The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite: Hours, Address, The Lakes Distillery Reviews: 4.5/5

The Lakes Distillery
4.5
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The Lakes Distillery, established in 2011, nestles on the north shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. Our majestic surroundings near Keswick inspire our artistic ethos and our ranges of fine whiskies, gins and vodka. Visitors enjoy tours of our state-of-the-art distillery and tastings of our award-winning spirits. Our distillery store is fully stocked with our entire product ranges as well as giftware from other local makers. Informal dining and beverages are available too at The Bistro at The Distillery, showcasing locally sourced ingredients and products. Our warm welcome in a scenic setting extends from a quick coffee with homemade cake to a leisurely lunch, afternoon tea or a delicious three-course supper.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Josh
Manchester, UK53 contributions
Gin & Food - What more would you want
Apr 2021 • Friends
Booked in for a table in the courtyard, we arrived 30 mins early and despite them being quite busy they managed to squeeze us in early which was great.

We initially only went for a drink and a look around the shop but ended up staying for some food as well it looked so good.

Drinks consisted of Gin seems as though it’s a distillery so we thought they was a must try, fantastic gin, bought some from the shop on the way out they was that good.

We just had a small meal of Spring Vegetable soup, some fries and a kiwi sorbet.
The soup was so flavourful and packed with vegetables, it came with a slice of bloomer bread and butter which was also fantastic.

The fries and kiwi sorbet were lovely as well.

Will definitely return for more food & drinks but also a tour too!
Written May 7, 2021
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DrinkAllTheBeer
Oxford, UK165 contributions
Excellent tour, fiery whisky
Oct 2020
We took the tour as a pair of couples in mid October, and had a great time.

The tour was well run, informative, and interesting. The tour guide was knowledgeable and was able to field questions from both whisky lovers and those who know very little about the process.

The tasting afterwards was good fun, although a few of the tasting options were too similar due to the low age. Once the distillery has been around longer, I'm sure the selection for tasting will grow and diversify.
Written March 1, 2021
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donKorat
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand212 contributions
Very interesting
Dec 2020 • Couples
My wife and i booked a tour there.it was very intresting and they shown you how the whisky gin and vodka was made.they explained everything.at the end you could taste the whisky gin and vodka.there is a nice shop there that sells it all.it also has bistro where you can eat and drink.we both enjoyed it
Written December 25, 2020
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Anick
London, UK10 contributions
Emotionally invested in this wonderful space!
Dec 2020 • Couples
Had such a brilliant time on a Whiskey and Chocolate pairing tour by Sonia. We rocked up after a long day in the rain and walks, we had asked if anything was running but we’re not hopeful considering it’s a pandemic and we hadn’t booked.

Safe arrangements were made by the team to take us on a tour. I’ve never liked whiskey before but love the gin by the Lakes Distillery. After the trip, I know so much more about their vision and managed to develop a taste for whiskey, although I won’t have it without chocolate!
Written December 22, 2020
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Mark R
1 contribution
Fantastic place for a tour and food
Nov 2020
Fantastic place for a tour and food (10.30 tour on 03/11/2020) of the whiskey (gin & vodka) distillery, our tour guide was amazing, very knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining. He went out his way to answer all questions and make this a worthwhile and very interesting tour. Also ate at the Bistro, wonderful staff and very tasty food. We will be calling again.
Written November 3, 2020
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Christina GX
2 contributions
Worth it
Oct 2020
The tour was excellent. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable - took us through the process of whiskey making (with tastings at the end). Very good value for money.
Written October 29, 2020
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Kevin B
Mattishall, UK87 contributions
pleasant visit
Oct 2020
A very nice welcome outside (COVID reasons) and inside the bistro. Tour (with tastings) was interesting. Enjoyed the food in the bistro too. It is not cheap so don't go if you are expecting cheap food etc
Written October 29, 2020
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Lollie246
Cumbria72 contributions
Fantastic Tour, Food and Service
Oct 2020 • Family
We completed the tour and then had lunch in the bistro for my mother’s birthday. The tour was different and a nice atmosphere. The food and service were fantastic. We both really enjoyed it and the voucher from the tour is a lovely touch. We would go again and would recommend to people as it is interesting and beautiful. They has a lot of COVID protocols in place and it was very clean.
Written October 29, 2020
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Francine Hall
Aylesbury Vale, UK28 contributions
Distillery tour and Bistro
Oct 2020
There are 2 tours you can do we chose the shorter tour which explained how the Whiskey, Gin and Vodka was produced, very informative and interesting. Enjoyed the spirit tastings after. They also accepted our manual booking over the phone as we had no email that we could access.
Bistro was booked for after the tour, food was tasty although maybe a little pricy but no complaints from our table.
The whole distillery is very modern and you can tell alot of money has been injected into this company. Social distancing was all in place and everyone has space on the tours and at the tables in the bistro.
You can even go and view the Alpaca's.
Written October 25, 2020
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Gloria C
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
terrible customer service
Oct 2020
I rang the distillery spoke to a lady i think "Amanda" and asked if we should book a tour as we were going one day the following week, we were told NO.. NO need to book, come along and enjoy.. Travelled from Gateshead/Newcastle arrived looking forward to the tour, then we were told full that day??? Shocking waste of peoples time and money SHAME ON YOU
Written October 22, 2020
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