Wetherspoons has launched a 17 day Gin festival today


Perhaps not the Valentine’s Day love story you were expecting: Pub giant JD Wetherspoon and gin.

But from today (February 14) there’s an opportunity to taste a huge selection of gins from around the UK and overseas.

It will be running from the 14th of February to the 1st of March at all Wetherspoon pubs.

Many options are available to choose from, with flavours such as ginger and cinnamon, fresh strawberry, grapefruit, marmalade and watermelon.

If you don’t drink alcohol there is a 0% gin which tastes no different from your regular gin.

The pubs will be serving a range of mixers to compliment your drink but if you’re not sure they have put recommendations on their ‘ Gin Festival News’ pamphlet which will be dotted around.

Aberfield Falls, Didsbury strawberry gin, Malfly rosa pink grapefruit, Caleno junpier and inca berry

The Imperial, Exeter’s biggest Wetherspoon pub, manager, Emma Gibson, said “We have sourced an excellent range of gins, a number of which have not previously been available in the pub.

“We are confident that our customers will enjoy the different gins which each have their own unique appeal”

We had a chance to sample some of the gins before the festival began at The Richard Hopkins  in Newton Abbot, we can tell you the ones we tried, recommendations and the opinion of their manager.

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But remember to enjoy them responsibly!

Aber Falls Gingerbread gin liquer, 20%

Recommended to have with apple juice this spiced flavoured gin wasn’t overpowering as it complimented the apple juice.

Still able to taste the gin the flavouring of the juice balanced it out nicely which made it a nice smooth drink.

Didsbury Strawberry Gin, 40%

This gin is recommended to have with Sanpellegrino Lemon.

If you are a fan of the more traditional tasting gin then this is one for you as you can really taste it in the drink.

Although it’s strong the strawberry flavouring made it sweeter and enjoyable.

Malfly Rosa Pink Grapefruit, 41%

Mixed with lemonade.

This is a very light and sweet drink. Although the percentage is strong and you can taste the gin it isn’t over powering.

It tasted like raspberry lemonade and was our top favourite.

Caleno Juniper and Inca Berry, 0%

Served with tonic water.

When told this was a 0% gin we were intrigued to see what it tasted like and found that it tasted identical to the traditional gin.

Created by a women who participated in dry January and found there wasn’t many 0% gin options she created this drink.

Even though it had no alcohol in it tasted the strongest of gin!

All the gins are separated into six flavour categories.

The categories are:

Herbaceous: Savoury Botanicals

Spice: Warming and Earthy Botanicals

Fruit: Sweet and Fruity

Citrus: Fresh ad Zesty

Juniper: Traditional Junper-led flavour

Floral: Lightly Perfumed

Gin Festival

Speaking to the manager Toni-Marie Charles she explained how popular gin has become over the years.

“Gin has become a massive part of the industry over the last 3-4 years. There’s been a lot of interest in gin with loads of new brewery’s around now. We serve 60 different gins at all times, some locally and some from abroad.

“The Gin festival was really popular last year, it was running for two weeks and we ran out really early of the more popular ones, those ones we now stock regularly.”

The gins that are just being served during the two weeks will have a sign on the pamphlet letting you know which ones are being served for a limited time.

When you go into your nearest Wetherspoons you can see an array of locals in their usual spot with a drink and usually something to read.

Toni told us that many of the locals come in nearer the evening times, however we did find a man that has been going to the Richard Hopkins for over 20 years.

Alan Hammett told us that he is a regular at the Richard Hopkins going there every morning for a pint of Guiness before heading off to town to do a bit of shopping.

“I’ve been coming here since the 90s with my brother before he passed.

“I like coming here and all the others, I go to all the spoons around here, Torquay and Paignton.

“Talk of the town is my favourite, there’s nothing wrong with here I like the way they do their steaks!”





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