The New Home of Portobello Road Gin The Distillery Opens in Nottinghill London

Portobello Road Gin no 171 logo bar coasters

The team behind Portobello Road Gin, which is a relatively new yet exquisite craft gin. It has only been around since 2011, but it has quickly established itself as a favourite amongst connoisseur consumers, bartenders and gin fans across the globe.

The product was born after 9 months of the team experimenting to get the gin just how they wanted it, consisting of a blend of 9 botanicals (including juniper berries and orris from Tuscany, Spanish lemon peels, bitter orange peels from Haiti or Morocco, nutmeg from Indonesia and cassia bark from South East Asia). It was created to be the house gin at The Ginstitute .

Things have been going from strength to strength for the brand and they have amassed several top industry awards:

  • 2015 New York International Spirits Competition – London Distillery of the Year
  • 2015 Global Gin Masters, London Dry Gin Premium category – Master
  • 2014 San Francisco Spirit Awards – Gold
  • 2013 International Spirits Challenge – Gold

To try for yourself check out Portobello Road Gin – No 171 70cl

We attended the launch party at the teams new venture The Distillery which is brought you by Founder of Portobello Road Gin and The Distillery Ged Feltham and his team and consists of, four floors of gin drinking heaven. The first of it’s kind in the UK, The Distillery is a completely unique concept that will be home to a distillery, two bars, a museum, off-licence shop, gin-making experience ‘The Ginstitute’.

The Distillery Portobello Road in Nottinghill outside

The Distillery Nottinghill Floor Plan

On the ground floor of The Distillery is The Resting Room, a timeless bar that will serve an eclectic range of spirits created on-site by master distiller Jake Burger and an elite team of instructors. As proud purveyors of London spirit, not only will they serve unique gin blends, they will also be distilling other spirits including avocado and olive oil vodka – providing visitors with an experimental take on classic drinks and cocktails.

Guests can also enjoy a considered selection of international spirits that have been aged in hand-built barrels suspended above the bar from which they will be directly served.  Due to the spirit’s ongoing aging process within the barrel, no two drinks will be the same.

spirit barrels at The distillery bar

To soak up the alcohol and act as a perfect pairing, there will be a menu of quintessential British dishes all created with local ingredients, featuring a selection of small plates, plus a charred & roast section cooked in the Resting Room’s Josper oven.

On the first floor guests will enter GinTonica, a Spanish-inspired bar & kitchen that celebrates the country’s passion for design, food and the gin & tonic! In true Mediterranean style, guests can enjoy their G&Ts in a traditional Copa De Balón (balloon goblet glass), choosing from a carefully curated menu of the world’s finest gins.

Gintonica menu sample at The Distillery

barman creating gin cocktails

*We sampled the Clara and La Marianito. they were both delicious and expertly blended and nicely presented.

The Distillery’s GinTonic Plus menu is another nod to Spain’s love affair with juniper and is guaranteed to set gin lover’s hearts alight. Taking the traditional spirit & mixer serve to the next level, GinTonic Plus come with innovative garnishes, tinctures and bitters that flavour the drink. Tantalising examples include West Winds Sabre Gin, cold brew coffee & cocoa bitters served with 1724 tonic and garnished with orange, lavender & cocoa nibs; or G’Vine Nouaison Gin, Floc de Gascogne vin de liqueur & plum bitters served with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic and garnished with a dehydrated lemon, grapes & mint.

With décor inspired by a Spanish studio, GinTonica’s tapas food menu has been created by executive head chef Greg Lewis of renowned restaurant, Pintura Kitchen & Bar.

La Marianito & Clara Gin Cocktails

copper gin bottles

On the top floor, visitors can find The Boardroom, a private dining room, complete with it’s own bar –

You can also stay the night with chance to awaken in The Distillery’s bespoke lodgings above the iconic Portobello Road street market in one of the three bespoke guest rooms. Each room has been individually designed by Portobello Road Gin’s founding directors and are inspired by the eclectic culture of the local area.

Naturally, guests can expect an exciting minibar in each room, packed with exclusive spirits made on-site. A bespoke handmade record player with a Rough Trade-curated vinyl playlist is one of the other individual features that makes staying at The Distillery a unique overnight experience.  Hurry though as these rooms are already proving very popular from gin enthusiasts not only the UK but from abroad as well.

*One of the rooms was open to viewing on the night and they looked great, decorated really nicely with all mod cons and plenty of alcohol present in the room for guests.

Want to have a go at making your own? The fabled London gin-making experience, The Ginstitute, takes up residence in it’s new home in The Distillery, allowing visitors to make their own unique blend of gin. The Ginstitute’s entertaining and knowledgeable ginstructors will take guests on a historic journey, revisiting the miserable gin craze of London in the 1700’s, taking curious guests right through the juniper spirit’s 300 years of heritage right up to the recent ‘ginaissance’.

The Distillery will feature a 400L copper alembic still, allowing the growing brand to further expand it’s production capacity, capitalising on new export markets for the brand such as Italy and the US.

gin brewing equipment - Gin Still

A museum with artefacts, including the first-ever English cocktail book, is yet another attraction on-site, off-licenced shop will be filled with gin-related memorabilia and bottles to buy. We could see a great selection of top gin’s on display.

Shelf full of Gin

*our verdict – we can see this venture doing really well, the building interior feels decadent and welcoming, the bars on different floors mean visitors have room to move around and sample the different rooms. The cocktails we tried were great and crafted with care and the ability to head to the distillery to make your own is a great addition.

The Distillery opens to the public 16th December 2016.

*Visitors to The Distillery can enjoy 50% off their food bills on pre-booked tables during the venue’s soft launch period by signing up to their mailing list. Guests on the mailing list will also be able to book tables for drinks. For more information, prices and latest news visit www.the-distillery.london.   

For more information on the gin visit http://www.portobelloroadgin.com

 

 

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