Gin Produced in Norfolk - Support Local Businesses
Published date: November 2020
Norfolk is fortunate to have a number of distilleries that produce some very fine gins and there has never been a better time to shop local and support independent retailers in the region by purchasing these tasty tipples. If you are looking to buy Christmas gifts or just want to restock your drinks cabinet, then why not purchase some locally produced gins and help support local independent businesses in the process.
Started by husband and wife team, Jason and Nicky in 2017, WhataHoot is a family business that takes its inspiration from the beautiful Norfolk countryside to create its flavours. Its Signature Dry Gin has hints of local lavender and sea samphire, and they are always looking for new and refreshing combinations to grow their range. They currently have 3 varieties of gin: their Signature Dry Gin, Navy Strength Gin and Tawny Orange Gin.
Via their website you can also order their own vodka as well as their gins, mixers and garnishes and book gin experiences. The WhataHoot distillery is a 17th century warehouse in the heart of historic King’s Lynn in Norfolk and offers a range of spaces, perfect for events of any kind, from board meetings and corporate away days to drinks receptions, private dining, hen and stag parties and birthday parties.
To find out more about WhataHoot, please go to their website.
St. Giles Gin
A Norfolk-based distillery and maker of fine gin, St. Giles Gins are hand-crafted using a blend of exotic botanicals and currently offer 4 varieties: St. Giles Gin, St. Giles Raspberry, Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, St. Giles Spiced Orange & Cranberry Gin and St. Giles Divers’ Edition Gin (Naval Strength). There is also the option to buy gin bundles from their website, but for a limited period only.
You can purchase St. Giles Gin directly from their website or from numerous local and national retailers, both in store and online.
Further information can be found by visiting the company website.
The Bullards name has a 180-year association with Norwich and the Bullards Spirits’ gin distillery can today be found in Crystal House, on Cattle Market Street, in the centre of Norwich. It was in 2017 that Bullards won ‘Best London Dry Gin in the World’ in the World Gin Awards, an impressive achievement. Another popular Bullards gin is their Strawberry & Black Pepper variety, a refreshing and aromatic gin that is perfect served on a warm summer’s evening. Slightly sweet from the strawberries, the black pepper gives it a warming kick and is delicious served with tonic or as a topper in a glass of Prosecco.
Their eco-refill pouches help reduce their carbon footprint and can be ordered online via their website as can their bottled varieties. You can also purchase Bullards gins from local retailers, farm shops and other online stores and their current range includes London Dry Gin, Coastal Gin, Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin and Old Tom Gin.
The Bullards Gin Club offers members a regular delivery of products, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly and an annual membership. Further details of which can be found on their website.
For more information about Bullards Gin, please go to their website.
Crafted in small batches by husband and wife team, Alison and Jonathan, Norfolk Gin features a unique combination of fragrant botanicals that give the gin its unique taste and unusual delicate green hue. It is a fresh juniper-led gin with herbaceous notes of coriander and cardamon, carefully balanced with a hint of sweetness, touch of spice and citrus. Perfect with tonic in a classic G&T or equally delicious in a gin cocktail, Norfolk Gin is a must for any gin lover. ?
The Norfolk Gin bottle has become nearly as popular as the gin itself, this beautifully designed Wade ceramic bottle looks great as a candle holder or vase. Stocked in a number of local stores, restaurants, farm shops, pubs and bars around Norfolk and further afield, Norfolk Gin can also be purchased online via their website.
To find out more about Norfolk Gin, please visit their website:
Black Shuck Gin began in the summer of 2011 and is a family run business that is based in Fakenham, Norfolk. With a variety of different gins on offer, some award-winning, Black Shuck is available from a number of local retailers and can also be purchased directly from their website.
There are a variety of Black Shuck gins to try including Black Shuck White Label Gin, Black Shuck Whirlybird Gin, Black Shuck Pink Grapefruit Gin, Black Shuck Blush Gin, Black Shuck Passion Gin, Black Shuck Ignite Gin (Navy Strength) and Black Shuck Sloe Gin.
Visit the Black Shuck website to find out more.
