On Saturday, Mark and I, along with my parents had a day out in the beautiful village of Shere in Surrey. For Jude Law fans, this is the town they used in the film The Holiday. We had bought the parents tickets for a gin tour around the Silent Pool Distillery for Christmas. Due to popularity we could only manage to get places for it in August!
First of all, before the tour we headed to Shere
a 3 minute drive away and had lunch at The Dabbling Duck, a quaint cafe/ deli that offers a delicious breakfast, lunch and tea menu alongside homemade cakes and local beers and wines. I opted for the Goats Cheese Superfood Salad (alongside some hand cut chips). This was then brilliantly balanced out with a delicious piece of peanut butter millionaire shortbread. I found the service brilliant. The whole place had a small, family vibe which was the icing on the cake. Definitely worth a visit.
Gin is just the tonic.
We were booked on to the 2pm tour. The distillery offers 7 tours a week; 2 mid-week and 5 on weekends. (Something to bare in mind if wanting to book is that they do get fully booked a few months in advance as a time so book early).
The small warehouse is situated right next to the Silent Pool and actually begins outside overlooking the bright blue water. Without revealing too much of the content, Tom (our tour guide) began by telling us a brief history of the pool and why the gin bottle is designed the way it is.
During the tour we got to see the steam and boiler rooms as well as learn all about the history of gin. We learnt about the botanicals that go into gin as well those that go into Silent Pool’s unique recipe. We tasted all kinds of different botanicals which was so cool. One of the best parts was learning the process of how the gin is bottled and boxed up (all by hand!).
The tour ends with a tasting of 5 different gins the distillery make (the best part!).
With approx. 15 people on each tour it’s still small enough to feel personal and you get to ask any question you want to throughout. There was nothing our tour guide couldn’t answer! An added bonus is each person is given £5 discount to spend on gin and merchandise too! I found the tour fun, informative and a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.
Have you ever been on a gin tour?
(P.s. have you read my post about my late Summer wardrobe must buys? The top and shoes i’m wearing are featured!)