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The Lakes Distillery

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, Setmurthy, Cumbria, CA13 9SJ

The Lakes Distillery

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, Setmurthy, Cumbria, CA13 9SJ

The Lakes Distillery opened its doors in December 2014 and in just 18 months has become one of Cumbria’s leading experiential tourist attractions and the only distillery in Cumbria.

The Lakes Distillery has a range of facilities for visitors to enjoy, from interactive tours to fabulous onsite dining facilities. The distillery tours, ranging from standard to tasting tours, are a sensory experience enjoyed by all ages which follow the journey of how their world-class gin, vodka and eagerly anticipated malt whisky are made.

Visitors are also invited to see behind the scenes at the working distillery and explore the stillrooms, warehouse and tasting room as well as enjoy a tasting of the spirits at the end (with fruit juice for kids!).

The acclaimed Bistro at The Distillery has developed a tremendous reputation with tourists and locals thanks to menus created by head chef Andrew Beaton, with renowned Michelin star chef Terry Laybourne as a mentor. Bistro at the Distillery offers everything from coffee and cake to decadent three course suppers.

The Lakes Distillery also has a beautifully appointed luxury gift shop, with locally-sourced products ranging from candles to blankets. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic route to the River Derwent, passing the resident herd of friendly alpacas.

The Lakes Distillery is no stranger to awards, having been awarded the Spirits Business 'Master' award for the Best Distillery Visitor Facilities in the world and a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, in addition to various awards for their spirits. Visit today to come and see for yourself!

Information on The Lakes Distillery , Bassenthwaite Lake , Cumbria, Setmurthy

Opening Times: Tours 10am - 5pm
Admission: £12.50 per adult. £5 per child 12-17. Free under 12.
Child Friendly:  Children over 6 welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Courtyard & shop)
Location: Turn off A66 by Bassenthwaite Lake on to B5291. Continue on this road for 1 mile. At Ouse Bridge carry straight on (do not cross bridge). Distillery is off to the right after 400m. Parking: free Accessible by Public Transport. Buses: Stagecoach, Penrith to Workington route on the X4
Facilities: Catering -The acclaimed Bistro at The Lakes Distillery has a tremendous reputation with tourists and locals alike thanks to menus created by head chef Andrew Beaton. A la carte & fixed price menus are available daily, alongside a luxury afternoon tea, Coaches - Coaches are welcome. Group discounts are available, Disabled Access - All spaces within the Distillery are fully accessible. A lift is provided for mobility access. Larger electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters will be unable to pass through the still room but alternative manual wheelchairs are available for use, Guided Tours - Take a walk around the production unit with a professional tour guide and learn about the distillery’s history and the process of spirit-making. A tasting session will also be held, with three spirits to try including The One, The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka. Also included is £5 toward any 70cl bottle, which can be redeemed at the on-site retail shop, Parking - Free on-site parking is available for up to 50 cars, Shop - We have a luxury on-site gift shop selling our spirits & locally-sourced products

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Review of The Lakes Distillery

Posted on by David CCustomer visited Aug 2016

I really can't say how thoroughly pleased I was with the visit. The surroundings of Bassenthwaite, the distillery and each and every one of your staff from the tour to the gift shop to the Bistro were excellent at every stage. I literally loved every minute.

The female guide was excellent, very pleasant, informative and gave a great - and very knowledgeable tour which both my Step-Dad and myself loved every minute of. I particularly liked the fact that I was acknowledged as a founder before and during the tour, while I felt a little like a "celeb" of sorts it was nice to have been acknowledged.

It was amazing to see the distillery and the founders casks and also the plaques with all the founders names - luckily I managed to find my own on there which put a massive smile on my face.

While I've invested in the Lakes Spirit and take more to a whisky (so without question loved the One Blended Whisky) I was equally as pleased, if not even pleasantly surprised at the high quality of both the One Gin and One Vodka. I expected them to be good but my god, the Vodka is as close if not better than my favourite Grey Goose. And the Gin, which became an instant new favourite currently sits in my freezer for sipping neat as advised by our lovely tour guide is just stunning and still surprises me with every taste.

We capped off our tour with an excellent meal care of your Steak Night Menu at the Bistro with a few drinks which was perfect as the sun went down.

Following my visit I am even prouder to be a Founder, and look forward to watching what will be an exceptional spirit with the Lakes Spirit develop and grow over the years (having tasted year one, I'm incredibly impressed how it's turning out) and wish you every success...but I know you'll succeed - you already have a winning formula.


Review of The Lakes Distillery

Posted on by Helen CCustomer visited Apr 2016

I just wanted to say thank you for a truly fantastic visit. We came today for the tour and afternoon tea and it was all amazing! Your distillery is so inspirational, your staff passionate about what they do, your ethics outstanding, your whisky, gin and vodka amazing and your afternoon tea to die for!

So, so refreshing to find you, we will most certainly be back, every time we have visitors! Special mention of Simon who conducted our tour, a huge credit to the distillery.


Review of The Lakes Distillery

Posted on by Paz LCustomer visited Aug 2016

Attended the lakes distillery with the family with an 11 year old. Great for all members as the tour guides are very knowledgeable and approachable. Reasonably priced, under 12's free. Beautiful locations and the restoration of the building is amazing. The tasting session at the end is very good. Squash for the kiddies of course. Would definitely recommend a visit to the distill when in the lakes. Close to Keswick as well, if that's where your staying.


Review of The Lakes Distillery

Posted on by Andy PCustomer visited Aug 2016

In a completely renovated historic model farm, this is a great new venture. On site there is a bistro and shop as well as the distillery itself which is producing whisky (when it is matured enough to be sold as such), gin and vodka. We had a fascinating guided tour which we would recommend.


Review of The Lakes Distillery

Posted on by Peter ECustomer visited Aug 2016

Have just had a very nice visit to the Lakes Distillery. Our original plan was to have a Sunday Lunch but then decided to do a tour before. Amanda our guide was knowledgable and took the time to explain the brief history of the distillery and the making of Whiskey and other spirits. After the tour we spent some time in the well appointed shop purchasing some of the local product. It was then time for dinner, the service was good and the meals were plentiful and tasty. I had the roast beef with Yorkshire puddings. A very nice Sunday afternoon.


Review of The Lakes Distillery

Posted on by Katy BCustomer visited Aug 2016

We got a great Groupon deal and checked it out, I'm not into alcohol at all but my other half is and he really enjoyed it. Food in the bistro was fantastic and a good price would definitely return!

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