The Distillery London

What a treat Mothers’ Day was for me last week as The Distillery London at 186 Portobello Road invited my family and I over to enjoy a long lunch on them,and some gin too for good measure! These guys are gin experts!

The Distillery, London

Plus, the gin is so freaking good there that I even declined their kind offer for Moet to enjoy a refreshing glass of G&T, toasting mamas everywhere as I sipped away!

If you’ve not heard of The Distillery firstly where have you been?! (ha) but it’s a four-floor dreamboat of a venue for discerning drinkers everywhere and it’s the first of its kind in the UK too. Not only is it a working distillery but also the new home for the internationally-renowned Portobello Road Gin and the critically acclaimed gin-blending experience, The Ginstitute (which you can win an experience for, at the bottom of this post). The Distillery also houses two bars, a private dining room, and three guest lodgings at the top too if you fancy a sleep over!

The Distillery, London

How incredible is that?!

Set in one of the most picturesque parts of London: Portobello is a pastel-hue lovers dream and after clocking these beauts I’ve decided that when I grow up (!), I’d like to live in a pink house please (soz Peter)!


pastel buildings

As you can see the the journey to The Distillery by foot from Paddington Station was almost as fun as actually eating there as we stopped by old haunts (I used to live on Westbourne Grove) to pose by plush properties in the sun and I even had to rock my shades as the light was so bright!

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After all that tiring work (!) we replenished ourselves in The Resting Room at The Distillery (a cocktail bar which serves British classics) enjoying hands-down the tastiest roast I’ve ever eaten (sorry Mum) with all the trimmings-think Christmas Day meets Mothers Day followed by dessert heaven.

The Resting Room


Since embarking on a lower carb, healthy eating plan over the last two weeks (losing 6 lbs so far with another 5 ish to go) I painfully gave my appreciative gang my portion of potatoes and pudbut enjoyed caramelised carrots, creamy cauliflower cheese, tangy red cabbage and juicy, tender chicken that was roasted to perfection (the crispy skin was out of this world).

Sunday roast at The Distillery, London

roast beef

roast chicken and all the trimmings

I will admit a spoonful of sticky toffee pudding and also chocolate fondant with liquorice ice cream were consumed for the purposes of this review (it’s only fair right? 😉 ) and I can’t wait to return to inhale a plate-full once I’ve reached my goal weight!

Damn good food.

Happy days!





The kids lapped up lunch and I loved the day vibe after enjoying the buzz there on an evening with friends.

The Distillery

With art-deco style interiors: all moody dark wood, olive green tiles and stained glass mirrors, The Distillery is one heck of a stunner while feeling warm and welcoming.  Other young families tucked into their roasts too, sat side by side with couples on dates and shoppers taking a breather from Portobello Market admiring their vintage buys. Just how lunch in London should look and feel.

It was a day filled with the best of company, food and an ambience that made me feel like I’d pitched up in a cool brasserie in Paris, I never wanted to leave.

Now, excitingly you can win 2 tickets to The Ginstitute which is nestled in The Distillery’s basement and is London’s premier gin-making experience worth £240 in total.

I can’t wait to try it myself too!

The Ginstitute

The sessions take place daily and the winner can book onto any session within the next 12 months (you will be sent 2 gift vouchers so can take  a friend).

And this is what you’ll receive.

Here comes the science bit:

The Ginstitute provides a unique and unrivalled opportunity to better understand the true spirit of London. Patrons begin their spirituous journey with a whirlwind history of gin which spans one thousand years (almost). Their knowledgeable ‘Ginstructors’ will take you on a whistle-stop journey through the fascinating and often dark history of ‘Mother’s Ruin’ where you’ll learn all you need to know about gin!

The Ginstitute

History lesson over, you’ll then head to the blending rooms right in the heart of the working distillery to test your senses with a tutored tasting and nosing of the botanical ingredients of London Dry Gin, ready to create your own bespoke, one‐of‐a‐kind, unique and hopefully delicious gin.

