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RECOMMENDATION | Brewtown Tours gin and beer tours in Yorkshire

By Natalie Johnson – 16th May 2020

For all you Yorkshire Gin lovers out there, this one’s for you!

Brewtown Tours provides microbrewery and gin distillery guided tours in Yorkshire.

 

We all hopped on the Brewtown tour minibus, visiting three independent, premium gin distilleries around fabulous Yorkshire. We had the opportunity to sample some of the finest local artisan gin and experience their own unique approach to distilling.

I had never been on a drinks tour before and I wasn’t sure what to expect but Brewtown tours didn’t disappoint.

There were 8 of us in total including Laura our Girl About York, Megan out Girl About media gal, and her lovely mam.

Our meeting place was the stunning Principle hotel right next to York station at 10 am, where we were greeted by the very hospitable Mark, the founder of Brewtown tours. We then jumped on the minibus, parked just a stone’s throw away, and off we went.

It was such a fun and laid-back experience and with only being a small group we were able to look more intimately at how these regional artisan gin distillers make it happen.

Our first stop was The York Gin shop, which is in the centre of the gothic, walled city of York. It’s set in the iconic 16th century Herbert House, steeped in history and…gin of course!

We could try all of the gins that were available to buy and with each gin there was a great story behind it (who doesn’t love a bit of archive dipping). There was plenty of time to look around the shop and make any purchases.

The second stop was Malton and Rare Bird Distillery. Set in an attractive courtyard in a beautiful Grade II listed stable block surrounded by other independents, so we were able to grab a bite to eat for lunch or in other words – line the stomach for quite a lot more gin tasting.

We met Matt who told us all about Rare Bird and how it got its name. It’s a working distillery, shop, bar, and gin school. With an impressive 300 litre copper still, that sits in the centre of the distillery and is used to craft every bottle of Rare Bird.

We got to try a generous glass of either the botanical packed (and I must say my absolute favorite) London dry or their famous rhubarb and ginger.

The Gin School sounded great fun too and something I would certainly like to try.

The final stop was Hooting owl Distillery an artisan distiller of craft gin-based in the historic Barmby Moor House. I found this visit particularly interesting, enjoyable, and extremely entertaining.

The gin was pretty much free-flowing the entire time we were there and very delicious.

Dom who founded Hooting Owl really played his part in making us all feel welcome and what a storyteller. He was very engaging and I loved the back story of how all of his 6 gins came about. I couldn’t resist treating myself to the ‘North Yorkshire’ gin, it was tough as I was certainly spoilt for choice.

The day was very well organised and I never found myself looking at my watch once.

I must add the drive to each venue was very relaxed yet informative and a real good laugh. Mark knows a thing or two about this exceptional county’s independent beer and gin producers and his passion for giving his customers the chance to explore some of Yorkshires finest tipples shines through.

If I can give one piece of advice though…is don’t forget to have breakfast!!!

 

 

It costs £80 per person and the length of the experience is approximately 5hrs

 

This would make a great gift for couples and groups alike. Mother’s day, Father’s day, valentine’s day, hen parties, or just a good old get-together that’s a little different.

               

This would make a FAB gift for anyone who loves… Gin!!! Or beer as they do microbrewery tours too.

 

To find out more visit: https://www.brewtowntours.co.uk

 

REVIEW:

This is a Girl About review. I was invited to take part in this experience free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

 

Nat x

Natalie Johnson NorthYorks
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By Lindsey Roberts – 10th February 2020

Why I loved The Kitchen at Manor House at Lindley in Huddersfield?
A really decadent ‘ladies wot lunch’ spot that won’t break the bank. Delicious brunch menu and an abundence of faux florals.

 

Worth paying a babysitter?
This is a great place to meet a girlfriend for brunch or lunch when the kids are at school.

 

Expect:
Stunning, over-the-top faux floral feminine features draping from the beamed ceiling of the light and airy space. Delicious, freshly-made brunch and lunch options and freshly squeezed juices. A gorgeous girly vibe; lots of well-dressed ladies of all ages nattering over a beautifully brewed coffee and a home-made cake. The Kitchen Cafe is obviously popular with the Hudderfield local ladies, and so it should be! This place is an absolute gem.

 

Value for money: 9/10.

Setting the scene at The Kitchen at Manor House at Lindley
Tucked away behind a pretty average high street in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, concealed by a high wall of foliage is a beautiful Georgian Manor House – The Manor House at Lindley.

 

Iron gates lead into a sweeping driveway and a fully functioning fountain takes centre stage slap bang in the middle of it, surrounded by perfectly pruned topiary. It all feels rather grand and a bit too indulgent for a Thursday brunch date with Girl About Yorkshire – Emma. The type of venue that surely comes with a hefty bill at the end of it all…

How wrong was I?

We parked up in the large car park with plenty of parking spots and headed round the back of the old building, and through a modern entrance that lead through glass double doors into The Kitchen Café.

 

Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis and there’s room for the odd pram, although it doesn’t scream ‘child-friendly, which was more than ok with us on this occasion – our little people were well out of the way at school, leaving Emma and I to chat and enjoy our delicious brunch without any interruption.

 

That being said, if you do have a little lady in your life, who is old enough to sit still and hold a conversation – this is a perfect venue for a little Saturday girly treat. The atrium to the right of the full-length counter featuring jugs of freshly-squeezed smoothies and scrummy looking home-made scones, cakes and other treats provides a lovely view out into the courtyard which leads through to the very well-appointed bathrooms.

 

It really is a beautiful setting for brunch. You won’t want to leave. Sadly, on this occasion, it wasn’t to be. The 3pm school run was calling.

 

Still, I excused myself and slipped away to the little girl’s room, seizing the opportunity to have a good old nosey round. I stumbled upon a very sophisticated looking cocktail bar and the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. Emma – who recently dined here, and got to stay overnight, had VERY good things to say about both. (Read her full review HERE)

 

I also loved the little work corner complete with desk and i-pad. I could happily set up shop for the day here.

 

The Menu:
The menu in The Kitchen offers a good selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch faves. I kicked off with a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice served decadenty in cut crystal and went on to order crushed Avocado and poached egg on sourdough toast. Emma opted for the pancake stack with berries, yogurt and maple syrup.

 

There’s a big focus on wellbeing here at The Manor House, and that’s apparent in the menu choices, which are all about healthy, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a dollop of indulgence.

 

Emma’s pancakes arrived and the food envy kicked in – two good sized fresh, fluffy discs of deliciousness with a good dollop of yogurt and fresh berries – she went onto drizzle them in the ample-sized portion of honey served on the side in a miniture jar.

 

It soon subsided when the waiter put my ample-sized portion of smashed avocado and perfectly cooked poached egg on toasted sourdough in front of me. We both polished our plates off, and went on to order tea and a home-made scone with jam and clotted cream to share. Why the hell not!

 

No gripes and groans from either or us – our food was delicious, well cooked, warm, and plentiful – and it was served with a cheeky smile and a little bit of banter from our lovely young waiter and a very reasonable bill of less than £25 between the two of us at the end.

 

Opens daily from 6am to 7pm.

 

With love,

Lyndsey x

 

To find out more visit: https://manorhouselindley.co.uk/

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