Anno Distillers
Anno Distillers
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Anno Distillers, Kent’s first gin distillery in 200 years, run tours and experiences at our distillery, all year round, which can be purchased through our website. Since 2011, our founders have pursued their passion for craft spirits, which are lovingly distilled using traditional methods, but with a modern, scientific twist. During your visit, you'll meet our 300-litre copper-pot still, affectionately named ‘Patience’. Come and learn how we fuse science with nature to create the true spirit of alchemy. TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice winner 2020.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • James B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic session and excellent gin!
    Our blending experience had been a birthday gift that had been delayed a few times by Covid but was well worth the wait! We'd met Ian and his team in the past at the pop-up store and always enjoyed the Anno gins but it was fascinating to see where it's all made and to hear more about the history and distillation process. The blending process itself was great fun and really insightful to taste the botanical flavours individually and build up a picture of what would make an interesting gin to drink. We've both enjoyed our creations and will be going back for more! Ian and Sam were excellent hosts who were entertaining and helpful throughout. We'd highly recommend it. Many thanks!
    Hi James, thank you so much for your lovely feedback for our blending experience. Ian and Sam will be so pleased to hear you enjoyed your belated birthday gift! Thanks again and do come back soon.
    Written 6 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 6 March 2023
  • PrincessPond
    101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blending Experience
    Thoroughly recommend the blending experience, a fab activity to do with friends or in a couple. Just around the corner from the train station which is perfect as this is not something that you can do and drive home. Although, allow plenty of time to get back to the station, somehow it took us longer to walk back! Could have had something to do with the quantity of gin consumed. You leave with your unique, personalised bottle of gin, a tote bag and lots of treats. They can keep your recipe on file and re-order in the future. Book yourself in to the local Indian restaurant afterwards or pick up fish and chips, you will need some food.
    Thank you so much for your lovely review and advice for future visitors! We hope you enjoy your bespoke bottle of gin and let us know if you'd like to order another bottle!
    Written 13 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Sue M
    Ashford, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Anno Gin Tour
    Had a great time with Ian, Sam and Fiona. Very informative talk by Ian about how Anno started up and about how gin is made. Had a really good tasting experience with 5 different gins and a really tasty Elderflower vodka, I wouldn’t normally drink Vodka but it was really good. Ian also told us what mixer to use with each gin and the different extras to add. Had a few nibbles, crackers and crisps etc which were definitely needed. Says it takes two hours, we were there for 3 1/2. Had a great time and would definitely recommend a tour.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review, we really do appreciate it. Thanks also for the recommendation and hope to see you again soon!
    Written 6 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Geraldine
    Staplehurst, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Gin Tasting Experience
    Wasn't sure what to expect, however the experience was excellent! Ian and Sam made us feel very welcome. We were given the history on how gin making came about and why it is now popular. The gin tasting session was brilliant, packed with so much information and knowledge. You do not have to be a gin connoisseur to appreciate the tour as it's aimed at all levels. All in all, we have learned quite a lot and thank the whole team for their efforts!
    We will pass on your thanks and are grateful for you taking the time to leave such a generous review. Thanks so much and see you soon for another tipple!
    Written 6 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Claire Wise
    West Malling, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely fun, informative, interesting and the drinks are absolutely delicious!!!
    Extremely fun, informative, interesting and the drinks are absolutely delicious!!! Lovely to receive a classic g&t on arrival and learn a bit more about the history of gin and Anno. Ian and Sam were absolutely fantastic!! Honestly, they (and of course the drinks!) made the day. It was great to learn how to properly “taste” the spirit, learn how to pair and sample so many different flavours!! Thank you Ian and Sam PS - don’t discontinue the vodka!! :O it’s going to be a staple ingredient for our Prosecco cocktails!! Best wishes Claire 1, Claire 2, James and Ian See you for the blending experience!
    Hi Claire, Ian and Sam will be thrilled that you had such a great time! We will pass on your kind words. Thank you so much for your review and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon at your Blending Experience with us!