To mark your graduation, you will be presented with a full-size bottle of your very own personal gin, the recipe of which will be kept on file for you to reorder as often as you fancy. What a cool gift that would make!

The Ginstitute

Tickets are usually £120 each and include 4 gin drinks, a 70cl bottle of your own unique gin and a bottle of Portobello Road Gin.

Good luck!

Portobello Road Gin

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Ends April 16th 2018.

UK only.

You must be over 21 to enter.

No cash alternative.

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P.S This is where Maggy of Red Ted Art and I are hosting our second Creative Women’s Network too. Book your FREE tickets HERE.

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82 Responses

  1. Chris Fletcher

    I’d take my sweetheart Purmala with me as she loves a G&T, it would be great exploring all the processes and botanicals that go into our favourite tipple!

  2. Adrian Bold

    I would love to win this for my partner who loves gin. Thanks for the competition!

  3. Louise Clarke

    I would love to win this as a special treat for my partner, as hes been working so hard to save a deposit for a house

  4. Victoria B

    Wow, wow, wow! This looks amazing. I’d love to do this, I love gin and trying out different flavours / combinations but to experience it with the experts would be amazing. I’d love to take my husband.

  5. Michelle Newman

    This sounds amazing and a once in a lifetime treat. I’d take me best friend for a fab day out.

  6. Helen Robertson

    I would have to take hubby, he shares a love for gin just like me!! Would be good to discover some new ones!!

  7. Karen Hughes

    I’d take my sister with me as she has always been my partner in crime since we were little
    I’d love to go as it is such a unique experience and not one I would of ever thought of. It is a fantastic prize

  8. Anthea Holloway

    I would love to win because I am a gin sort of person and love a G&T and I also make creme de cassis from gin and my home-grown blackcurrants and I would love to take my husband on this super trip because he loves his gin too.

  9. Ali Fanstone

    I would love to win this prize, I would give it to my son and his wife who will be celebrating their 15th wedding anniversery soon (and that would mean Id get to look after my grandchildren lol)

  10. Ruth Dunkin

    Until 12-months ago i didn’t ‘get’ the attraction of gin, but after intense education from my sister (also a teacher so pretty good at being persuasive!) and a visit to Bombay Sapphire I am officially converted. Love to win this to continue my educational journey and would of course take Sian as a thanks for all the gin she has shared with me!

  11. Sheri Darby

    I’d love to win because it would be a wonderful experience. My husband would be my +1

  12. Joanne Heath

    I would take my husband as he has discovered why I love Gin so much, and been away in Cyprus ad we just really need a day date or even date night. It would be different and would surprise him. All the little things he does, were missed when he worked away. It is the little things that mean the most. I would be delighted to win this for us.

  13. Mandy Betts

    Because I love gin, and I would take my partner with me, who also loves gin!

  14. Lucy C

    My best friend is a gin blogger so would definitely take her – she’d love it!

  15. sammy s

    I would take my gin loving sister would be something new and different

  16. Emma C

    I absolutely love gin and would love to go here! I would take my husband to educate him more about gin and try and prove to him it is better than bourbon!

  17. Michelle Sykes

    I would love to go with Peter my boyfriend we both love Gin and would really appreciate this

  18. Clara

    I’d love to win to find out more about gin and I’d take my best friend

  19. Natasha Pain

    My husband would be my plus 1. We both love gin and haven’t been “out” or anywhere together since having our little boy, this would be a amazing treat

  20. Hayley Elvin

    I am an unofficial gin connoiseur 🙂 I love a good gin and would take my partner with me

  21. Kim Draper

    I would love to win and take my husband. He’s a gin lover and has just got me into it.

  22. Justine Edwards

    I love GIN , say no more, but my Bestie is currently still in doubt as she is a Whisky and Dark Rum drinker so think this would once and all convert her to enjoying GIN


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