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Shakespeare Distillery

Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9RQ

Tel: 01789 336335

Shakespeare Distillery

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Shakespeare Distillery founded, in 2015, by Simon Picken and Peter Monks. Located in Stratford-Upon-Avon, their mission is to craft truly delicious spirits, with a twist of history.

Taking inspiration from the Tudor herb garden, they fuse together complex, and often forgotten, botanicals with modern distilling equipment to produce exceptionally smooth real craft gins.

There has been an explosion in the UK craft gin market, with a large diversity in flavours and styles emerging, often with a high sugar content masking the true flavour of the spirit. Yet, they believe there is still a strong affection and appreciation for true gin. Hence, they ensure all their products are beautifully crafted by hand in small batches with the finest ingredients ensuring the true flavours of gin are present in all their spirits.

Shakespeare Distillery hold environmental consciousness as a core value of their business. Distillation is traditionally a very energy and water intensive process, however Shakespeare Distillery’s stills ‘Portia’ and ‘Ophelia’ are state-of-the-art and are designed to minimise energy and water usage. They also reuse and repurpose materials wherever they can, from boxes, to bottles, to botanicals.

At their distillery site, situated on Drayton Manor Drive just off the Alcester Road, they have created a wonderful visitor experience. The distillery is open to the public for tours, as well as a weekly ‘Gin School’ where visitors can distil their own unique gin! Furthermore, their distillery shop contains limited editions of special spirits which you can try nowhere else.

Warwickshire is the home of British gin: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and resident of Kenilworth Castle, was the first to bring juniper-based spirits to these Isles. So, why not come visit them for yourselves, and try real craft gin, with a twist of history

Shakespeare Distillery was founded, in 2015. Located in Stratford-Upon-Avon, its mission is to craft truly delicious spirits, with a twist of history.

Taking inspiration from the Tudor herb garden, they fuse together complex, and often forgotten, botanicals with modern distilling equipment to produce exceptionally smooth real craft gins.

During lockdown they experimented with Rum production and are now one of only 8 UK Distilleries to make their own British Rum from scratch.

Shakespeare Distillery hold environmental consciousness as a core value of their business. Distillation is traditionally a very energy and water intensive process, however Shakespeare Distillery’s stills ‘Portia’ and ‘Ophelia’, along with their big fermenter Titania, are state-of-the-art and are designed to minimise energy and water usage. They also reuse and repurpose materials wherever they can, from boxes, to bottles, to botanicals.  Shakespeare Distillery is very proud to have been certified Carbon Neutral last year.

At their distillery site, situated on Drayton Manor Drive just off the A46, Alcester Road, they have created a wonderful visitor experience. The distillery is open to the public for tours, as well as a weekly ‘Gin School’ where visitors can distil their own unique gin! Furthermore, their distillery shop contains limited editions of special spirits which you can try nowhere else.

In 2022 they opened a new attraction in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.  Called Judith’s in honour of William Shakespeare’s younger daughter who used to own the building, it is home to a new Rum School and Tasting Room as well as the main Distillery shop, which stocks locally produced wine, beer and chocolates as well as the full range of Distillery products.

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Experiences:

Shakespeare Distillery:

Distillery Tour & Tasting

Gin School

Judith’s:

Gin/Rum tasting

Rum School

Cocktail Masterclass

River Avon:

Gin Tasting Cruise

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