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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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A trio of silvers

IWSC Awards 2018

Earlier this year we made the decision not to enter the San Fransisco World Spirits Awards, choosing instead to put all three of our gins before the judges at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC)… and we’re glad we did. A clean sweep of three silver medals, one of them an Outstanding Silver! Pleased?…

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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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Help us make gin!

PD Balsam Bash

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are holding 2 balsam bashes on 3 and 24 July at Tewinbury and Rye Meads respectively. Ben and I will be there as it’s the Himalayan balsam flower that we need to make our ‘pink for a purpose’ Campfire Special Edition No 1 Gin. £2 from every bottle sold goes to 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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Difford’s Guide. Inspiration. Jubilation

Difford's Guide

Just over 4 years ago, Kate picked up a hardback copy of Simon Difford’s 2nd Compendium of Gin. It still sits on our shelf as both a resource and reminder of how far we have come. To say that Simon knows his booze is like saying Stephen Hawking knows his theoretical physics. Simon is also responsible for…

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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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Campfire Special Edition No 1 raises £1326 for HMWT

Campfire Special Edition No 1 raises £1326

We’re proud to announce that sales of our 2017 summer gin Campfire Special Edition No 1, the world’s first to use the invasive plant species, Himalayan balsam, has helped raise £1,362 for our project partner, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. £2 from every bottle sold was donated to the charity. We also held two tour…

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PUD PUD winter seasonal launch

PUD PUD launch

Puddingstone Pudding Gin (PUD PUD for short) was launched on 10 November at the distillery’s Christmas Fayre and late night shopping evening held with P E Mead & Sons Farm Shop on whose site we are based. From 6pm to 9pm the distillery welcomed a host of visitors wanting to be the first to get…

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Campfire Navy Strength Wins Navy Gin of the Year 2017

Navy Strength wins gin of the year 2017

With a judging panel featuring David T Smith (gin writer and founder of the Craft Distilling Expo), Olivier Ward (Gin Foundry) and Nik Fordham (Distillery Manager Chivas Brothers) we were very excited and overwhelmed to be presented with the gin of the year 2017 for the Navy category for our Campfire Navy Strength. Judging took…

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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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NEW Campfire Gin Special Edition No 1

Campfire Gin Special Edition No 1

Back in early 2016 when we were seeking permission to photograph our Campfire Gin bottle in an outdoor location, we came across Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The Trust maintain vast swathes of rural land, including areas around the reservoirs adjacent to the distillery and it was by Wilstone reservoir that the homepage image of…

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Local accommodation – Town Farm Camping

Town Farm, Ivinghoe

Located just 4 miles from the distillery is the amazing Town Farm camp site. Run by the Leach family, Town Farm is a working farm with beautiful views of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the famous Ivinghoe Beacon – the end of the Ridgeway National Trail. It’s perfectly situated for county walks…

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Chilfest 2017

Chilfest 2017

Sometimes it’s best to get the experts in… a decision we wisely made having signed up to sell Campfire Gin at Chilfest 2017. Now in its 5th year, this annual music festival, held in Tring and usually featuring artists from the 1980s was set to play host to 9000 visitors with a line up that…

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Campfire 2017

Sir Ranulph Fiennes at Campfire 2017

When we created Campfire Gin and indeed the Campfire brand, our goal was to engage with those who like their gin and tonic under the stars as much as they do in bars. For us it was a an extension of our own personal experiences that had inspired the creation of Campfire Gin. Earlier this…

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Dining at the Distillery

Lavender smoked salmon

Having heard that Alison Young, the amazing talent behind Chappell & Caldwell was serving our gin as a welcome drink for her guests, we were naturally intrigued to find out what other goodies she was offering at her revered ‘pop up’ supper clubs. Now some dining experiences can be like a digital playlist. A random…

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