    Written 6 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Nick M
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    'Gintastic'
    The history of gin making was really good. Never knew how gin came to be such a popular drink. The gin tasting was fantastic. Now taking up blending and identifying quality gins (and avoiding the rubbish).
    Hi Nick, we are glad to hear you are avoiding the rubbish! Thank you so much for your kind words, we will pass them on to the team and hope to see you at the distillery again soon.
    Written 6 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Sarah C
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marden Gin Gem 💎 ✨️
    Anno is a wonderful experience. I've now visited 4 times and I always get something new from it. Yesterday's gin tour and tasting was hosted by Ian and Sam which was wonderful. So very knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. We had a wonderful few hours enjoying 5 incredible gins and a vodka. So very easy to get to from the station too so everyone can enjoy the experience and nobody has to drive. Thank you for another incredible tour.
    Hi Sarah, thank you for being so loyal to us! We really appreciate your support and kind review, which we will pass on to the rest of the team. See you again soon!
    Written 6 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 April 2023
  • SazMic71
    London, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcoming and friendly hosts and a fabulous experience
    We had a fabulous time on Saturday at the tour and tasting experience. So welcoming and informative. We tasted gin, vodka and whisky in a fun, relaxed environment. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone and we will be back!
    Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your review and for recommending us, we really appreciate you supporting our distillery. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
    Written 13 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • David F
    Hailsham, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent afternoon at Anno!
    An excellent experience: highly recommended! After a tour of the distillery (with a generous G&T in hand) we were ushered into the gin-creating laboratory where our host talked us through the many flavours available. We then tried each, making notes as we went. Then the magical alchemy of creation began. One can build up one's blend flavour by flavour to assess the impact of each until the ideal is achieved, at which point it can be tested with tonic, ice etc. I was delighted with my blend, and so were the friends I later tried it out on. Anno will keep your recipe, so they can recreate it for you. I am about to order more bottles. If you like gin you will love this experience!
    Hi David, thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a generous review, we are so glad you and your friends enjoyed the blend you created. Hope to see you again soon!
    Written 17 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Leon D
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Anno Gin Distillery Tour
    We attended the gin tasting tour on a Saturday afternoon. We heard about the history of gin and how it is distilled (as well as a bit of information about rum making) but the best part was definitely the tasting. All staff were informative, fun and helpful. We were guided through the tasting and given different mixers and accompaniments to try. Lots of nibbles also provided. There was no pressure to buy anything. It was a really fun afternoon although we needed to sleep when we got home.
    Thank you so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your Tour and Tasting experience. Ian and Sam will be so pleased to hear you had a great time. See you again soon!
    Written 2 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
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Debbie S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We have been to several distillers in the UK, this became part of how we chose where to go when lockdown restrictions lifted. We fell in love with rum when on holiday in the Caribbean and wanted to then support local businesses.
ANNO exceeded all expectations that we had and some. Have not found anywhere that can even compare. You receive a warm welcome along with your first cocktail. After a briefing on the history of rum and the company, you are then taken upstairs to make 4 more cocktails. You are guided through the process and encouraged to make them to your own taste. You are not rushed. It’s well paced out. If you are well behaved you get some free tasters too! You then are given a discount off the larger bottles and there is a shop downstairs. The place is spotlessly clean and you are looked after throughout.

Some things to note:
Don’t drive there! These drinks are too good to not try! The railway station is a 7 minute walk.
After a few cocktails the stairs seem steeper coming down than going up! There are handrails but I’d wear flat shoes next time.
There are toilets.
It is warmer upstairs, for the talk it was a little cooler downstairs.

Cannot recommend this place highly enough! So lucky it’s fairly close to us. We will definitely be booking this again!
Written 3 March 2024
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Hi Debbie, thank you so much for such a generous review and your support for our business! We really appreciate the time you've taken to recommend us and hope to see you again soon!
Written 4 March 2024
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Oliver W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fantastic afternoon at the distillery tour and tasting. A really informative and fun event that I would highly recommend.
