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Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, Setmurthy, CA13 9SJ

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Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, Setmurthy, CA13 9SJ

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Summary

Take the lead and follow your instinct to discover "one of the top eight distilleries to visit before you die". Their majestic surroundings inspires their artistic ethos to produce a range of fine whiskies, gins and vodka. Visitors enjoy tours of the distillery and tastings of the their award-winning spirits. Informal dining and beverages are available at their on-site Bistro.

Where is The Lakes Distillery located?

The Lakes Distillery, established in 2011, nestles on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick. The Lakes Distillery's Whiskymaker takes his inspiration from the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the distillery has been meticulously built within a 160-year-old farmstead on the banks of the River Derwent. Easily found just off the A591 from Keswick or the A66 from Carlisle.

Details on what activities are available at The Lakes Distillery?

Experience the excitement of a distillery unlike any other, where the Lakes' Whiskymaker's unique approach comes to life. See 'behind the scenes' of the heat, smell and finesse of England's largest award-winning whisky distillery. Take a Distillery Tour and enjoy a guided tasting of the Lakes spirits, or sample an Enhanced Tour with Extra Tastings. Alternatively for whisky connoisseurs, take the Lakes Malt Tour, with a whisky-focussed tour of the working distillery, taking a closer look at the stillroom and maturation processes and learn about the Lakes' elevage and blending philosophies. Informal dining and beverages are available at the on-site Bistro, showcasing locall sourced ingredients and products.

Things to do in the local area?

Located in the North Lake District, the bustling town of Keswick is only 6 miles away to explore. There is also market town of Cockermouth nearby. Hiking and camping is also availble nearby.

Other information

Private tours, large groups, and bespoke experiences are available on request. Parking is free and coaches are welcome - please call to book in advance.

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 Distillery has a tremendous reputation with tourists and locals alike thanks to menus created by head chef Paul McKinnon. 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

Summer Holidays Begin

The summer holidays begin at The Lakes Distillery. Enjoy the sunshine in our garden, with lawn games to keep the whole family happy and more opportunities to meet the Alpacly Ever After herd too.

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

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The Lakes Single Malt Celebration

A day to commemorate our whisky journey so far and celebrate the launch of the Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker's Reserve. Join us for demonstrations, live music, tours and experiences, tasting and much more.

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

Start: 10:00

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Finish: 18:00

Half Term - Kids Eat Free

Children can eat for free this half term with a dining grown-up at our Bistro at the Distillery. We have put on additional time slots so all the family can come and meet the Alpacaly Ever After herd.

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

Start: 11:00

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Finish: 19:00

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The Lakes Autumn Whisky Festival

Founder members collect their Year 4 bottle and we launch the second edition of the Quatrefoil Collection, Hope. BBQ, stalls, demonstrations, outside bar and live music available throughout the day, as well as tours and experiences. All welcome.

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

Start: 10:00

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Finish: 22:00

Christmas Lights Switch On

The distillery Christmas Lights switch on at 5pm. With a touch of gift shopping, mince pies and carols - perfect to get you into the spirit of the season.

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

Start: 16:30

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Finish: 19:00

5th Birthday Celebration

Celebrating 5 years of spirit flowing from our stills. Join us for free tastings and learn more about The Lakes Single Malt Whisky. We celebrate with live music, tastings and a special Whiskymaker workshop. All with festive spirit of course! Bo...

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

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Santa's Breakfast Club

Join us for Santa's Breakfast Club at the distillery. Your chance to meet Santa himself for a special breakfast menu. Be quick to book your places - this event has sold out for the past two years. All the children will receive a gift from the ...

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

Start: 09:00

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Finish: 11:00

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New Year's Eve

What better way to start a new year than at a distillery in the Lake District? Join us for New Year's Eve dinner at the Bistro at the Distillery. Why not add a twilight tour before your supper too?

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

Start: 16:00

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Finish: 23:59

Burns Night

Join us for a Lakes Whisky focused celebration of this traditional supper, with storytelling and music to celebrate the life and works of Robbie Burns.

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

Start: 18:00

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Finish: 22:00

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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!


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 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 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 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.

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