Gin bars in Norfolk: top places for gin lovers
PUBLISHED: 11:15 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:51 28 January 2019
For those shirking Dry January, you may want to take part in Ginuary. As the region becomes an ever-stronger player in the production of this juniper-based favourite, we have gathered some top places that are championing the drink in Norfolk
16 Charing Cross, Norwich
Situated in central Norwich, the Mash Tun’s Gin Palace, which is also known for its craft beers, has three floors of speakeasy-inspired décor with plenty of corners in which to hide away with a glass of gin.
Upstairs you will find the lavish and decadent gin bar, stocked with 150 varieties of gin, including some intriguing dessert infusions alongside classic dry gins. Lovers of the drink will find plenty to whet their palate.
Fun fact: In reference to the pub’s name, owner, Mr Fisher said: “You use a mash tun to make beer, gins and whiskies. With the downstairs pub craft-led, and the gin palace upstairs, we thought it was quite an appropriate name”.
74-78 St Benedicts Street, Norwich
The Ten Bells has a particular claim to fame; it is home to Norfolk’s first gin distillery which also produces Bullards Gin, which was revealed as the World’s Best London Dry Gin at the 2017 World Drink Awards. What more do you need to pop down for a visit?
The bar is stocked with over 60 gins as well as offering more than 50 bespoke cocktails, craft beers and 10 draught lines.
Fun fact: You can book yourself a tour of the distillery and tasting sessions are available for parties and events.
6 High Street, Ringstead, Hunstanton
The Gin Trap has over 100 gins from all over the world in its selection. If you fancy something unusual, sweet or dry then the Gin Trap can more than accommodate.
Homemade food can be enjoyed with one of the pub’s six hand selected gin tasting boards, a great way for gin enthusiasts to sample something new.
Fun fact: Gin Trap Gin, the pubs own concoction, is distilled by Bullards of Norwich and described as possessing a sweet fruity taste with notes of vanilla, mango and passion fruit.
The Street, Weybourne, Holt
At The Ship Inn, you can enjoy locally sourced seafood alongside its selection of gins.
With a stock of over 150 types of gin from around the world and being only a short walking from the Weybourne beach there’s little excuse not to pop in for a visit. You can even bring the dog for a drink at the bar.
Fun fact: Try one of the latest additions, the Ginger Ninja gingery gin (try saying that five times fast!), perfect to sip next to the real wood burner on a cold winter’s day.
57 High Street, Wighton nr Wells-next-the-Sea
Recently refurbished, The Carpenters Arms in Wighton offers a great mix of the old and new in both its décor and the food and drink.
A specially crafted gin menu, including handcrafted Norfolk gins and extensive range of tonics and mixers, the Carpenters Arms boasts that it can tailor its gins to your palate. So stop over and give them a challenge.
Fun fact: Fancy a sweeter G&T? Opt for elderflower tonic with your gin for that delicate yet distinctively summery flavour.
Want the gin to come to you? Well The Copper Cork can make that happen. Run by gin lovers for gin lovers, the owners were inspired to start their mobile business to help showcase their favourite gins along with a great experience for their patrons.
Fashioned from an old racehorse trailer this mobile gin bar is available for local parties and events and showcases top local brands. The Copper Cork can be hired in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.
Fun fact: Doing their bit for the environment the owners make sure to exclusively use compostable cups, paper straws and recycled paper napkins.
44 The Street, Poringland
The Royal Oak certainly loves gin and likes to show them off in creative cocktails. Staff have lots of knowledge of gin as the pub has been around since the early 1900’s.
The pub also hosts beer festivals each year along with live music, real ciders and plenty of entertainment and choices of drinks for everyone.
Fun fact: One of the Oak’s favourite gins is Norfolk Gin which is made by combining oriental botanicals with a neutral spirit.
6 Pottergate, Norwich
Following her dream is exactly what the owner of this gin bar has done. Formerly a corporate director, Teresa Gizzi launched The Gin Temple last year after being converted to a gin whilst on holiday.
Located in Pottergate, this bar specialises in selling Norfolk gins whilst situating patrons in a relaxed and informal environment. There are also special events such as themed gin tasting events in the bar as well as around Norfolk.
Fun fact: Mrs Gizzi has specifically designed the bar to be interactive “we have live herbs around the bar which people can use in their drinks.” There are also plans for gin-themed food, making this bar one to watch.