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The Lakes Distillery

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Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Cumbrian hills and mountains, The Lakes Distillery, the largest distillery in England, is set in an area of unimaginable beauty next to Bassenthwaite Lake. Overlooked by one of the Lakes’ highest peaks, Skiddaw...more
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| Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA13 9SJ, England
+44 17687 88850
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All reviews gin and vodka afternoon tea lakes distillery tasting session single malt tasting room interesting tour sunday lunch farm buildings main course distilling process high standard new venture pudding coffee and cake cakes great place to visit
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Reviewed yesterday

We were staying with friends for the weekend and they had booked a distillery tour which turned out to be excellent. Our tour guide was Simon G who was superb, he spoke very clearly and could be heard well by all (so often guides either...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Josephine E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Shop for gin and whisky ... take a distillery tour ... enjoy a snack or a meal in the cafe! Food great ... lovely environment! Loved the experience

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Annie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit when the Lake District weather is not at it’s best. Beautiful location on the edge of the River Derwent. Phil, our Tour Guide, was very informative and very good at answering all our questions. A visit to the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank christinekS6619BI
Reviewed 1 week ago

an informative tour by simon j ...full of facts about the history of the company, and the ingredients of the spirits produced...wouldn't say it was worth £12.50 each as the people who drove there couldn't have the free tasting at the end

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tommoCleveland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative tour ending with a tasting of whisky, gin and vodka. Ample free parking with a very nice licensed cafe serving good food on site, or just a coffee if you prefer

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank tilly1957
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a tour and our guide was Lorna, who was very informative and passionate about the company. I had limited knowledge of the distillery process and came away with a total understanding. The tasting at the end was very good and made a...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Carls240480
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of 4 and all enjoyed the tour very much. It was informative, well paced and the tasting at the end was great. Only addition that would be beneficial to other visitors is a proper tea room for snacks and a like....More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank S M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice buildings and renovation considering they were old farm buildings. Good little tour will be even better once the whisky is ready. very nice gin and vodka selection, I bought a few bottles in the shop, just a shame no whisky yet my boyfriend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank SunSeaSandRelax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour with my daughter and 2 grandchildren aged 6 and 8. Was very inclusive giving them a quiz sheet to encourage them to listen , with a prize at the end while us adults got to sample a gin, whisky and vodka....More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank SheilaScarborough_UK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

EVERYTHING is spot on. Great tour with Annabel. Video is really good. Everywhere is extremely well maintained. The staff are delightful. Bistro menu is fabulous. Food quality is extremely good. We had one issue which was resolved extremely satisfactorily. Offers on gin were great.... though...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fred A
28 November 2018|
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Response from elizabeth c | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, missed your question. Tours run from 10.00-6.00pm. Last one at 5pm. Phone to book. Can be busy. Check web site for Bistro opening times out of season.
12 October 2018|
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Response from tillylady | Reviewed this property |
Armathwaite Hotel is very close, I have never stayed there as we have a motor home but have heard good things about it
10 May 2018|
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Response from Digdap | Reviewed this property |
I can’t imagine so.