Get a taste of Dorset made Gin in Weymouth! The revolution of gin is becoming more and more popular by the day. Dorset has certainly embraced this trend, with multiple Gin distilleries now in the county and there are many places in Weymouth you can try these at.
The first gin distillery to open in Dorset was only in 2013, which saw Conker Spirit work their way in to the market. Lilliput Gin introduced themselves in January 2017, producing their own Dorset Gin which is available at stores in Weymouth. You can also find Dorset crafted Gin’s in Weymouth including Fordington Gin, a gin distillery just a few minutes up the road based in Dorchester as well as Pothecary Gin.
Why has gin suddenly become really popular? – Since government laws changed allowing gin to be made in much smaller distilleries, gin makers could then start producing their own which didn’t have to be made in masses. This meant that smaller manufacturers were allowed to enjoy the pleasure of making the fine drink. Now we can enjoy a taste of Dorset!
Where can you get a taste in Weymouth?
1652 is a coffee bar serving a selection of coffees and bagels by day and a bar specializing in Rum and Gin early weekend evenings. Showing the past with the modern touch. You can find them on the querky lane of St. Alban Street, just a stones throw away from the seafront. You can try the gin of Dorset here too!
A visitor of 1652 shared their experience on TripAdvisor – “What a fab little place this is , loved the decor and the guys were so friendly and sweet ,I had a gin and tonic which was lush … they are expanding their drinks menu to accommodate a more wider clientele… would highly recommend as Somewhere quiet to have a drink and a chat xxx”
Specialising in the fantastic food & drink of Dorset, you can find a selection of Gin at either stores. Chalbury stock both Lilliput and Fordington Gin, both brewed in Dorset… Come and have a try! Visit https://fordingtongin.co.uk/ for more information.
A delicatessen just off the seafront on St. Alban Street, selling a fantastic selection of food, wine and of course… Gin! With a range of different Gins you can take home, Delicious stock Conker, Fordington and Pothecary – all made in Dorset. You can even sit in and enjoy a glass and have a bite to eat!
An bar and diner deriving from an Asian culture, Ayya offers a selection of Gin to go with their range of drinks. With an astonishing 50 selections of Gin on offer, Ayya stock both Conker and Lilliput from Dorset. Come and enjoy a glass from their huge selection!
You can also get a taste of Dorset-made Gin at:
Gin Events in Dorset
Dorset Gin Cruise
Dorset Cruises have come together with Conker Spirit of Dorset and have organised an opportunity for a fantastic, unique experience, setting off on a cruise where you can relax whilst trying a range of different gins before arriving at a seafood restaurant. You can enjoy a 3 course meal before returning. Unfortunately all Gin cruises for 2017 are sold out but this doesn’t mean you’re missing out. You can book early for 2018 to guarantee a spot! More information can be found at Dorset Cruises.
Gin Festival Bournemouth
The UK’s largest Gin festival is in Bournemouth at the Pavilion Ballroom on the 6th and 7th September! This is a perfect opportunity for you to go and try over 100 different Gins, including those distilled in Dorset whilst having a great time. For information on times and prices, please visit their website.
Gin Club at the Dorset Wine Company
The Dorset Wine Company are hosting a Gin club on the first Saturday of every month, where you can pop in and try a selection 10 different Gins each month. The next Gin club is Saturday 7th October. Please visit their website for more information.
Gin tasting at Delicious
Delicious, as previously mentioned, are hosting a Gin tasting event on Friday 13th October at 7pm. This gives you the opportunity to try a range of different Gins, including the Dorset selection. You can also learn how to make the perfect G&T!