World Gin Day is in June, so what better excuse could there be to put together a simple list (in alphabetical order) of Devon gin distilleries for you to be able to support a local businesses when purchasing your next gin, on World Gin Day, or any other day for that matter.
Many of the businesses below are award winning and family owned and can be purchased at local shops, farm shops and even some major retailers. Otherwise you can of course buy direct online or pop along and purchase from their distillery, maybe even get involved and make your own gin too where possible!
For those who prefer alcohol-free versions, check out Salcombe and Sea Arch!
Click on their name to head to their website and if we find any new Devon gins, we’ll update the list.
Based in North Devon, and passionate about their coastline, they currently have a range of 6 gins made using locally sourced ingredients including sea-inspired ingredients such as samphire and laver seaweed.
A small batch, hand crafted Gin conceived and formulated on Plymouth’s historic Barbican. They have a bar which is located within their ground floor shop, where they stock many other gins too. On the first floor is their relaxed chill out room, or if the weather is good why not enjoy your G&T in their secluded Gin Garden with our cosy heated booths. They also run 2 hour gin masterclasses.
Based in Brixham, you can pop into their distillery shop at The Old Sail Loft.
Based in Exmouth, they have a smooth small batch craft gin plus their Black Naval gin too.
Based in Dartmouth, and on site and by the same owners of Calancombe Wines (as featured in our Devon Vineyard Map & Directory), they have an English and also Navy Strength gin.
Based in Exeter, their range includes a fabulous gin plus a Naval gin, as well as innovative gin pouches by post. They have recently build their beautiful Exeter Gin School – yet to open thanks to the big C word! They also own Granny Garbutts Gin.
Based in Exmoor, this distillery is actually Somerset but within tasting distance of the border so we thought we’d still include them. They produce Northmoor gin as well as a navy strength version.
Based in Exeter, owned by Exeter Gin, “this refined small batch gin combines fourteen botanicals making it both elegant and well balanced, in keeping with Granny Garbutt’s moorland roots. Some moorland botanicals are foraged locally including heather and gorse flower. A traditional gin made the old fashioned way.”
Based in North Devon – “On our bottle you will find Daisy, one of our lovely Gotland Sheep. Daisy was one of our first Gotlands and inspired us to make our gin here on the farm. Visitors can visit Gotland Gin in Highampton, Devon and try a Daisy Martini in our outside bar overlooking the beautiful Devon countryside and our Gotland flock.
All of our gin cocktails are named after our sheep and include a Ziggy Negroni, Perry 75, Daphne Damson Gin Champagne and a Blush Spritzer to name a few.”
They have 3 options for gin experiences at really reasonable prices, including private hire of their gin bar for a bubble of 6 people for only £50 including a drink each!
Based in East Devon, near Axminster, Lyme bay produce many spirits and wines. Their gin collection includes a dry gin, as well as flavours such as elderflower and cucumber or orange and thyme. They have a fab shop open to the that is full to the brim
Based on Dartmoor, they’ve just been awarded a Gold for their new gin Carabus. Carabus (Special Edition collaboration with TV presenter Nick Baker) is distilled with woodland botanicals of hawthorn and rowan berries, wood sorrel and hazelnuts. Named Carabus in celebration of the Dartmoor woodland-dwelling rare Blue Ground Beetle (Carabus intricatus), with £2 from every bottle donated to Buglife. They also have their original Papillon Dartmoor (London Dry) gin and a navy strength gin too.
Based in Plymouth, and dating back to the late 1700’s, Plymouth gin is based in an historic building dating back to the 1400s. They do excellent distillery tours too! They have their standard gin, a navy strength version but also a sloe gin and fruit cup.
Based in Salcombe, this brand has really found their place in the local and luxury market, developing special editions with celebrity chefs including Michael Caines, Monica Galetti, and Paul Ainsworth. You can visit their shop, bar and distillery too! They;ve recently launched their ‘1% for the ocean’ sustainability campaign, donating 1% of all bottle sales from Start Point and Rosé Sainte Marie to Marine Conservation Society. They also have an alcohol-free gin called New London Light.
Based in Torquay, Sea Arch is “bursting with seaside botanicals and as uplifting as a walk on the beach, Sea Arch is a delicious and refreshing non-alcoholic gin alternative. It really is more beautiful without. With purity of flavour and served with a real sense of occasion Sea Arch captures the true alcohol-free spirit of the Devon coast.” They have their Coastal Gin in a bottle plus some great gin-in-a-tin options, and their products are calorie and sugar free too!
Based in Sidmouth, they offer some interesting flavoured gins including honey and orange, and pink gooseberry.
Based in Teignmouth, they produce award winning drinks including a Devon dry Thunderflower in, a navy strength Fireship58 gin, Elderbay Blush gin and a ready mixed Negroni.
Their website states: “An old Devon legend says that the tiny white ‘thunder flowers’ that sometimes grow on the thatched cottage roofs and ancient Dartmoor landscape can ward off both lightning and witchcraft – both handy qualities for any gin we’re sure you’ll agree. Thunderflower Gins are award-winning, small-batch, contemporary craft gins made in the London Dry method with botanical flavours extracted by vapour infusion. Only Dartmoor spring water is added to the final spirit.”
Based on Exmoor in North Devon and using Exmoor botanicals, they have a range of 6 gins including Full Moon which contains mango and peppercorn and even a gin made using Exmoor Ale.