Cumbrian hotel bar aims to be first in UK to stock exclusively British

Augill Castle bar

Augill Castle in Cumbria has launched The Great British Bar which serves nothing but British beverages from gin, vodka and liqueurs to brandy and rum.

The hotel’s bar focuses on spirits, liqueurs, beers, ciders and soft drinks created by artisanal, independent, family-owned businesses where it has been brewed, distilled or fermented in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland.

The line-up includes leading spirits brands such as Sipsmith, Adnams and Chase as well as Bedrock, The Lakes Distillery, Langtons, Standing Stones and Kin, which are all made in Cumbria.

Other gins include Dr J’s from Cambridge, Cotswolds Dry Gin, and Blackdown Gin from Sussex while vodkas include The English Spirit from Cambridgeshire. As well as Scottish whiskies, there are others from Cumbria and Penderyn in Wales.

It stocks Old Salt Rum – the only rum produced in the UK – as well as British brandies from Burrow Hill. Soft drinks and mixers are from Fever-Tree, Fentimans and Frobishers.

Augill Castle’s owners Simon and Wendy Bennett believe their new Great British Bar is the first of its kind in the UK. There are other hotels, restaurants and bars that stock a good representation of British drinks, but none that are exclusively British.

Augill Castle in the Eden Valley was built in a striking Gothic style in 1841 as a Victorian gentleman’s country residence and was taken over and restored by the Bennetts in 1997.

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