Housed in former Victorian model farm buildings with spectacular views of the Cumbrian fells, the Lakes Distillery, Lakeland’s first new whisky distillery for more than 100 years, will also launch the first of its drinks then - gin.
The visitor centre will have an interactive information area, guided distillery tours and, of course, a tasting room. Its bar and bistro will exhibit Cumbrian produce, and there will be a shop also.
A board room will host private tastings and dinners.Last year the company created a new concept in blended whiskies, The One, which is claimed as the first blend of whiskies from around the British Isles. It also opened membership to its Founders’ Club, whose subscribers get a collection of the first bottles of The Lakes Malt to be produced.
Eventually the clean pure air, rugged mountains and fast flowing rivers there will give rise to malt whisky, gin and vodka. The Lakes Malt will be available after maturing from 2019. Meanwhile this summer The Lakes Gin will be available – Cumbria’s only native gin.
All the products will have a North East connection. Nigel Mills, the Whitley Bay entrepreneur and chairman of the Entrepreneurs Forum, has a financial stake in the business. And RSM Solutions, a family business opened at Eaglescliffe in 2008, will be bottling. RSM was started by Richard Marsden, who took over the Lion’s Den brew and bottle operation of Cameron’s Brewery at Hartlepool.
Paul Currie, managing director of The Lakes Distillery, founded the award-winning Isle of Arran distillery.