Gin with a slice of yachty Salcombe
A velvet smooth blend of thirteen carefully selected botanicals, hand distilled with the finest English wheat spirit and blended with pure Dartmoor water; anyone else suddenly feeling rather thirsty?
Salcombe Distilling Company is the brainchild of Salcombe sailors Angus Lugsdin and Howard Davies who – over a G&T at their local – recognised an increased demand for the botanical bevvy and set about constructing a purpose built distillery to produce gins of exceptional quality and character. In homage to their sailing spirit, it’s one of the only distilleries in the world directly accessible by boat.
Launched in 2016, Salcombe’s Start Point is widely considered one of the finest gins in the world, exceptionally smooth as a G&T or in a classic martini with a twist of red grapefruit peel. Its horde of awards includes 3 stars at the Great Taste Awards 2017 and Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Lovingly distilled using the old school one-shot method on ‘Provident’ – a 450 litre copper still – in hand numbered batches, each bottle meets the London Dry standard, although Angus and co. say, ‘We like to think of it as “Devon Dry”, very similar to London Dry with the addition of sunshine’.
For those looking to dabble in distillation, concoct your own gin recipe (or reproduce a classic) at Salcombe’s gin school, all under the expert eye of master distillers. The magic happens on one of ten beautiful mini copper stills and is accompanied with a few Salcombe and tonics – for research purposes only, of course.
The Boathouse, 28 Island Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8DP
Owners: Angus Lugsdin and Howard Davies
- Disabled access
Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Call ahead for seasonal changes
Ditch the classic G&T in favour of something more adventurous: serve your Salcombe Gin straight from the freezer with fresh sushi for a more daring pairing.