Warwickshire gin producers to be celebrated at festival in Edgehill

There will also be the opportunity to join guided tours of the new micro-distillery

Gin producers in the county will be celebrated at a festival that is taking place in south Warwickshire later this year.

The Castle at Edgehill is hosting a gin festival on July 2, which aims to bring together gin brands from across the county, as well as providing live music and food in the gardens, which overlook the historic Edgehill battlefields.

There will also be the opportunity to join guided tours of The Castle’s new micro-distillery and gin school, run by Pinnock Distillery, which opened in the tower earlier this year.

Warwickshire Gin Company Director Dave Blick. Photo supplied

It marked an expansion for Kineton’s Dan Beckett whose collaboration with The Castle at Edgehill also celebrates the brands’ shared historical connections.

The Castle sits at a location overlooking the spot where Charles I raised the standard at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642 - the first major battle in the English Civil War between the Royalist forces and the Parliamentarian Army commanded by the Earl of Essex.

King Charles was the first ruler to tax alcohol in the 1630s when many people took to distilling in their kitchens.

As well as Pinnock, the range of gins available on the day includes: Warwickshire Gin Company and Newbold Spirit, both in Leamington and Rugby Distillery.

Gin producers will be celebrated at a gin festival hosted by The Castle at Edgehill on July 2. Photo supplied

Dan Beckett said: “It’s been a busy start for the gin school here at The Castle so we wanted to extend our celebration of this fabulous drink by inviting other producers to join us to showcase their brands.

"It is set to be a great event and we hope to see as many people there as possible, especially if the weather’s kind to us.”

Distilled using a small batch method and traditional copper pot, Warwickshire Gin Company celebrates the county with its five exclusive recipes: Leamington on Parade, Kingmaker, Peeping Tom, Pelota and The Philosopher’s Daughter.

Director Dave Blick said: “It’s great being able to get out to events, giving tasters and talking about our exciting dry gin flavour profiles. It’s been a tough few years for everyone so this is very exciting.”

Newbold Spirit owners Ian and Victoria Black and their daughters. Photo supplied

Local history is also at the heart of Rugby Distillery, with its range of gins themed around the story of the town and its famous game, including Wasps Gin, distilled exclusively for the Coventry-based Wasps team.

Richard Wilson, who runs Rugby Distillery with his sister Emma, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved at the Gin Festival at The Castle at Edgehill.

"To have our gins featured alongside some of the great gins from our area at such a great venue that is offering a brilliant gin school is a real highlight.”

The ethos behind Ian and Victoria Black’s award-winning Newbold Spirit is a collection of small-batch gins – and rums - that reflect the flavours they wanted to drink themselves.

The gin school at The Castle. Photo supplied

Victoria said: “Warwickshire has an amazing artisan food and drink culture which will be highlighted by Dan and his team at the festival. It’s going to be great fun - all we

need now is a bit of sunshine.”

Tickets, which are £20pp, include a G&T on arrival and food token as well as a free gin balloon glass to take home.

Tickets to the event, which runs from 2pm to 9pm, are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/castle-gin-fest-tickets-303078815897