Written 25 February 2024
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Hi Oliver, thank you so much for letting us know how you got on at our Tour and Tasting. We are so pleased you had a good time, and hope to welcome you back again soon!
Written 28 February 2024
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Debbie
Herne Bay, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What a fantastic experience! We took two family members, who enjoy a rum, for the tour and cocktail making class as a birthday treat. As we've sampled Anno products at a food festival in the past we thought this would be good but, wow, if we could rate them 10 stars we would!
From the warm welcome, even though we were very early, the very informative chat about the distillery process and then the amazing cocktail making with copious rum samples to try and in such a fun and friendly atmosphere, the whole experience was a joy from start to finish! We've already decided on the gin making experience for another family birthday. An experience not to be missed!
Written 18 February 2024
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Wow, what a wonderful generous review! We are so happy that you had such a great time and will feed that back to Andy and Fiona. We look forward to welcoming you back again for the Blending Experience! Thanks so much for your support, we really appreciate it.
Written 19 February 2024
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Nat D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The gin making experience was great, Ian and the lovely lady (sorry, we're awful at remembering names!) we had made it a brilliant evening, although I wouldn't recommend driving there!
Written 4 February 2024
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Hi Nat, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us, we really appreciate your support, and hope you come back and visit us again soon!
Written 8 February 2024
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Clare D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I visited the distillery with my fiance and my brother, who got us their rum tour and cocktail masterclass, as a gift for Christmas. And I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. The hosts were amazing, good fun and so knowledgeable and they made it a real memorable experience. All I can say is thank you to them for a really fun night! We even bought 3 bottles at the end. I would recommend this to anyone who’s thinking of going. One word of advice if you do go - do NOT drive! There’s plenty of alcohol so get the train which is a 5 minute walk. All round perfect evening!!!
Written 28 January 2024
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Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review for us! We really appreciate your support and are so glad you had a great time. Hopefully we will see you back at the distillery again soon!
Written 29 January 2024
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Amy R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Staff were friendly and welcoming, and the tasting session was done with ease. Thoroughly enjoyable and would highly recommend to anyone who loves rum!
Written 27 January 2024
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Hi Amy, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your lovely feedback. Glad you liked the experience and very much appreciate the recommendation!
Written 29 January 2024
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James R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing so much fun and a really good giggle amazing rum and friendly staff who made it really relaxing and chilled experience
Written 27 January 2024
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We are so glad you had a good time and enjoyed our rums! We will pass on your feedback to our staff, and hope to see you again soon.
Written 29 January 2024
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Sara P
Tonbridge, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Blending experience was fascinating and fun. Ian and Fiona were excellent, attentive hosts who explained the gin making and blending process before giving us free rein to blend our own bottle of gin to take home. What a great evening!
Written 27 January 2024
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Ian and Fiona will be so pleased that you had fun, we will let them know! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We hope to see you soon!
Written 29 January 2024
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Claire H
Boughton Lees, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
What a brilliant evening. Can thoroughly recommend the gin blending experience. We were a group of 8 friends and we laughed so much. A brilliant mixture of learning, doing and fun. Even as a non drinker, I wasn't sure how much I would be able to take part but I was fully immersed and everyone making their own blend and bringing it home really is special. Ian and Fiona were brilliant hosts, so informative and helpful, yet totally empowered you to do your own thing.
100% recommend.
Written 27 January 2024
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Thank you Claire, we so appreciate your support and kindness in writing us such a lovely, thoughtful review. We do hope to see you back at the distillery again soon!
Written 29 January 2024
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Sam P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I would thoroughly recommend this. A group of eight of us went and had a great time. I never thought I’d learn how to make Gin and then produce my own blend with personalised label! Ian and Fiona did a brilliant job as our teachers for the evening.
Written 26 January 2024
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Thank you so much, Ian and Fiona will be so pleased that you had such a great time! Please do come and visit us again soon.
Written 29 January 2024
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