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Campfire London Dry Gin wins World’s Best Martini Challenge 2019

Campfire London Dry Gin wins World's Best Martini Challenge 2019

Well, what an amazing start to the new year! To our enormous surprise our Campfire London Dry Gin martini was crowned winner at the World’s Best Martini Challenge 2019! On Tuesday 15 January Ben and I headed off to London to serve our classic martini to martini fans who had gathered at 100 Wardour Street.…

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Campfire London Dry in 2019 World’s Best Martini Final

Campfire London Dry Gin in World's Best Martini Challenge 2019 final

So we were invited to enter the World’s Best Martini Challenge and although we’ve always thought Campfire London Dry Gin made an excellent bone dry martini to have made it to the final five contenders in the challenge is amazing. On 15 January we are off to 100 Wardour Street to serve mini martinis to…

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Winter warming gin cocktails

Spiced Apple Gin Warmer Cocktail

It was great to see so many people out at the Tring Christmas Festival the other evening enjoying the tasty food and drink offerings from local producers. The Campfire Gin menu this year featured not one but two warm gin cocktails for the festive season. For those of you that would like to re-create the…

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Puddingstone Distillery shop Christmas 2018 opening hours

Christmas 2018 opening hours

Now most of you know the distillery shop is only open on Fridays and Saturdays and that’s because Monday to Thursday Ben is either distilling or out delivering gin and Kate is in the design studio attending to graphic design clients. However, throughout December, we will have special additional Christmas opening hours as follows: Sunday…

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Pre-order PUD PUD and PUD PUD Cask

Pre-order PUD PUD and PUD PUD Cask

It feels like autumn has only just arrived but Christmas is fast approaching and many people are asking when PUD PUD will return. Well folks, it will be launched on 9 November along with PUD PUD Cask which a handful of you got to enjoy back in June when we released a limited run of…

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Yipee we won!

Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2018

We ditched the distillery uniforms for the day and headed over to the Henry Moore Foundation in Perry Green, east Herts for the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drinks Awards 2018. We were delighted to be a finalist in the Community Service category for our work with the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and winner of…

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It was all about about apple cocktail demo

PD Apple Cocktail Demo

To kick off the Tring Apple Festival month long celebrations our latest cocktail demo session was all about apple. Our Apple Fayre cocktail created especially for our pop up dining last autumn was joined by two other cocktails which introduce apple flavours in different ways. Apple Fayre uses cloudy, fresh pressed apple juice from P…

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We’re finalists!

Rural Business Awards & Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards

We’re over the moon to have been selected as finalists in the Rural Business Awards East region and the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink 2018 Awards. All the judging has taken place so we just now need to be patient and wait for the ceremonies before we find out the results! Fingers crossed!

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Shrub & Smash Cocktails Demo

PD Shrub & Smash cocktails

Our popular cocktail demo sessions returned in early August, this time focusing on summer fruits. We demonstrated two types of smash cocktail and one type of shrub cocktail. Smashes are as the name suggests – fresh fruit smashed with a muddler to extract the fruity juice. These are quick and easy to do while shrubs…

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Martini meets Mahattan

Campfire Fireside Manhattan

With sweet orange and grapefruit citrus notes Campfire London Dry and Campfire Cask Aged gins both make deliciously smooth martinis. There’s a whole host of different martini recipes out there and we explored a few in our recent martini cocktail demo at the distillery. If you’d like to have a go yourself here are the…

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We’ve joined the Gin Guild

The Gin Guild

On a warm and sunny May evening Ben and I headed to London’s Guildhall and with juniper in hand we pledged our commitment to all things gin. It was a great night catching up with friends within the distilling industry, many of whom offered invaluable advice and guidance at the start of our gin journey. We…

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Stargazing & Cocktails

Stargazing & Cocktails

It was 3rd time lucky on Friday 20 April for our Stargazing & Cocktails event. The weather finally played ball enabling Neil and Jane from Tring Astro to set up their telescopes outside the distillery. With them came Paul from Sirius Astronomy. ‘He drives around with cool stuff in his car’ according to his Twitter…

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WIN a Millican backpack and bottle of Campfire Gin

Millican competition banner

We’re big fans of UK designed Millican bags here at Puddingstone Distillery. Over the last few years they’ve been our companions for adventures near and far. Whether it’s been a stroll through Manhattan with maps and snacks, protecting camera gear from the red dust of Kenyan trails or hauling kit for an unsupported cycle ride…

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Cocktail Demonstrations – Valentine’s Special

Valentine cocktails

Following on from the success of our December drop in demos, focusing on Christmas cocktails, we this time turned to three local bars, who also happen to serve our gin and asked them to create a cocktail they’d serve for Valentine’s Day. Over two sessions on Saturday 10 February the various tools and techniques required…

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We’re hiring

We're hiring

The position A Saturday job with a difference, not least because it may sometimes include evenings and Sundays too! You will be working in the shop, serving samples and talking through our product with customers, keeping the shop tidy, filling the shelves and ensuring everything is ‘just so’(we have very high standards). On top of…

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Best Newcomer at Hertfordshire Life Food & Drinks Awards 2017

Best Newcomer Hertfordshire Life Food & Drinks Awards 2017

The Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards, one of the biggest events in the Herts food and drink industry annual calendar, took place in the Old Palace at Hatfield House on Monday 24 July where the winners of the 12 categories were revealed. Having been open for less than a year, we were delighted to…

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And we’re in the Muddy Stilettos Herts finals!

Muddy Stilettos Herts Finalist

We’re in the finals of the Hertfordshire Muddy Awards for best Local Producer (Food) and it’s all thanks to you! But we need your help again for the final round of voting. This year the voting for the Muddy Stilettos Herts awards can be seen live on their website in real time. Voting opens tomorrow (Wednesday…

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We’ve made it to the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink finals!

Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

Phew, what a few weeks it’s been. Last night we heard we’d made it to the Muddy Stilettos Herts awards finals and now we’re in the finals of the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink awards. Not only that but we’re in the finals of two categories – Best Newcomer and Best Food Producer! We’re now…

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Dining at the Distillery sold out

Dining at the distillery, sold out

We’re eagerly looking forward to this coming Saturday which is the first of our two nights of dining at the distillery. It also happens to be World GinDay! We’ve created some delicious cocktails which are being paired with the menu designed by the acclaimed chef Alison Young of Chappell & Caldwell. The menu incorporates the botanicals from…

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