The story of where it

All began

2017
01 November

More Meetings

More meetings with various partners, friends and most importantly the accountant to discuss the viability of his vision. People knew that when Pete had an idea, it would be executed to the highest level to ensure his dream would become a reality.

06 September

Lunch Meeting

While at a lunch meeting with a friend within the spirits industry, Pete discussed the huge growth in popularity of gin! While enjoying a G&T later that day onic and sat there thinking this is nice and how cool it would be if I myself could make gin like this I love a challenge and creative side of me got me thinking more and more then the research started

14 October

Research

Further research into the history of gin and how to become a distiller. The more Pete discovered the more it fascinated him. With the creative skills he already possessed and the motivation from what he had learnt he envisioned building something from nothing. That nothing was the courtyard...The Distillery was born.

10 December

Let's make Gin

Pete starts making his own gin at home. Learning more and more through testing and tasting. Although a lot of fun, his wife wasn't too happy with the number of botanicals and sample bottles left around the house.

2018
18 January

The Architect

First meeting with the Architect. Can this be done? Pete receives green light! Gin development is in full flow, but still trying to find a balance in flavours - rigorous tasting and further development.

17 February 2018

Planning

Planning application submitted. Pete starts to test paring gins with food to integrate the dishes created at The Newbury into The Distillery experience. After a visit to Lille, France Pete's gets further inspiration and ideas for the decor.

21 March

It's all about the table

With the decor sorted, Pete focused on finding the right table and chairs to compliment the room.

10 September

A Year In The Making

Almost a year has passed since Pete first discussed how fun it would be to start making Gin and finally he has full planning permission. Although very stressful at times and a huge number of challenges to overcome it was time to make Pete's dream a reality!

20 October

Builders Start

Builders commence work on The Distillery.

29 October

Labels, Bottles & Corks

Pete used a Bristol graffiti artist to design the motif used on the front label. It was important to have ties to where he was born and to give the bottle a distinct look. This complemented the unique bottle that he sourced from a glass bottle maker in France. However, further challenges occurred, as bespoke corkers were then required from Portugal to fit the large bottle neck.

03 November

6 Weeks

Building work continues. The Distillery will be completed in 6 weeks from start to finish.

08 December

Now for the hard work

The Distillery opens its doors - time to make some Gin!