The Dirty Habit

The Dirty Habit, Hollingbourne, ME17 1UW

The Farm House

The Farm House, West Malling, ME19 6NA

The Great House

The Great House, Hawkhurst, TN18 5EJ

The Gun

The Gun, Chiddingly, TN21 0JU

The Herbalist

The Herbalist, Maidstone, ME14 1JF

The Pig & Sty

The Pig & Sty, Ashford, Bethersden, TN26 3LF

The Poacher & Partridge

Poacher & Partridge, Tudeley, TN11 0PH

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed, Langley, ME17 3LZ

The Vineyard

The Vineyard, Lamberhurst, TN3 8EU

The Pheasant Plucker

The Pheasant Plucker, Sevenoaks TN14 6BU

The Lazy Fox

The Lazy Fox, Crowborough TN6 3NP

The Dirty Habit

The Dirty Habit, Hollingbourne, ME17 1UW

The Farm House

The Farm House, West Malling, ME19 6NA

The Great House

The Great House, Hawkhurst, TN18 5EJ

The Gun

The Gun, Chiddingly, TN21 0JU

The Herbalist

The Herbalist, Maidstone, ME14 1JF

The Pig & Sty

The Pig & Sty, Ashford, Bethersden, TN26 3LF

The Poacher & Partridge

Poacher & Partridge, Tudeley, TN11 0PH

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed, Langley, ME17 3LZ

The Vineyard

The Vineyard, Lamberhurst, TN3 8EU

The Pheasant Plucker

The Pheasant Plucker, Sevenoaks TN14 6BU

The Lazy Fox

The Lazy Fox, Crowborough TN6 3NP

The Cow Shed

The Cow Shed, West Malling, ME19 6NA

Junipers

Junipers, Maidstone, ME14 1JF

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Supplier spotlight: Maidstone Distillery

Posted by the Elite team. 23rd June 2021

This May, we introduced a new supplier to The Herbalist, bringing a selection of locally distilled gins to our Maidstone bar and restaurant. Located just 200 yards away, Maidstone Distillery is home to a 450-litre bespoke still, where spirits are crafted and distilled until they are polished and bold enough to be bottled and hand-finished.

Maidstone Distillery

Despite being a fairly new addition to the town, Maidstone Distillery’s roots are built on a rich heritage of spirit making in the town.

Heading back to the 18th Century, George Bishop was a master distiller, who created quality and world-renowned spirits from Maidstone. As a young businessman, George travelled to Holland to extend his knowledge of the industry and to acquire the art of distilling. During these times, there were little licensing restrictions meaning that anyone could distil – and distil they did. For many, Gin was actually considered cleaner than water.

George Bishop

Determined to bring the industry to his hometown, George lobbied government, arguing that the spirit should be produced in a controlled and regulated manner, and that a quality UK product would help to prevent smuggling. Effective persuasion allowed George Bishop to distil Maidstone Geneva (gin)!

Years later, George Bishop had built a new distillery, an impressive building that dominated the Maidstone skyline. Almost 20 years later, the Distillery at Maidstone was renowned for producing one of the finest gins of all Europe and was referred to as Maidstone Gin or Maidstone Geneva.

Maidstone Distillery

George Bishops legacy lives on through Maidstone Distillery, in spirits with depth, meaning and character. Inside the Distillery, you can experience tours, tastings, and guided gin-making classes, where you can watch the spirits being made first-hand.

And where better to taste the award-winning gin than at our bar and restaurant, The Herbalist! Book your table here.

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