Hand me the Gin

Farm Grown Gin

We were kindly invited by Warner’s Gin to spend the day on their farm celebrating inspirational women. Warner’s is based in Harrington in Northants; so a quick county hop for me and my wonderful plus one Raj. AD/gifted experience day from Warner’s Distillery

The day started sedately with a drive through the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire countryside and we were welcomed to the farm with coffee and breakfast pastries. We joined a wonderful bunch of inspirational ladies (it was blogger galore) and the wonderful Warner’s team.

We had a lush box of goodies; including joules scarves and hats and funky rainbow wellies from ever creatures. So we all donned our new gifts and we’re ready for the farm….

The Warner’s team are AMAZING; so knowledgable and full of passion for producing an epic product in epic surrounding. I love the fact that Tom says ‘fuck’ a lot, and this only strengthened his passion when talking about producing an epic gin- with no unnecessary (and nasty) colourings or flavourings. Warner’s were the first to create a rhubarb gin, and its colour and flavour come from beautiful, natural, British grown royal rhubarb!

Warner’s are truly on an Eco journey of trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Growing as much of their needed botanicals on the farm as they can, and importing as little as possible. They showed us their three stunning botanical gardens (they took part in Chelsea flower show) one down the Harrington valley giving us a chance for a brisk blowy walk!

We saw Angelica, juniper, lemon thyme, heathers, lavender, elderflower and more. A queen bee even landed for a surprise feature in our day; and Johnny (Warner’s botanical and bee keeper smarty pants) told us all about the importance of these creatures; and their shocking facts about bee copulation!!!

After that bracing walk we needed Gin- hoorah; so tasted some lemon balm gin in the glorious March sunshine. We then headed off to get our green fingered nails grubby; by ‘pricking out’ some Angelica seedlings, and potting some borage seeds to take home to grow. And then it was time for lunch!

And what a lunch it was; three courses of ‘Warner’s gin themed’ awesomeness in the epic local Gastronpub the Tollemarche arms. Tollemache Arms

Lemon balm infused salmon, a potato, Brie and mushroom Pithivier and yummy slow gin gravy; and the most awesome thing ever; rhubarb gin and Harrington honey trifle. I never knew a trifle could be so epic; and although we all had filling tummies we seemed to polish it off.

Obviously this was accompanied by some of Warner’s tasty gins; for me a rhubarb fizz to start and then a raspberry and soda. During the lengthy delicious lunch we were lead by the lovely Tina; to discuss our inspirational women.

The afternoon the full array of Warner’s gins; from the classic ‘Harrington dry Gin’ (yup sod off London, Harrington does it better), to the Joules collab Apple and Pear and the strawberry and rose (which I’d never heard of).

We then wax dipped and labelled our very own bottle; this day was truly epic, with so much attention to detail- making it such a special day for a wonderful group of ladies.

The day ended with imaginative Warner’s gin cocktails at their bar; my idea of heaven, and an epically stocked fridge. And then off we went into the Northamptonshire sunset.

I thought I’d finish with a few of my favourite Warner’s facts

  • There are 300 elderflower in each bottle of elderflower Gin
  • The distillers name is on each bottle
  • Toms mum Adele creates the idea of their Elderflower gin after picking some on the garden and adding to Gordon’s!
  • Warner’s does 350 distillations a year
  • 91% gin can actually taste amazing
  • Warner’s will be bringing out a spiced rum- using British grown botanicals!
  • Warner’s ask locals to pick Sloes to make their gin, and return the favour by giving gin.
  • Tom says ‘fuck’ A Lot

Obviously the idea of this day was to celebrate inspirational women; and March holds both inspirational women’s day and Mother’s Day- so this month I’m going to be posting about inspirational ladies, and hosting guest blogs from some wonderful ladies too.

Share your stories of the #inspowomen in your life on insta using this tag and @warnersgin too

Family time, Playtime

Play Village- Warwick

For the both Dorothea’s second and third birthdays we have taken her to the Warwick play village. we think for her it offers the perfect day out; she loves pretend play, and this place offers every version of pretend play you could want!

From memory these are the different areas:

  • School
  • Post office
  • Theatre
  • Beauty/hair salon
  • Vets
  • Hospital
  • Fire station
  • Cafe
  • Supermarket
  • Ice cream van
  • Picnic area/bbq
  • Building site

The play village has two available sessions- morning or afternoon; each gives 2.5 hours play. It’s £10 per child and that gives entrance for two adults also. Parking is free and plentiful.

Within the play village there’s an awesome cafe; so you can have coffee and cake with a view of the play area. They do a full range of breakfasts, lunches, cakes, hot and cold drinks. The coffee is pretty good too.

Whilst kids are left to play as they wish, the team at the Play Village also organises activities; singing, dancing, stories and treasure hunts. On both occasions we’ve been for Dorothea’s birthday, they’ve sang to her and given her a card; a sweet touch!

2nd birthday in the beauty salon

Any negatives??? Well one; this place is soooo hard to find, the sat navved postcode will lead you to a services on a nearby dual carriageway. Instead type in Hampton rd and wing it. The play village is down a little Lane; you will think you’ve gone the wrong way, but it’s worth it when you get there promise. ( allow a little extra time for getting lost! The staff informed me they should be getting a brown road sign soon.)

The different a year makes- the shop aged 2

To make a full day trip the nearly towns of Warwick and Leamington are both beautiful; with varied shopping streets and places to eat/drink. In Leamington we recommend https://www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/leamington-spa/ and in Warwick http://www.theoldcoffeetavern.co.uk

https://www.childrensplayvillage.co.uk

Dots outfit from https://jujuni.co.uk