Somerset Multi Award Winning Distillery
Our Story so Far
In late November 2019 I had a conversation with my dad that would change my life. We were sat in his restaurant (The Lazy Lobster Chew Magna) looking at his fantastic spirit collection. Wouldn't it be amazing to get involved in this UK boom of fantastic distilleries? I've visited distilleries before and love watching the process of bringing natural products to life using traditional methods. But is it something I could do? (I'm just an aircraft engineer) Is there room in the market for another UK distillery? (I'll let you be the judge of that) but after very little persuasion and a good chat with my wife I decided to take the plunge and put everything into giving it the best chance of success I could.
I did my homework, visited distilleries, met successful distillers and took their advice. I applied for licences, got licences, bought a baby 3L copper still (named her Grace), Painstakingly sourced my ingredients and started the journey of building a business from scratch with no previous experience.
After listening to the restaurants customers it was clear our mission was to go back to basics and create a classic, traditional gin with no gimmicks.
So I did. I created a gin in a traditional way, that is beautifully balanced, has my own twist and is absolutely ram packed with love.
We have since grown rapidly and now have our own Micro Distillery and Bar in Chew Magna.
There was only ever one place we would name our little company after and that is my childhood playground, CHEW VALLEY. I'm proud to be part of the community and even prouder to be representing our part of the world.
After just over 1 year since launching we have been awarded with a number of accolades.
World Gin Awards Best English Navy (Navy Strength
World Gin Awards Silver (London Dry Gin)
London Spirit Competition Silver (Navy Strength)
London Spirit Competition Bronze (London Dry)
The Gin Guide Awards 2021 New Distillery of the Year
The Gin Guide Awards winner London Dry and Navy Strength
Give us a go. Support us. Taste the Chew Valley Spirit.
Our Award winning Gin is produced with quality being our highest priority, we have taken time to source the best ingredients available.
All gins in our range start with a certified organic neutral grain spirit. This is produced in the UK to the highest standards using British grown grains.
We have some of the purest spring water available on our doorstep and use Cheddar spring water in production.
Our botanicals are sourced with sustainability in mind and we use as many organic products as possible.
We work with a local design company (Village Design) to create our incredible bottle design and a local printer (Vale Labels) to bring them to life.
Our bottles are manufactured in the UK and coincidentally is named the Brunel Bottle (Brunel is kind of a big deal in Bristol)
We make no compromise at any point of production.
All bottles are hand labelled and batch / bottle numbers are hand written.