The highly anticipated Lakes Distillery in Cumbria officially opened its doors this week, revealing the fruits of the distillery’s £6m investment – a world class visitor centre, artisan bar and bistro.
The Lakes Distillery is England’s largest and is set to produce up to one million bottles of The Lakes single malt each year making it a veritable challenger on Scotland’s doorstep and the closest English whisky distillery to the border.
The state of the art visitor centre will take guests on an atmospheric tour of how the Lakes Malt, Lakes Gin and Lakes Vodka are made as well as including a visit to the distillery’s warehouse where the whisky matures.
Visitors will be taken on a high definition cinematic journey following the water used within the spirits from the River Derwent, as it flows down from Sprinkling Tarn through Keswick into Bassenthwaite Lake and on to the Irish Sea.
The Bistro at the Distillery will offer delicious honest food served in relaxed but chic surroundings. Overseen by nationally renowned chef and restaurateur Terry Laybourne, the casual bar and bistro will be a vibrant eatery seating a total of 130 guests both inside and out. The bistro will also house the distillery’s Board Room, a stylish private dining area for 30 people where the casks of maturing whisky can be viewed.
Commenting on this week’s opening, Lakes Distillery Managing Director, Paul Currie, said: “The Lakes Distillery is set to be a key attraction for the Lake District and we estimate that we will accommodate approximately 55,000 visitors each year. It is wonderful to see everything come together, from the sympathetic renovation of our stunning Victorian farm and the formation of our highly skilled team, to the start of production of our spirits and the development of the menu and style of our bistro. We are so excited to open and can’t wait to see the response of our visitors.”
Perfectly dressed for the festive season with a 20ft Christmas tree, the Lakes Distillery will be open every day except Christmas Day. Standard tours will be priced at £12.50 for adults and £5 for 13-17 year olds accompanied by an adult. Bespoke tours hosted by the management team are available on request.
To find out more about The Lakes Distillery, visit: www.lakesdistillery.com