almost at the summit of the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic.  

From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass properly with the valley walls rising up steeply on either side, past the church shaped rock from which the valley gets its name and on to the viewpoint for a photo stop of the ribbon of road as it descends down to Brothers Water. This lake was one of the first places in the Lakes to be acquired by the National Trust.  

The thin strip of road winds past the lake, down to the Ullswater valley and on to the charming and popular village of Patterdale. This the starting point for a number of popular hill-walks, most notably the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the Lakes. The only other village in this valley is Glenridding and it is here that we get our first glimpse of the National Park's second largest lake, Ullswater.  

Here you join a 1 hour cruise on Ullswater to relax and see the stunning fells as the boat cruises the full length of the lake. 

You now rejoin your minibus as we leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Bassenthwaite Lake to The Lakes Distillery . This is an award winning distillery that produces Whisky, Vodka and Gin. 

Located next to Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National Park , an 1850'S Victorian model farm has been renovated to be home of the Lakes Distillery and their World Class Spirits . 

Model farms were designed to be beautiful as well as functional and the Lakes Distillery buildings are certainly beautiful, ideally suited to their needs. Each one has been carefully and sympathetically adapted, preserving the character and history of the old, stone-built barns and sheds . 

The main barn houses the mash house and still house , with their unique stills, carefully designed to produce the spirits. An old cattle shed has been converted into the warehouse, with further cattle sheds being transformed into the shop, bistro and bar . The Distillery think that Joseph Christopherson, who farmed here in the 1850's, would have approved. Perhaps he even had an illicit still at the farm? 

A lot of thought has gone into the production process at the Lakes Distillery to ensure a malt whisky of outstanding quality is produced and one of the finest gins and vodka available in the UK . The plant has been carefully designed to the highest specification, and the copper stills have been made to unique designs, on a small artisan scale, meaning the spirits can be lovingly produced without the need of mass production. 

There are now distilleries producing whisky across the British Isles, and this has led the Lakes Distillery to create an entirely new concept in blended whiskies - a British Isles Blend, The ONE . 

The Lakes Vodka , the first ever Vodka to be produced in Cumbria, is produced in the traditional way . Lovingly crafted in the small handmade copper pot still, which maintains its delicate aromatics and flavours. 

The Lakes Gin is a Cumbrian Gin, made with with local botanicals & distilled in the Artisan Still. 

Made very much on an artisan, small batch scale, it will be lovingly created in the small 1,000 litre still, prefectly designed to produce an outstanding spirit . 

There is plenty of time for lunch in the Bistro at the Distillery . Set in a former Victorian cattle parlour, the Bistro's surroundings and inspirations are reassuringly solid, natural and rooted in the Lake District. This is reflected in their food; honest, generous and full of flavour . One of their main goals is to embrace the spirit of the Lake District. They achieve this by using regional ingredients where possible and having a key focus on freshness, flavour and simplicity. 

Next, you will be taken on a guided tour of the distillery itself. After the tour you will be given the opportunity to taste a sample of each of the Whisky, Gin and Vodka produced here with expert guidance and a detailed explanation of each of the spirits. You will also be given a £5 voucher each that can be used to purchase any 70cl bottle in the shop on the day. 

You now head back towards Keswick and start the return journey to the southern lakes. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, and at the foot of the water, you then head over the mountain pass of Dunmail Raise.  

Now the road drops steadily down from the fells and before long, we pass Grasmere village to drive along the shores of Grasmere . William Wordsworth lived here at Dove Cottage and as we continue on, we pass Nab Cottage, the home of his friend and author, Thomas de Quincey. The road winds along the shore until we come to Rydal Water. The water here is often mirror-like still with beautiful reflections of the surrounding fells. We pass Wordsworth's last and favourite home which is situated off the road at Rydal as we return to Ambleside for the first of our drop-off points. 

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The 5 ‘must-visit’ Breweries & Distilleries in the Lake District

For generations now, the Lake District has been (and still is) renowned for being the most beautiful region of the UK. With an increasing number of Brits and tourists from abroad visiting the National Park year on year, the Lake District has became a popular UK hotspot, rivalling the likes of London, Edinburgh and the Cotswolds.

This comes as no surprise as the Lake District is full of glistening lakes, rugged mountains and breathtaking scenery – offering visitors the perfect nature escape for tranquility and rejuvenation.

Plus, as the tourist trade in Cumbria has become more prosperous, the region has seen multiple developments across a range of industries, giving visitors even more to do and see than ever before.

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The Lake District is best for booze!

What many visitors may not know is that the Lake District also boasts a range of impressive independent breweries and distilleries, from big-name franchises that you may have heard of, to lesser-known Cumbrian ales that have built up quite a reputation in the local area!

