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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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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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We need your nominations please!

Muddy Stilettos Awards 2017

I received a phone call earlier this afternoon from the lovely Sandra at the UKs leading regional lifestyle blog Muddy Stilettos. The blog is an urban guide to the countryside and we are big fans. We use it as a resource for finding out about cool and quirky Hertfordshire events and lifestyle businesses across the county.…

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Make it British Top 25 Gins

Make it British Top 25 Gins

The website Make it British has included us on their list of the Top 25 British gin brands! Not bad considering we’ve only been operating a few months and the list includes some other fantastic and well established brands. Top 25 British Gin Brands

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Hooray we’re a finalist in the Hertfordshire Food & Drink Awards 2017

For the last few months our Campfire crowd have been busy casting their votes for us in the Hertfordshire Food & Drink Awards 2017, Best Independent Retailer/Producer of the Year category. With a total 27 nominations in our category, the top 8 have now gone through to the final and we are pleased to announce that…

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Distillery neighbours

P E Mead & Sons Farm Shop

Puddingstone Distillery is located in the Chiltern Hills on the P E Mead & Sons Farm Shop and Café site in Wilstone, Hertfordshire. Not only do we have the farm shop as our neighbour but the Mead family are also producers of Chiltern Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oils. The oil is grown, pressed and bottled by…

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