Distilled and bottled in Norfolk, Archangel Gin is made using local produce and local labour on a working farm, handcrafted on a small scale. There are a range of Archangel products available that currently include: their award-winning Classic Gin, Rhubarb Gin Liqueur, Archangel Seraph - their Navy Strength version, Archangel Sloe and Mulberry Gin Liqueur and a gift set containing their Classic Gin, Rhubarb Gin Liqueur and Sloe and Mulberry Gin Liqueur mini bottles.
The Archangel Gin Club offers members a regular delivery of products, every month, every two months or every quarter at a discounted price with free postage.
To find out more about Archangel Gin, please go to their website.
Home Farm Gin
Created in 2019 by Nev Leverett and Paul Dunnett, Home Farm Gin was born from a simple shared goal – to earn a living doing something they are passionate about and enjoy, so going to work doesn’t feel like work. Home Farm Gin is crafted and bottled by hand, with help from Matilda, their copper gin still. Home Farm Gin is made in small batches using only natural ingredients and pure Norfolk water, from their private water supply on the farm in Hethersett, Norfolk.
Varieties include their Limited Winter Edition - Cranberry and Cinnamon Gin, Strawberry and Mint Gin, Raspberry Gin and London Dry Gin. They are currently also selling a variety of hampers perfect for Christmas and hand sanitiser via their website as well as their range of gins.
To find out further details about Home Farm Gin, please visit their website.
Boadicea® Gin is made with Norfolk grown barley and distilled in Norfolk. Rosa is a pink gin that has subtle peach and cherry notes. Spiced, in the red bottle, oozes cranberry and winter spices and their Classic, in the blue bottle, is zesty with nettle and thyme. All presented in matte coloured bottles with hand-polished, embossed pewter labels, these elegant and eye-catching bottles stand out in the crowded gin market.
All three gins mentioned above and their limited edition ’Debaucherry’, with subtle notes of peach and delicious morello cherry can be purchased directly from their website and other local retailers, including Jarrold Department Store.
Visit their website for further details.
Gyre & Gimble
This Norfolk gin range inspired by Alice in Wonderland was born in lockdown and currently has 3 varieties, all distilled in Norwich. Callooh Callay, their Coastal Gin is a flavoursome gin with prominent notes of salty samphire, lavender, peppery spice and citrus. Their Nohow London Dry Gin is refreshing and citrusy with a warming blend of spices that give way to a dry juniper finish. Their Queen of Hearts Gin combines sweet, fruity cherries with a slight citrus tang and has a velvety texture. All three are available to buy via their website. Gin experiences are also available to book, including gin tasting and gin making from their premises in Norwich.
To find out more about Gyre & Gimble, please go to their website.
Norfolk Farmhouse Gins
Located in the beautiful Breckland district of rural Norfolk, Walnut Tree Distillery produces gin that is made in small batches and distilled in custom made milk churn stills on the family farm. Containing botanicals that have been hand-picked on the farm, they use natural spring water from their own well.
All Norfolk Farmhouse Gins contain their signature ingredient, the walnut, that is hand-picked from the trees that surround their home and give the distillery its name. Sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible from the rich and abundant Norfolk countryside, their gins take their inspiration from the plants and flowers commonly found in the gardens and hedgerows of this beautiful and historic county meaning each and every bottle they produce contains a little bit of Norfolk.
They currently produce 5 varieties, Norfolk Farmhouse Dry, light and refreshing to be enjoyed in a classic G&T, with traditional juniper, and notes of Norfolk lavender and home-grown walnuts. Their Norfolk Farmhouse Sloe Gin is rich and fruity and makes a great topper in a glass of Prosecco. Norfolk Farmhouse Pink is based on their dry gin, with the addition of raspberries to the distillation botanicals to create a subtle fruit flavour. Norfolk Farmhouse Spiced Gin is their dry gin with added nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and a little bit of chilli. Norfolk Farmhouse Rose is made by soaking their dry gin with edible rose petals to create this subtly fragrant spirit.
These gins can be ordered via their website.
Born in 2016 OakVilla Distillery currently produce 2 varieties of gin: Vryheid Gin, a full-bodied rounded craft gin distilled in small batches in their stainless-steel column pot named Dromedaris. The second variety is Heart of Oak Gin, with more than 12 botanicals including juniper, orris root, warming peppers, poppy from Norfolk, sweet citrus and honey. Both gins come in a distinctive bottle that make these gins from Wymondham stand out in the crowded gin market.
To find out more about the OakVilla Distillery and their craft gins, please go to their website.