Throughout the Lake District there are various restaurants, breweries, and distilleries providing tastings to the public. This article provides details on the most popular venues for tastings, where to find them, and what they offer.
As a county with a love for food and drinks, visiting the district can provide a great opportunity to discover new drinks that are locally crafted and distilled.
The Lakes Distillery – Bassenthwaite Lake
The Lake Distillery is one of the most cherished venues for drink tastings in Cumbria. The distillery opened in 2014 on its idyllic rural site near Bassenthwaite with an artisan bar and bistro with great food. They sell locally produced goods and distillery products to the public.
The visitor centre of the distillery provides a chance to learn about the Lakes Malt, Lakes Gin, and Lakes Vodka and how they are made. A tour takes you through the still room and the warehouse where the whisky matures. They provide tasting options with the tour.
Keswick Brewing Company – Keswick
Keswick Brewing Company is a craft brewery in nearby distance to the Keswick town centre. They have a tap bar, shop, and provide tours of the brewery with tastings and socials on weekends. The tour includes tastings and a guide into how the beer is crafted.
Online bookings are available for all tours and events they offer within their opening days between Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Shed 1 Gin – Ulverston
Ulverston stands as the lake districts only multi-award-winning gin distillery. They provide a great experience of making your own gin, afternoon gin, and tonics. They offer tours and tastings to all visitors. Online bookings are available for all tasting and tour options. The bar and tours are open on Saturdays.
Tastings of their gins have been a popular activity for many visitors to the Lake District and provide a great chance of witnessing how gin is distilled and to distil your own gin.
All the distilleries, breweries, and tasting venues on this list provide visitors with the chance of experiencing how the local drinks are made. You can even order food at some of these venues. Some venues provide online orders through their website.