Luckily, some of the best breweries/distilleries in the Lake District are located within driving distance of the Trout Hotel (one even within walking distance!) allowing you to perfectly plan your boozy tour of the Lakes with us!

To help you plan your visit, we’ve listed 5 of the best local breweries/distilleries in the Lake District that we think are worth a visit if you fancy a taste for authentic Cumbrian ales/liquor. They all host tours where you can learn a lot more about the brewing/distilling process, their history and even get to try a few samples while you’re there!

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1. Lakes Distillery

Situated amidst grand oak trees and spectacular Cumbrian countryside lies England’s premier distillery – only six miles away from the The Trout Hotel. With a reputation that precedes itself, it is possible that you’ll have heard of their award winning ‘The ONE’ whisky, which was the first ever British Isles blended whisky, now available across the world.

Despite whisky being their main speciality and the one product that really made the Lakes Distillery take off and become the establishment it is today, the Distillery also produces the Lakes Gin and Vodka – both of which are the ONLY spirits of their kind that are distilled in the Lake District.

As well as guided distillery tours, there’s also a chance to enjoy delicious homemade food in the luxurious Bistro or embark on an Alpaca Tour on the striking grounds where you can walk, touch and even feed the peculiar furry animals.

Not nly is Lakes Distillery creating waves in Cumbria, but it has also been named as one of World Whisky Day’s ‘ Eight Distilleries to Visit Before You Die ’ two years running, making it the perfect attraction to visit during your Lake District getaway.

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2. Jennings Brewery

Based in the heart of Cockermouth is our very own Jennings Brewery! – a name that is completely notorious throughout Cumbria and our neighbouring counties. Well-established for their hoppy Lakeland ales and dark bitters, Jennings has been building its prominence since the 19th century.

Discover the brewery’s rich heritage, originating as a family business in the nearby village of Lorton, and learn how it expanded to become one of the most renowned Cumbrian institutions following its move to Cockermouth.

Brewery tours occur on a regular basis, but don’t always run every day depending on the time of year you visit, so we would recommend checking on their site beforehand by clicking here .

Sample their impressive selection of distinctive Cumbrian ales in the Brewery Bar following your guided tour and you may just get a taste for something new. Choose from acclaimed classic blends such as Cumberland Ale, Cocker Hoop, Sneck Lifter, etc. and enjoy them in this unique, riverside location. Best of all, you can stay for as long as you like then stumble back to the Trout Hotel afterwards!

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3. Keswick Brewing Company

Situated in the the humble, tourist town of Keswick, based only 12 miles from the Trout Hotel, lives the up-and-coming Keswick Brewing Company. This small craft brewery is hot-of-the-press and pride themselves in their selection of hearty beers that really pack a punch.

The brewery takes delight in the astounding quality of their beers, with each of them having their own unique recipe. At the Keswick Brewing Company, environmental issues remain at the forefront of their work culture as they continue to produce top-quality ales with as little environmental damage as possible. Their first beer was ‘Thirst Run’, a Golden Pale Ale, which has gone on to become one of their best-sellers.

At this current time, the Keswick Brewing Company is also having a brand new bar being built which is an exciting, new development for the summer months. However, not to worry! There is a temporary bar and store for you to still enjoy a beverage following your tour or shop for merch!

You can find some of their beers in the local pubs throughout Keswick if you wish to sample a pint before booking a brewery tour. Learn more about the brewery here .

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4. Hawkshead Brewery

This innovative craft brewery is the farthest away from us, however it is absolutely worth the journey down! The reputation of Hawkshead Brewery continues to grow in perfect synchronisation with their customer base and impressive selection of beers. Not to mention we like their ‘hipster’ designs for their beers!

Hawkshead Brewery treat their customers to eclectic beers, taking unique inspiration from a variety of sources. Not only that, but the brewery aren’t afraid to take risks by concocting bold, experimental brews that may or may not work such as their current marshmallow and chocolate flavoured Imperial Stouts.

It’s definitely worth a visit for the more adventurous daredevils out there who are keen to take their taste-buds on an exclusive adventure! For anyone looking to discover what a true artisan craft brewery is, look no further and get booked onto a Hawkshead Brewery tour today here . Also, be on the lookout for their various beer festivals held throughout the year.

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5. Ennerdale Craft Brewery

If you’re looking to visit a brewery that makes crafting ales look like an artform, look no further! Ennerdale Craft Brewery not only offers flavoursome artisan ales that are inspired by the Lakes, but they have an incredible on-site ‘Brewery Tap’ bar which serves as a quaint cafe by day and a cosy bistro by night.

All food is homemade on site, made from fresh ingredients that has been sourced from local suppliers. Choose from delectable home-cooked meals or make it a sweeter affair and indulge on their tasty afternoon tea. In addition to this, the brewery hosts open mic nights on the last Sunday of every month to entertain guests and let them get involved in the fun.

