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The Lakes Distillery

Bassenthwaite Lake | Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA13 9SJ, England
+44 17687 88850
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Brilliant Concept & Renovation

I really enjoyed both the awesome renovation of what was an old farm and the tour. The aerial... read more

Reviewed yesterday
TheSnakebite
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Fun time

We did the distillery tour and had lunch at the bistro. The tour was quite well done and very... read more

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DomPaone
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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, our location has been an inspiration to many people over the years including the poets Wordsworth and Tennyson. We welcome visitors to learn about their spirits via their cutting edge distillery tours. Visitors will be taken on a tour through the ages, exploring the history of distilling, learning about what makes The Lakes Distillery’s products so special and unique, and of course having a sample of the spirits themselves! Whether you are looking for a souvenir from your visit or looking for an ideal gift, our distillery gift shop offers some exclusive Lakes Distillery products that are not available anywhere else, including a range of branded clothing and unique gift ideas. We also have the Bistro at the Distillery, our unique bistro and bar, which is ready to serve you a menu of honest, generous and flavoursome foods. Our team is passionate about what they do and where we are and we would be delighted to welcome you though out gates.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gin and vodka” (182 reviews)
“afternoon tea” (83 reviews)
“tasting session” (46 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Bassenthwaite Lake | Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA13 9SJ, England
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+44 17687 88850
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"gin and vodka"
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"afternoon tea"
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"tasting session"
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"single malt"
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"great tour"
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"sunday lunch"
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"informative tour"
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"main course"
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"farm buildings"
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"distilling process"
in 22 reviews
"lovely lunch"
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"high standard"
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"pudding"
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"coffee and cake"
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"cakes"
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"enjoyable visit"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really enjoyed both the awesome renovation of what was an old farm and the tour. The aerial video footage was brilliant as an introduction. The day we visited the temperatures were close to 30C which made things interesting during the tour as temperatures in...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the distillery tour and had lunch at the bistro. The tour was quite well done and very informative. Some beautiful mash tanks and fermentation vessels. The food at the bistro was also very good. The tasting was good and we enjoyed the whiskey....More

Thank DomPaone
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked the distillery tour and went round in a group of about 20 people. Very informative and good clear narration from our guide, Simon. At the end of the tour we enjoyed tastings of whiskey, gin and vodka and again these were very well...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We visited the distillery this week and found it to be a very worthwhile place to see. It’s in a beautiful setting and we enjoyed seeing how it looked when it was a farm. We had coffee and cake in the coffee shop which was...More

Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place to visit if you want to learn how gin is made, the tour is excellent and the guides very knowledgeable. There is a bistro area where you can have lunch. After the tour you can walk down to the river visiting the...More

1  Thank tnor5
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The resteraunt is outstanding and we will be back on our next weekend trip to the northern lakes. The building is impressive and best enjoyed from the courtyard with a g&t. I was not so impressed with the tour, but maybe high expectations having done...More

Thank Luke H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After coming very early doors and becoming a founder member my subsequent visits have not been a disappointment even as they get busier and more popular we always feel welcome. We even signed up for my wife to be a founder too so I could...More

1  Thank woody1rtw
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived early as we thought it was further. We were booked on the twelve o'clock tour but we got there just after ten o'clock and asked if we could get on to a early tour and the very helpful Lorna.H got use on the...More

1  Thank Tiverton2169
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lovely visit here, nice staff, very accommodating. Our guide, Sue, was very knowledgeable, and a very happy person, thanks Sue ! Fabulous gins, and a very smooth Vodka were sampled, and I’m told the whiskey was great too. Recommend a visit, and take the time...More

1  Thank Mark F
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited for birthday treat son and father did the distillery tour and taster said it was good and informative. We had the set meal in the distro afterwards. Two had the chicken, and one the pigeon as main meal, all exceptional and presentation very good....More

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Claire G
10 May 2018|
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Response from Digdap | Reviewed this property |
I can’t imagine so.
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Victoria G
10 September 2017|
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Response from Hanan R | Reviewed this property |
It may be too cumbersome to take the pram. There are stairs to climb and narrow passages to cross. Better use a baby carrier and leave the pram downstairs or in your car.
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KateMcK
23 July 2017|
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Response from margaret h | Reviewed this property |
You do not state how old the toddler is They have to be 6 or over as the child would be very bored but you could go and one stay with the child and the other one do the tour
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