So I have been majorly failing at this blog for the past few months but I have just been so busy with the house! We have spent every weekend and most evenings doing the renovation work in the bathroom alongside full time jobs and I have literally been eating, sleeping and breathing tiles, toilets and bathrooms!
It was my birthday on the bank holiday at the end of May and I decided that this was a good excuse for a weekend off and to escape from the house. A few friends of mine had been to The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill so we decided to give it a go and booked for 1pm on the Sunday.
The distillery is located in a former paper mill in a pretty little village called Whitchurch and it took just over an hour to get there from our house in Poole. We did the self-guided tour which costs 15 and you get a free cocktail at the end so I thought it was pretty reasonable.
You have to pre-book and they only let so many people in at a time so I would imagine it never gets too overcrowded which is good, and you are free to wonder around the courtyard, glasshouses and other various displays at your own pace.
Make sure you visit the Botanical Dry House where you are can sniff and smell a range of different botanicals that go into Bombay Sapphire and choose your favourites and mark them on a card (to be honest I didn’t like any of them other than the fresh lemony ones!). The last part of the tour is guided and takes you through the Dakin Still House and shows you the 2 huge stills that the all of the Bombay Sapphire gin is made in and explains how the distillation has changed over the years (you also get to try some 90% proof gin!!!).
You then take your card with your favourite smells over the bar and they make you a cocktail based on the flavours you like best. For designated drivers there are 2 mocktail options and you can get a free mini bottle of Bombay Sapphire and a bottle of tonic to take home with you.
It was a nice day when we went so we sat outside by the river but there are also plenty of inside seating in the bar should the weather not be so good.
Before coming home we visiting the shop and bought a couple of cocktail glasses and of course a bottle of Bombay Sapphire! At £20 this was slightly more expensive than buying from Tesco or Asda, but I thought it was worth the extra pennies to buy it from the home of Bombay!
Below are a few pictures from our day: