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Manchester Gin to open new distillery

Manchester Gin will open a city centre distillery in the heart of Manchester in 2019.

Based on Watson Street, the distillery will sit directly underneath Manchester Central, the city’s iconic conference and events venue. The team will be renovating six of the grade II star listed railway archways.

The team are working with Manchester-based Up North Architects. Set to become a true ‘Spirit of Manchester’ distillery, the interior design concepts will take their cues from Manchester Gin’s rich Mancunian heritage, their core brand values and the unique inspirations behind their gin.

To open up the space three of the six arches will have floor to ceiling glass windows allowing passers-by to see into the working distillery.

Seb Heeley, co-founder of Manchester Gin, says: “It’s been an ambition of ours, since we started in our dining room, to give people the ability to come and meet us and see how we make our beautiful gins in person. The arches under Manchester Central will be the perfect mix of the old industrial heritage of Manchester with a contemporary look synonymous withour brand.”

The distillery will also play host to a wealth of other activations to ensure that customers can experience the breadth of the home of Manchester Gin. In front of ‘Wonder Wend’ there will be a space for people to enjoy a variety of gin experiences including tutorials, talks, masterclasses and the opportunity to create your own gin.

Plans for the distillery also include a bar and restaurant – two spaces where customers can taste Manchester Gin and an array of other creative and distinguished cocktails. Keeping in line with their ethos, the restaurant and bar will aim to champion produce from local artisanal producers wherever possible.

Subject to planning approval the venue will launch in the summer and the new home of Manchester Gin will be 5,300 square feet. The move to this bigger location will allow them to start creating gin in a new 1,000 litre still – dubbed ‘Wonder Wend’ (inspired by their original 60litre still which made the first runs in their dining room).

Shaun Hinds, chief executive of Manchester Central, says, “Since joining the business 18 months ago, I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to activate our arches and reinvigorate this part of the venue. In getting to know Seb and Jen from Manchester Gin, I have been impressed with their vision for their business which in many ways matches the ambition of Manchester Central and the city as a whole. As an iconic feature of the city ourselves, I knew early on that this development would create a unique destination within the realm of ourvenue for both Manchester residents and visitors alike. We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter for this tremendous local business.”


7 January 2019 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, editor


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