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Born of The Lake District

The outstanding natural bueaty of the Lake District has forever captivated the most artistic of minds. Wordsworth, Constable, Tennyson, Turner and Ruskin; peerless names globally renowned for their interpretations of this majestic landscape. Like them, we take inspiration from the UNESCO World Heritage Site where we've meticulously built a state of the art whisky distillery within a 160-year-old farmstead on the banks of the River Derwent.

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Outstanding recognition in a stunning setting


Experience our award-winning distillery

Experience the excitement of England's largest award-winning whisky distillery. Take a sensory tour backstage in our production areas. The Lakes distillery offers a family friendly atmosphere - stop off in the Bistro or say hello to our family of resident alpacas!

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More than just a distillery

Set in a former Victorian cattle parlour, the Bistro's surroundings and inspirations are reassuringly solid, natural and rooted in the Lake District. This is reflected in our food; honest, generous and full of flavour.  One of our main goals is to embrace the spirit of the Lake District. We achieve this by using regional ingredients where possible and having a key focus on freshness, flavour and simplicity. 

The Bistro is a place for a simple coffee and a slice of home-made cake, or go all out with lunch, a full afternoon tea or leisurely three-course supper. If the infamous Lake District weather allows, you can even dine al-fresco in our beautiful courtyard in the sunshine.

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Personal service for bespoke occasions

The distillery is available for private parties, corporate occasions or bespoke out-of-hours group bookings. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

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What's on at The Lakes?

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18 May

World Whisky Day

Special whisky tastings with every tour, plus enjoy a complimentary whisky cocktail when dining in the Bistro.

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25 May - 2 June

Half Term Holidays

Children eat for free this half term with every dining adult, plus join us for family-friendly alpaca walks.

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8 June

World Gin Day

Discover the perfect G&T. Receive a free gin & tonic with every dining adult, plus enjoy additional gin tastings with every tour.

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