Laverstoke Mill – Tour the Home of Bombay Sapphire
Address: Laverstoke Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NR
Availability: Open seven days a week (booking ahead is possible, but spaces usually available on the day so just turn up whenever you can)
Winter Opening Hours – From 1st November to 31st March
11am to 6pm daily (last entry at 4:00pm)
Summer Opening Hours – From 1st April to 31st October
10am – 8pm daily (last entry at 6:00pm)
Duration: 1.5 hours
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For Your Money:
Laverstoke Mill isn’t just the global home of Bombay Sapphire, it’s a fantastically well built, superbly educational centre point for anyone and everyone interested in the Gin world. Arguably, it’s the most beautiful and certainly most impressive gin visitor experience you’ll find anywhere in the world.
There are two types of tours – Self Guided or Hosted.
On the self guided tour (£16), you can take in the jaw-dropping sights of the glasshouses and botanical dry room at your very own speed. As no-one is allowed to just wonder into the Still House, that part is always “guided” but it’s included in your ticket (that part takes around 15 minutes)
Your meandering around will finish at The Mill Bar, where every guest is handed a drink on the house.
The Hosted tour (£25) covers the same ground and finishes at the bar as well, except here, you get to explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery with one of the distillery hosts who will be on hand to answer any questions and guide you through the site. Obviously, these are best booked ahead as they run at certain times and not each and everyday so enquire ahead.
A few thoughts from Gin Foundry:
Guests wearing open-toed shoes or high heels will not be able to enter the Still House. Don’t be THAT person in flip flops… Bombay Sapphire, as you might expect, attracts a lot of visitors each year (over 100 thousand), so is incredibly well equipped to deal with questions, info, faq’s and more – so if in doubt, just ask their teams in advance and they’ll have an answer for you.
Separate to the usual tours, the distillery usually has other experiences on offer, ranging from horticulture themed tours (showcasing the diverse natural habitat along the chalkstream banks, and the fascinating story behind the iconic glasshouses) to highly in depth sessions and info with one of the brand ambassadors. For those looking to revisit or who know quite a bit about gin, these can be a great option.
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