Soup of the day: gin

Gin is officially having much more than a moment. The artisan distilleries, the pop-up gin buses trundling around London, the small batches with hipster-illustrated labels…it’s a full blown Gin-aissance.

It’s not hard to find a niche little gin distillery to claim as your favourite, and I think I might have found mine. Anyone who’s cast even the most cursory of glances over my blogs for The Chromologist will be familiar with my slight obsession with the pretty sailing town of Salcombe, located right on the coast of the South Hams in Devon. It’s got golden beaches, azure waters, an almost Venetian waterways community, a cracking sweet shop and now, its very own gin distillery.

Photo credit: Salcombe Gin

Founded by gin-loving sailors Angus and Howard (who originally met in the ‘90s whilst teaching sailing in Salcombe), Salcombe Gin started life where all good ideas do – in the pub. Recognising an increasing demand for spirits with real provenance and character, the pair set about building a purpose-built distillery in the heart of Salcombe to produce gins of exceptional quality in small batches.

Photo credit: Salcombe Gin

Tucked away on Island Street, Salcombe Gin – housed in a beautifully converted boat shed – now produces delicious, super-smooth hand-distilled gin made from thirteen carefully selected botanicals distilled with the finest English wheat spirit and blended with pure Dartmoor water. For those currently enjoying the unstoppable copper trend, you’re in for a visual treat. The bottle’s label bears a copper-foil sailing flag with an intricate map of Start Point printed on the other side.

Photo credit: Salcombe Gin

There’s a swish new copper-drenched bar attached to the distillery where you can enjoy a bucket-sized G&T while admiring Salcombe Estuary of an evening. Better yet, they’ve even started running a Gin School:

“…the ultimate gin experience for the curious gin lover. At our outstanding distilling laboratory for adults, you will take charge of a beautiful copper mini-still to develop and distil your very own 70cl bottle of gin.”

Where do I sign up?

Photo credit: Adams + Collingwood Architects

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Kathryn Bellamy


Farmer’s daughter turned Londoner, writer and interiors lover Kathryn lives in Battersea with her boyfriend and chilli plants. When she’s not writing or re-decorating, she’s working on a series of children's books. At the weekends she regularly swaps London for Devon or Herefordshire.

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