Leading restaurant group launches its own brand of gin

Bill's Gin

The team at Bill’s Restaurants have created their own brand of gin, available exclusively at their sites across the UK.

Introduced this month, Bill’s Gin is a classic London Dry Gin, made with handpicked botanicals and fresh citrus notes in collaboration with the renowned Langley Distillery near Birmingham.

Its botanicals include coriander, cardamom, angelica root, grapefruit peel and cubeb berries to give it a smooth texture with a punchy juniper flavour and lingering spicy finish. It is recommended for a simple G&T or mixed with Bill’s Elderflower Pressé for a refreshing summertime drink.

The idea for a Bill’s Gin came about as a result of former greengrocer and Bill’s founder, Bill Collison, having an interest in botanical ingredients. “My roots as a greengrocer mean I’ve always had an interest in botanicals and so I’m really excited about launching our very own gin,” he explained.

Illustrator Tobias Hall was commissioned to design a label for the bottle, with a design inspired by British heritage and the gin’s premium quality.

It is the house gin served in the restaurants in a range of summer-inspired cocktails, such as English Country Garden and The Bee’s Knees – part of a partnership with Kew Gardens’ The Hive installation inspired by the protection of bees.

Bill’s Gin is also available to buy in the restaurants from early June and online at bills-shop.co.uk, with a recommended retail price of £29.95.

Bill’s was founded as a fresh produce shop and café in Lewes, East Sussex by Bill in 2000 and has now grown to more than 70 restaurants across the UK. It specialises in serving British classic dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. It has a large selection of gourmet Bill’s branded products that have evolved from its original range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bill’s Elderflower Cocktail
50ml Bill’s Gin
150ml Bill’s Elderflower Pressé
1 whole lime
Sprig of fresh mint
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour the Bill’s Gin into the glass, top with the Elderflower Pressé. Garnish with a slice of lime and sprig of fresh mint.

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