Head from Borrowdale Gates to Bassenthwaite for great local spirits

While the Lake District is known for its relaxing holidays and hiking, cycling and golf breaks, there is always something new happening in the area. By Bassenthwaite Lake – under a half hour drive from Borrowdale Gates – you’ll find a brand new distillery producing local malt whisky, gin and vodka under the name of The Lakes Distillery.

The Lakes Distillery

Lakes Distillery Logo

The Lakes Distillery opened its doors to the public in December 2014, meaning that we now have England’s largest distillery on our doorstep. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for something to break up your commune with nature, and it’s also a great place to buy a souvenir to take home.

Those who choose to visit the Lakes Distillery will begin their tour in the Visitor Centre, where they will learn how the Lakes Vodka, Lakes Gin and Lakes Whisky are made. A cinematic feature will tell the story of the drinks from start (water from the Derwent) to finish, and will include tales of smugglers and distillers along the way. Visitors will also be able to see the whiskey maturing in the distillery’s warehouse, and will conclude their tour with a trip to the Tasting Room, where they can take part in a tutored tasting of the drinks that the distillery produces.

Here in the Lake District, we’re surrounded by fantastic food and drink producers – many of whom we work with to supply our AA Rosette restaurant. We’re always happy to see more great local businesses opening, and wish the Lakes Distillery every success!