In late November 2019 I had a conversation with my dad that would change our lives. 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? Is there room in the market for another uk distillery? (I'll let you be the judge of that) but eventually we both decided to take the plunge and put everything into giving it the best chance of success we could. We did our homework, visited distilleries, met successful distillers and took their advice, applied for licences, got licences, bought a baby 3L copper still (named her Grace), sourced our ingredients and started the journey.
After plenty of wrong turns we did it.
We created a gin that is beautifully balanced, has our own twist and is absolutely ram packed with love.
We have since grown rapidly and now have our own fully licenced Micro Distillery in Chew Magna and in late July we installed our 150L copper pot still (Louise)
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.
We have a long way to go but we are hooked, we love doing what we are doing and meeting the people we meet along the way.
Give us a go. Support us. Taste the Chew Valley Spirit.