Plus, if you’re visiting in September be sure that you don’t miss out on the ‘Barrel Fun Run’, where participants must run in teams of two (and in fancy dress) 3 miles from the brewery to The Fox and Hounds Public House in Ennerdale, all while carrying an empty 9 gallon barrel! All money raised goes to charity.

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Book your Lake District retreat today

The Trout Hotel is conveniently located within driving distance of all of these incredible breweries/distilleries, so you can easily get back to the comfort of your Trout Hotel room following a few cheeky tipples down the road. If any of these tours appeal to you, our friendly team would be more than happy to provide you with additional information or advice. Get in touch today.

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    This tour takes you to: Lake Windermere views of the largest lake in the lake district, surrounded by panoramic mountain scenery. Kirkstone Pass the Lake District's highest pass that is open to motor traffic. Brothers Water in the Hartsop Valley . Patterdale the village where walkers begin their ascent via the Striding Edge path up to Helvellyn ...

  11. THE LAKES DISTILLERY (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE ...

    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Write a review. About. The Lakes Distillery, established in 2011, nestles on the north shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. Our majestic surroundings near Keswick inspire our artistic ethos and our ranges of fine whiskies, gins and vodka. Visitors enjoy tours of our state-of-the-art distillery and tastings of our award-winning spirits.

  12. Award-winning Lake District Gin

    Shed One Distillery produces award-winning, micro-batch, craft gin. We re-potted our distillery from our Garden Shed to The Old Calf Shed in 2019 and launched our GIN EXPERIENCES, including Cumbria's only MAKE YOUR OWN GIN. We are immensely proud to be the winner of The Gin Guide's ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD in 2020, 2021 & 2022.

  13. Lakes Distillery Tour

    We've done 40,000 tours this year, with 120,000 visitors. We're actively promoting it as a family visitor attraction.' With its beautiful setting alongside the River Derwent, just where it enters Bassenthwaite Lake, it's not surprising the distillery has become one of the most popular new attractions in the Lake District.

  14. Whisky, Vodka, Gin and a Cruise

    What´s Included. Full Day Tour. Lake Cruise on Ullswater. Lunch stop at The Lakes Distillery Bistro (food order not included in tour price) Guided tour of the distillery. Guided tasting session of The Lakes Distillery's Whisky, Vodka and Gin. £5 voucher for each person to use towards any 70cl bottle purchase in the shop on the day.

  15. A Taste of Gin

    Accompanied by an expert tour guide, you will explore our Still Room, gin making ethos, and learn about the botanicals that make The Lakes Gin so very special. Guests over the age of 18 are invited to enjoy a hosted tasting of three gins, with the opportunity to visit our distillery shop and a complimentary voucher to save up to £10 in-store.

  16. The Lakes Distillery

    US Registered Office: The Lakes Distillery Company USA Inc, 1209 Orange Street, City of Wilmington, County of New Castle, Delaware, 19801. VAT Number: 122612261. Company Registration Number: 07769363. Welcome to The Lakes Distillery.

  17. The 5 'must-visit' Breweries & Distilleries in the Lake District

    Best of all, you can stay for as long as you like then stumble back to the Trout Hotel afterwards! 3. Keswick Brewing Company. Situated in the the humble, tourist town of Keswick, based only 12 miles from the Trout Hotel, lives the up-and-coming Keswick Brewing Company. This small craft brewery is hot-of-the-press and pride themselves in their ...

  18. The Lakes Distillery

    Opening Times. Season 1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024. Day. Times. Monday - Sunday. 10:00. - 18:00. * The distillery is open all year - Monday to Sunday - with tours running regularly throughout each day. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard and garden, with assistance dogs permitted in all parts of the distillery.

  19. Make Your Own Spirits Experience at Shed One Distillery

    Wednesday - Thursday. 10:00. - 15:30. Friday - Saturday. 11:00. - 17:00. * The Shed Gin Shop and Bar is open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10.00am-3.30pm; Fridays and Saturdays: 11am-5pm. Wheelchair accessible throughout, and onsite car parking. Booking essential for Distillery Tours & Tastings, Make Your Own Spirits and Afternoon ...

  20. The Lakes Single Malt Whisky Experience

    Ticket prices:Adults (18+) £50pp. Book Now. Home of the 'World's Best Single Malt Whisky' 2022. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of our working distillery, following the spirit's journey to discover how every flavour possibility is achieved.

  21. The Lakes Gin

    Inspired by the majestic Lake District National Park, our gin collection is a showcase of exquisite taste, discerning sourcing and an exacting process of elimination. With a long, slow and gentle distillation in our traditional copper pot still, it is an exceptionally smooth London dry style gin, designed to stand the test of time.