The Lakes

The Lakes Distillery

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Following a £9m investment and three years in development, The Lakes Distillery opened in December 2014 in The Lake District National Park with the vision of producing world class spirits that will be global brands recognised and respected around the world.  Since then, we have become one of Cumbria’s leading award winning tourist attractions, welcoming 100,000 visitors in its first year.

The Lakes Distillery’s first spirit offering was The ONE, a unique blended whisky containing mix of the best whiskies from around the British Isles leading to a spirit which is remarkably smooth but full of character, giving a well-rounded balance of flavours. Our portfolio has expanded to include The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka, lovingly created in our hand-crafted copper stills at the distillery. Our eagerly-awaited Lakes Malt Whisky is currently resting in a selection of high quality barrels with a limited bottling due in 2018.


Housed in a beautifully renovated 1850s Victorian model farm, the Distillery has a range of facilities for visitors to enjoy. This includes an interactive tour which last one hour and offers a sensory experience enjoyed by all ages including a tasting of our spirits. The tours follow the journey of how our world-class gin and vodka and our 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.

The Lakes Distillery also has a luxury gift shop with locally-sourced products and our resident herd of friendly alpacas, which visitors can walk past whilst enjoying a walk down to the River Derwent.

The acclaimed Bistro at The Lakes Distillery has developed a tremendous reputation popular with tourists and locals thanks to menus created by head chef Andrew Beaton, with renowned Michelin star chef Terry Laybourne as a mentor.

After only one year, The Lakes Distillery has already built up an outstanding reputation; winning the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ award at the CN Awards 2015, A ‘Master’ medal at the Global Spirits Masters 2016 and being named a top 50 icon of Cumbria by judges of Cumbria Magazine. On 22nd July 2015, The Lakes Distillery was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal with the Deputy Lord Lt. of Cumbria Charles in attendance.

The essence of The Lakes Distillery brand is one of beauty, honesty and a heartfelt sense of place. Our highly experienced team, experts in their field, are passionate about producing the best quality spirits and customer experiences.

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