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The Lakes Distillery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Cumbrian hills and mountains, The Lakes Distillery, the largest distillery in England, is set in an area of unimaginable beauty next to Bassenthwaite Lake. Overlooked by one of the Lakes’ highest peaks, Skiddaw, our location has been an inspiration to many people over the years including the poets Wordsworth and Tennyson. We welcome visitors to learn about their spirits via their cutting edge distillery tours. Visitors will be taken on a tour through the ages, exploring the history of distilling, learning about what makes The Lakes Distillery’s products so special and unique, and of course having a sample of the spirits themselves! Whether you are looking for a souvenir from your visit or looking for an ideal gift, our distillery gift shop offers some exclusive Lakes Distillery products that are not available anywhere else, including a range of branded clothing and unique gift ideas. We also have the Bistro at the Distillery, our unique bistro and bar, which is ready to serve you a menu of honest, generous and flavoursome foods. Our team is passionate about what they do and where we are and we would be delighted to welcome you though out gates.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We decided we'd pay a visit as we love the Lakes and we're interested in how they actually make the gin! We arrived just after 10am and booked the hour long tour. I'd suggest that you book online, we had to wait until the 12 o'clock tour. Each tour takes an hour and was lead by Esme, she certainly knows her stuff! Esme was clear, knowledgeable and answered questions without any fuss. As we had to wait we had a wander around the site and saw the alpacas who were quietly grazing in a field to the rear of the buildings. We had a coffee in the bistro, which was lovely. Staff were cheerful and helpful. Although we sort of thought that the tour would be about the gin, it wasn't, it was mainly about the whisky but still very interesting and informative. We sampled the blended whisky (the 'proper' stuff isn't available for another year) gin and vodka...all very nice! The shop sells a wide range of gins and vodkas along with other merchandise, some a little expensive but that didn't bother us. The buildings have been sensitively restored and are beautiful, worth a visit

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

My wife was given a gift voucher for a tour of the distillery as a birthday gift. We travelled over from Newcastle so quite a trip just for an hours tour. The site it’s self has had a great deal of work done to a good standard. The on-site shop is quite expensive for some of the products I.e. £29.99 for an umbrella - ! On to the tour, having been to a few distillery’s in Scotland this is very small. They have just been distilling whiskey for over 3 years and this is the only true spirit they distill from start to finish although you can’t buy any they make yet. The gin & vodka are purchased in spirits then flavoured with their own process then sent out for dilution and bottling. The whiskey takes at least 3 years before they can call it whiskey. The stuff you buy in the shop is a blended one that they mix. The tour was informative but at a cost of £12.50 per person.
You were given tastings of their products, the whiskey in my opinion was the better of the 3 products sampled. Please be aware that if you are visiting and driving, the samples will push you towards the drink drive limit.
In all if you are in the area go and visit, but if you are travelling a long way just for this it is a little disappointing but this is my own personal experience due to the free tours I have been on up in Scotland.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We were in the area for one night only and having scaled Catbells, kayaked on Derwent Water, we decided to take an easy finish to our day at a whisky, Gin and Vodka tasting and tour.
What a good decision...
Having telephoned at 3pm to book the last tour of the day at 5pm, we were guided in by telephone by the very helpful Esme, as we got lost (totally our fault) so we missed the film at the start, but were taken by Esme to catch up with the guide Brian and the two other couples on this interesting tour. Brian certainly knows his subject! We have been on a similar tour in London, but this didn’t matter as this is a different distillery.
The tutored tasting of their new blended whisky, gin and vodka was interesting and informative.
There is of course, a shop to purchase any of the alcohol you have just tasted, plus so many other varieties of gins, liqueurs etc.
This takes a minimum of an hour and is a lovely place to visit.
There is also a bistro but we didn’t try it as we were booked else where.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Excellent Sunday lunch. Well balanced menu. We had roast beef, beautifully presented and cooked. Friendly competent staff . Perfect,

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We visited here after finding a Groupon voucher at an extremely good price (£12 for 2 people on the standard tour)
I didn’t realise the distillery was predominantly Whisky (which we don’t drink) but it was still worth a visit.
The lady who showed us round was very knowledgeable and passionate about the distillery which came through in her tour.
During the tour you get to visit the still room where you can look at the different stages of fermentation and also the different stills for their Whisky, Vodka and Gin.
After this you get a tour of the Warehouse where she talked to us about the different casks they use and gave us the chance to smell inside a used cask.
Then on to the best bit of the tour, the tasting!
Although I’m not a whisky or Vodka drinker, it was interesting to understand what you should look for in a good drink and also what they are best paired with.
The very best bit however was the Gin tasting, You get to taste their standard Gin, and Can add a little tonic if you wish. You can taste all the other drinks they do, including the flavoured liqueurs in the shop. I bought the Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin liqueur which is lovely! (You can only use your £5 off voucher on a full bottle, which makes it £22.99)

Date of experience: April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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