World Gin Day - Make mine a double
The UK gin industry is booming, with new artisan distilleries popping up all over the country, including several in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. On Saturday 10th June, World Gin Day will celebrate the spirit in its many forms, from the big hitters like Gordons, Bombay Sapphire and Hendricks, to the small batch-distilled gins. Here at Michael Graham we pride ourselves on knowing our cucumber from our liquorice botanicals, so here’s our inside scoop on the top places to enjoy a perfectly mixed and garnished G&T.
The Green Room in Brackley is run by Gordon, an appropriate name for a gin connoisseur. Their menu offers the largest selection of gins we’ve come across, including eight locally distilled varieties. All are served with a tonic from the Fever Tree range, chosen to bring out the flavour of the botanicals. The Spanish gin Nordes is garnished with juniper berries and the local Cotswold gin, Garden Tiger, a slice of orange. Both are exquisite. Best enjoyed with tapas on a summers evening in their courtyard garden for an authentic Mediterranean experience.
The Cowpers Oak in the market town of Olney in Buckinghamshire have declared it their mission to serve the best G&T in the area, travelling from London to Bruges to see how top restaurants were serving their gins. Back from their travels, their menu includes eight different gins, including Buckingham’s own Foxdenton 48.
185 Watling Street in Towcester has been named best pub in Northamptonshire in the National Pub and Bar Awards 2017. Head there for a gin-based cocktail, and choose from 15 different varieties. Tanqueray 10 and The Botanist are customer favourites.
Also Known As on Parsons Street in Banbury are planning their second gin festival later this year and constantly update their range, keeping a selection of up to 20 niche varieties on their gin shelf. Enjoy while listening to the live music.
The Cross Keys Country Pub and Kitchen in the quiet village of Wood End in Bedford is heaven for G&T lovers, offering customers a ‘Gindex’, featuring a whopping 50 different varieties of gin.
If you know of other venues that should be on the Michael Graham gin radar, please get in touch in the usual way. And to browse town and country properties for sale, gin and tonic in hand, visit us at www.michaelgraham.co.uk