Dorset cocktail bar to expand threefold with new premises

Aidan Brinkhurst and Kate Compston The Gin House

Dorset cocktail bar The Gin House is relocating to bigger premises in Wimborne, allowing it to expand its list to 200 different gins.

After opening over two years ago in West Borough in Wimborne, it is due to open in a new site in Church Street in May, expanding threefold to 120 covers.

With an expanded drinks list, it will have a bar team of six, three of whom will be full-time, working under the guidance of award-winning bar manager Aidan Brinkhurst. The team will serve everything from cocktails with Dorset ingredients to “eccentric and unusual” sipping gins

Owners Kate and Gordon Compston are retaining The Gin House’s popular Prohibition theme in the spacious Grade II-listed building which is seeing a substantial investment in repairs and fit-out.

There will be different areas, offering a relaxed and cosy atmosphere with comfortable, chilled-out nooks and table service, and a new bespoke handmade bar constructed by locally based craftsmen.

Kate said: “We feel very much a part of the community, and we have expanded due to popular demand, thanks to our loyal customer base.

“At The Gin House we welcome everyday drinkers as well as visitors. Our new bar is a great place for anyone who is new to gin as well as those spirited types who really know their gins and want to try something new.”

The new food menu will feature high-quality seasonal, local produce. They are introducing tasting experience events and a chance to book areas for special occasions and are planning packages for team building, private events and parties, and cocktail competitions in the future.

As well as gins, they will be serving a range of spirits alongside wines and craft beers, drawing on Gordon and Kate’s expertise running Wimborne’s independent real ale bar The Taphouse.

Kate added: “We remain committed to investment in Wimborne as we grow our business and are thrilled to have found a heritage property as wonderful as this one.”

Pictured: Kate Compston and Aidan Brinkhurst next to the new premises in Church Street.

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