Spirits are high after Stratford gin win - The Leamington Observer

Spirits are high after Stratford gin win

Leamington Editorial 27th Mar, 2024   0

SPIRITS were high after Shakespeare Distillery’s win at the West Midlands Tourism Awards.

Shakespeare Distillery’s Gin School, based in Stratford, was named ‘Experience of the Year’.

The independent artisan spirit producer picked up the top gold award at a ceremony held on March 20 at the Bear Grylls Adventure in Solihull.

As a gold winner, Shakespeare Distillery will automatically be entered into the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which takes place in June.




Shakespeare Distillery is no stranger to receiving accolades. In 2020 and 2022 the company won gold and silver in the West Midlands Tourism Awards for their destination distillery experiences.

The Gin School, which was launched five years ago, enables visitors to try their own hand at being a distiller and create their own gin using a miniature copper still and an array of botanicals, alongside expert tuition. After three hours visitors will have distilled, blended, bottled, sealed, and labelled their own unique bottles of gin to take away with them.


Director Peter Monks said “We are absolutely thrilled to have won Gold in the West Midlands Tourism Awards. Winning this award is testament to our brilliant team whom we are so proud of, and who work incredibly hard producing our handcrafted spirits and delivering a five-star visitor experience.”

Shakespeare Distillery, which was founded in 2015 by Mr Monks and Simon Picken, is Stratford’s only working distillery and produces a series of spirits including their signature Stratford Gin, Jester Rums, and distillery specials.

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