• Plymouth Gin

    The oldest working gin distillery in England

Plymouth Gin Distillery Tour 

The oldest working gin distillery in England


The distillery building is a national monument. The Black Friar’s building dates back to the early 1400s. The most intact part of the distillery is the Refectory Room, a medieval hall with a fine hull-shaped timber roof built in 1431. It is one of the oldest buildings in Plymouth and protected as a precious national monument. Not least because it’s now also an important centre of excellence for gin cocktail making.

Unless you have been living under a rock the last few years, chances are you have noticed that Gin is very much the modern booze. From Gin tastings to Gin distillery tours, Gin bars and even Gin and tonic tea bags – Gin is undeniably a firm favourite. Read more in our why is gin so popular blog.

The Gin Distillery Tour

Discover the history of the hallowed Black Friar's Distillery and get an introduction to the centuries-old Plymouth Gin distillation process. The tour includes a short tutored tasting of Plymouth Gin Original and Plymouth Sloe Gin. It is the perfect introduction to the unique blend of exotic botanicals and their colourful partner in the craft, the sloe berry. You can even upgrade to a Connoisseur's or Master Distillers' tour which includes an in-depth blind tasting of five gins, to compare the different styles and tastes.

The Refectory

The Refectory Cocktail Bar is a unique and vibrant lounge situated within this historic distillery. The Refectory building is Grade II* listed and dates back some 500 years. The surroundings are elegant, comfortable and encourage the enjoyment of world-class cocktails mixed by our highly qualified cocktail bartenders. They have selected four classic cocktails to tell the story of Plymouth Gin’s authentic, adventurous and sophisticated past, present and future - Gimlet, Pink Gin, Marguerite and The Pennant. Please note after 7pm on Friday and Saturday, it is only open to members.


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Stay at Future Inn Plymouth

Plymouth Gin is a 19-minute drive from Future Inn Plymouth.  Alternatively, it would take around 33-minutes on public transport or 25-minutes by bike.  It would take approximately 1 hour and 18 minutes to walk from the hotel.  

Future Inn Plymouth is an ideal base for the night offering various sized rooms including rooms that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or reservations.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk.

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal to fuel up as every day the team serve breakfast, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday.  A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. 

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