GIN-LOVERS will once again be able to enjoy a tipple at a famous north Hampshire distillery when it reopens to the public later this month.

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery has announced it will be offering distillery experiences to the general public as of Monday, July 20, with adapted health and safety measures in place in line with the current situation in the UK.

Visitors will be able to enjoy gin cocktail masterclasses as well as guided tours, which will now be operating at a reduced capacity.

Facilities including the museum, bar and gift-shop areas have been carefully adapted with the addition of Perspex screens at till points, reduced door touchpoints and hand sanitisation stations throughout.

Temperature checks will be conducted on arrival and facemasks will be provided and must be worn at all times when exploring the distilleries to help promote the safety of both staff and visitors alike.

A video explaining the new social distancing and safety measures in place at both distilleries can be found on the distillery’s website.

Anne Brock, master distiller at the site, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be reopening the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill to the public.

“The health and safety of our visitors and staff are always our number one priority so we’ve been stringent about introducing new measures and procedures throughout the site to promote this. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the distillery and allowing people to discover more about our iconic gin in this idyllic Hampshire setting, right where we make every drop.”

Bombay Sapphire is the world’s number one premium gin by value and volume.

The distillery, based in Laverstoke Mill, near Whitchurch, offers visitors the chance to enjoy gin cocktail masterclasses and tours of the 300-year-old paper mill in which it is housed.

Visitors are asked to book in advance to avoid disappointment as tours and tastings are running at reduced capacity.

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