The Distillery | Portobello Road Gin Hotel and Bar
It has been scientifically proven, time and time again, that all of the very best stories involve gin. Which is why a venue containing four storeys of the good stuff can only be an excellent thing.
Moving but a mere stone’s throw from their first home inside The Portobello Star, the Portobello Road Gin producers have taken over a grand corner building housing three bars, a micro hotel, and a 400-litre basement distillery tank. All spread over four floors like so…
GROUND FLOOR – THE RESTING ROOM BAR
You’ll enter The Distillery to find the Resting Room, a spacious bar that serves international and unusual spirits directly from barrels suspended above the bar – including unique blends of gin created by the in-house Master Distiller, Jake Burger, and other spirits like the avocado & olive oil vodka – which is probably as healthy as a 70-proof spirit can get. They’re also serving up craft beers, English wines and gastropub fodder to boot. Down in the basement, meanwhile is their distillery and the new, thankfully bigger, home of The Ginstitute, where you can learn to blend your own gin, to your own personal tastes. It’s essentially a fancy and more corrupting version of pick’n’mix.
1ST FLOOR – THE G&T PALACE
Go up a level and you’ll find GinTonica, a Spanish-inspired temple to the G&T, where drinks are served in balloon goblets with garnishes ranging from cacao nibs to asparagus. Tapas from Pintura’s head chef Greg Lewis should keep you going as you inevitably find yourself working through their 200-strong selection of gins.
2ND FLOOR – THE MUSEUM
Yep, just your standard gin museum filled with artefacts from the spirit’s 300 year history, like the first cocktail book published in English…and like all good museums, yes, there’s a gift shop.
3RD FLOOR – THE HOTEL
And if you make it up this far, you’ll find the private dining room and three boutique hotel rooms overlooking Portobello Road.
Just imagine the minibar…
NOTE: The Distillery is now open 11am-1am Mon-Sat and midnight on Sundays.
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The Distillery | 186 Portobello Road, W11 1LA
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