Summer has officially arrived and what better way to celebrate than with a masterclass in gin?
Hotham’s Leeds Gin School and Distillery burst onto the scene in March this year, hot on the heels of their award-winning Hull venue. Sadly, the pandemic forced them to close down temporarily, but now they’re back and better than ever.
Residing in the space formerly occupied by The Cat’s Pyjamas on Eastgate, the ultra-modern venue is in a prime location opposite Victoria Gate Shopping Centre. The gin school re-opened on Saturday 18 July, when pre-booked guests were greeted with a signature Hotham’s G&T before embarking on a unique journey through the distillation process.
As well as in-depth insight into the botanicals used to create the iconic spirit, students can put their newfound knowledge to the test by crafting their very own litre bottle of artisan gin. The school makes for a memorable corporate event or birthday treat and can cater to both small and large groups.
The open plan design and generous size of Hotham’s allows plenty of room for social distancing, whilst extra precaution has been taken to ensure the venue is kept sparkling clean at all times. And for those who want to just sit back and relax, the Distillery Bar offers one of the finest selections of Yorkshire ales, ciders and creative cocktails in the county.
The re-launch coincides with the release of Hotham’s Leeds Dry Gin, which is distilled on-site in micro-batches of no more than 50. Produced by hand in traditional copper alembic stills, the gin blends lime, basil and ginger with juniper berries and coriander seeds, resulting in a fragrant tipple that’s hard to resist.
Co-founders Emma Kinton and Simon Pownall had this to say ahead of the Hotham’s Leeds reopening: “Lockdown has been a tough time for everyone, however, we’re excited to pick things up where we left off. Hotham’s Distillery Bar and Leeds Gin School looks amazing and is all geared up to offer visitors a memorable experience that’s fun, informative and above all, safe.
“Customers can also drop just for drinks now too, and we’ve handpicked an unrivalled selection of Yorkshire beers, ciders and locally-produced spirits to please even the most discerning taste palate. We can’t wait to welcome the people of Leeds back and have ambitions to add even more awards to our mantelpiece going forward. We hope to see you at the bar for a G&T soon.”
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