Cheers to Garden Gin!

Luxury property, Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate situated in the picturesque Essex countryside has announced the launch of its own bespoke Down Hall Garden Gin, in partnership with local and sustainable distillery, Essex Spirits Co.Infused with delightful citrus and floral notes, the carefully crafted spirit is a local take on classic London dry-style gin and has been delicately blended with five different botanicals, foraged from the hotel’s impressive kitchen garden and across the 110-acres of grounds that surround the property. Hedge trimmed bay leaves, wild mint, homegrown lemon verbena, handpicked rosemary and nasturtium leaves all come together with timeless juniper berries, coriander seeds and Angelica root to create a lasting flavour and an intensely smooth modern gin.

Bottle of Garden Gin

Essex Spirits Co. is Chelmsford's first operating distillery which was born in lockdown and opened in 2020. They have a zero-waste sustainability ethos and use cutting-edge modern distillation methods to get the most out of the ingredients. Down Hall's decision to partner with them reflects the hotel's eco-friendly reputation and its commitment to ensuring that sustainability and locality is at the heart of its operations.

The distillation process uses vacuum pot stills meaning it takes places at a lower temperature (20-40°C) in comparison to traditional methods which are around 80°C. Not only does this use 50-75% less energy than traditional distillation, but also the lower temperatures are softer on the ingredients to preserve and maintain the delicate citrus and floral flavours.

Down Hall Garden Gin (40% ABV) will be available to try at the hotel's Fox Bar, Terrace and Garden Room Restaurant and to purchase by the bottle (£45). To celebrate the partnership, Down Hall will host an exclusive bottomless 'Down Hall G&Tea' experience in its newly opened restaurant, The Potting Shed on Sunday 15th October at 3pm, which will include a bottomless buffet filled with afternoon tea favourites and unlimited Down Hall G&Tea or Gin Cocktail for 90 minutes. There will also be a complimentary Down Hall Gin Cocktail for all afternoon tea guests dining from Monday 9th – Friday 13th October and for guests staying overnight on the Friday 13th, a complimentary 70cl bottle of Down Hall Garden Gin will be gifted to celebrate (applies to Feature Bedrooms and above).

Linden Beattie, General Manager at Down Hall Hotel, comments: "We are always looking at how we can further utilise our 110-acre estate, whilst finding ways to be more sustainable along the way. Partnering with Essex Spirits Company has provided the perfect opportunity to do just this, and we are thrilled to be launching our first ever Down Hall Garden Gin. It's created from botanicals that are grown and foraged within our grounds and provides our guests with a real flavour of the estate."

Zane Chiswell-Rivas, Founder of Essex Spirits Company, said: "I have always been hugely passionate about people, produce and businesses of Essex - the county itself has some world-famous producers, breweries and vineyards and we are proud to have our distillery here. It provides us with great pleasure to partner with first class local hospitality venues such as Down Hall, achieving our goal of producing quality, local and sustainable spirits perfectly"

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