Kenilworth To Get Its Gin Distillery In Summer 2020
Kenilworth is one step closer to getting a gin distillery.
Gin has always been a fan favourite in the UK. According to Kantar's Worldpanel division, gin is officially the UK’s favourite spirit, passing whiskey. Over a quarter of the population have purchased gin (including flavoured/gin liqueur) in the last 12 months, which is 10% up from 4 years ago. In fact, gin brands have also really succeeded in connecting with younger consumers: 4 years ago, 43% of 18-24s told us that they drink gin, it’s now 55%.
Over the years, the UK has seen a rise in gin brands and producers, so it’s no surprise when there are plans of having new gin distill across the UK. The Warwick District Council has approved a planning application to open a gin distillery in Kenilworth.
Charlie Weetman, owner F Weetman & Sons Christmas and Farm Shops submitted an application to turn a building on his family’s farm property (East Chase Farm) into a gin distillery for the district. The application involved converting a barn building on the property into a gin distillery.
F Weetman & Sons Christmas and Farm Shops are known for their Christmas trees and Christmas decorations.
Charlie’s son, Luke Weetman, and Luke’s business partner Rich Bartle are planning on opening a gin distillery on the East Chase Farm property in Kenilworth.
Luke works as a plumbing and heating engineer, and Rich has been in the Marines for 12 years.
"We were looking for a new challenge and want to give something back to the town,” said Luke in a conversation with Kenilworth Weekly News. "We think it will be good for the town. We will be coming up with our own recipe - a taste of Kenilworth."
Luke and Rich’s plans are to start early digging and get on with the conversion of turning the barn into a gin distillery by February 2020. They are hoping to open the distillery in late spring, or early summer of 2020.
The planning application's approval came with conditions, which included that all building work should stop immediately if any sign of bats is found during works and Natural England must be contacted, and the building work shouldn’t be a disturbance to nesting birds.
"It's great news. It's all definite now. We're good to start the build now." Luke added.
Looks like summer in Kenilworth is going to be worth a visit!
News Source: Kenilworth Weekly News
Image: Kenilworth Weekly News
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