Bombay Sapphire gin tourist attraction to open in October

Bombay Sapphire gin tourist attraction to open in October

Bombay Sapphire gin tourist attraction to open in October

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

A LANDMARK tourist attraction, which has been under construction for more than two years, will finally open to the public in October – and it is expected to attract 100,000 visitors a year.

Bombay Sapphire has announced that it will open its doors on October 1, offering a range of behind-the-scenes experiences to showcase how the gin is made.

The company began work at the Laverstoke Mill site in 2012, with the aim of opening in September 2013.

Despite being behind schedule, Valerie Brass, global marketing director of Bombay Sapphire gin, said the facility will be “world class”.

She added: “This is a truly exciting time for Bombay Sapphire as we open our doors to the public worldwide and share our story with them for the first time.

“Our aim was to create a world-class distillery, built to mirror the fundamental principles of our brand – beauty, creation and integrity.”

The attraction, beside the River Test, has seen the restoration and renovation of a collection of 250-year-old buildings, which were historically used to print banknote paper for the Bank of England.

London designer Thomas Heatherwick, who designed the Olympic Flame for the London 2012 Games, was behind the restoration project, working as part of Heatherwick Studio.

Visitors will discover how the distinctive flavour of Bombay Sapphire is created and can explore the distillery using an interactive map, allowing visitors to mark their preferred aromas and flavours, so bartenders in the Mill Bar can recommend cocktails to suit each person’s taste.

Guests will discover how the unique vapour infusion process works in the Dakin Still House and can explore the 10 botanicals used to flavour the gin, which are nurtured in the glasshouse.

Bombay Sapphire worked in partnership with the Kew Innovation Unit, of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, to advise on planting, layout and design of the two intertwining glasshouses.

The two separate structures provide both a humid environment for spices that originate from the tropics as well as a dry temperate glasshouse for Mediterranean plants.

The team from Kew has also trained Laverstoke Mill’s on site horticulturalist Chris Cotterell to ensure that high standards are maintained all-year round.

There will also be the chance to learn about the history of both Laverstoke Mill and Bombay Sapphire in the Gallery and the Heritage room, which is housed in the former wheel room where the River Test used to drive the mill wheel.

Visitors will be able to browse the Gin Shop at the end of their visit before enjoying a complimentary cocktail in the Mill Bar, which runs parallel to the River Test, or on the terrace next to the river.

Along with the self-discovery experience option, Bombay Sapphire ‘Gin Experts’ will run daily interactive workshops with those who pre-book either the Ultimate Gin and Tonic Workshop or the Cocktail Master-class.

The 45-minute and one-hour sessions respectively will give visitors the chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of Bombay Sapphire gin, and be able to create their own signature drink.

A programme of scheduled events will be available to book throughout the year, including heritage workshops, botanical sessions and VIP experiences.

The distillery will also be available for private events. The self-discovery experience, which runs daily, will cost £15, the gin and tonic workshop £25, and the cocktail masterclass £35.

Advanced ticket bookings will be available from August 20 through the website distillery.bombaysapphire.com.

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6:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

CrossofLorraine says...

I am surprised the local MP is taking so long in claiming credit for this...
I am surprised the local MP is taking so long in claiming credit for this... CrossofLorraine
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8:54am Tue 22 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

CrossofLorraine wrote:
I am surprised the local MP is taking so long in claiming credit for this...
As far as I know the MP is very supportive. He has been mentioned in several reports relating to the Mill.
I suspect you wrote your comment under the belief that Laverstoke was part of the Basingstoke constituency. If you are going to post political comments get your facts right.
[quote][p][bold]CrossofLorraine[/bold] wrote: I am surprised the local MP is taking so long in claiming credit for this...[/p][/quote]As far as I know the MP is very supportive. He has been mentioned in several reports relating to the Mill. I suspect you wrote your comment under the belief that Laverstoke was part of the Basingstoke constituency. If you are going to post political comments get your facts right. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

CrossofLorraine says...

JJ38JJ wrote:
CrossofLorraine wrote:
I am surprised the local MP is taking so long in claiming credit for this...
As far as I know the MP is very supportive. He has been mentioned in several reports relating to the Mill.
I suspect you wrote your comment under the belief that Laverstoke was part of the Basingstoke constituency. If you are going to post political comments get your facts right.
Who appointed you arbiter for factual accuracy of comments made in the Gazette? I am perfectly aware who the MP is for North West Hampshire is. The inference was when did politicians of dubious moral fibre ever give a monkeys about something as trivial as a demarcation line when there was potential for political credit to be had, and we all know this woman needs that. So if my intended factual err caused any offence, then accept my apology in the same vein as Mr M delivered hers.
[quote][p][bold]JJ38JJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CrossofLorraine[/bold] wrote: I am surprised the local MP is taking so long in claiming credit for this...[/p][/quote]As far as I know the MP is very supportive. He has been mentioned in several reports relating to the Mill. I suspect you wrote your comment under the belief that Laverstoke was part of the Basingstoke constituency. If you are going to post political comments get your facts right.[/p][/quote]Who appointed you arbiter for factual accuracy of comments made in the Gazette? I am perfectly aware who the MP is for North West Hampshire is. The inference was when did politicians of dubious moral fibre ever give a monkeys about something as trivial as a demarcation line when there was potential for political credit to be had, and we all know this woman needs that. So if my intended factual err caused any offence, then accept my apology in the same vein as Mr M delivered hers. CrossofLorraine
  • Score: -7

3:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

Intended was it? Then why the "the" local MP? Apology accepted.
Intended was it? Then why the "the" local MP? Apology accepted. JJ38JJ
  • Score: 3

11:37am Wed 23 Jul 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

CrossofLorraine asks JJ38JJ, 'Who appointed you arbiter for factual accuracy of comments made in the Gazette?'
The answer is The Gazette. By giving us the opportunity to post comments it has allowed us to point out errors, not only in the article but also in any comments. It also allows us to express our disagreement with any views posted.
You will see from my earlier contributions that I am no fan of Maria Miller and believe she should go. But I do not think you should be twisting nearly every story you read into a dig at her - it is getting boring. Please keep your powder dry for now and then come out with all guns blazing when we get closer to the election. I am sure the impact will be much grester and have more effect. God knows we will need all the help we can get to unseat her. My biggest concern is that her vote will drop but nobody else will muster enough support to win - so we will end up with her as our MP voted in by a very small minority of the electorate.
CrossofLorraine asks JJ38JJ, 'Who appointed you arbiter for factual accuracy of comments made in the Gazette?' The answer is The Gazette. By giving us the opportunity to post comments it has allowed us to point out errors, not only in the article but also in any comments. It also allows us to express our disagreement with any views posted. You will see from my earlier contributions that I am no fan of Maria Miller and believe she should go. But I do not think you should be twisting nearly every story you read into a dig at her - it is getting boring. Please keep your powder dry for now and then come out with all guns blazing when we get closer to the election. I am sure the impact will be much grester and have more effect. God knows we will need all the help we can get to unseat her. My biggest concern is that her vote will drop but nobody else will muster enough support to win - so we will end up with her as our MP voted in by a very small minority of the electorate. Sam_Walker123456
  • Score: 8

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