The Cotswolds Distillery has opened the doors to its new visitor centre offering guests the opportunity to learn more about its gins (and whiskies), as well as sit down, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds.
The new expansion has been in planning and development since 2017 following the distilleries successful opening to the public in 2014. The project was brought to fruition through crowdfunding which raised the necessary £1.5 million for the project.
The destination boasts a new café serving locally sourced produce including lunch platters, cakes, pastries and teas and coffees. The company has also expanded the size of the distillery shop allowing them to offer a larger selection to the public than before.
There are also new experiences on offer. In addition to the distillery tours, visitors can now take their experience further by booking onto the new gin and whisky blending masterclasses. The classes will give people the opportunity to find out more about the history of gin and whisky, learn about the distilling process and then blend their own using a variety of botanical distillates for gin and different cask samples for whisky. Masterclasses take place once a month from 4pm until 7pm, booking in an advance is essential and the experience costs £100 per person.
Tours of the distillery take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, seven days a week and give customers the opportunity to find out how the Cotswolds Distillery produce all of the award-winning products, getting to see (and smell!) the process in action before finally getting to try the full range. Tours of the distillery cost £15 per person and booking in advance is recommended.
Cotswolds Distillery founder and owner, Daniel Szor, said: “The visitor centre expansion underlines our objective to form a sustainable business model and continue to build our portfolio of offerings as we move into the future. At the end of May we are planning to open our new shop in Broadway, which will be our second retail venture away from the distillery in addition to our store in Bourton-on-the-Water. On average, we attract more than 30,000 visitors per year and we now have the ability and the space to offer more guests not just the chance to come to the distillery to learn about our products, but also a destination they can relax and enjoy quality food and drink in the heart of the Cotswolds.”
For more information, or to book your visit to the distillery, please www.cotswoldsdistillery.com.