The Beacon Gin and Mile Munchers


Last week we were thrilled to welcome Cosmo Caddy, creator of Still on the Move, the UK’s first ever mobile gin distiller to the garden kitchen at The Beacon. Affectionately known as ‘Ginny’, the authentic copper still on a vintage 1937 VW truck tours the country, packed full of different spices and botanicals, spreading the joy of gin.

The Garden Lane G&T is a favourite at The Beacon so the chance to create our own small-batch premium gin was the best way to experiment with flavours and botanicals to create something totally unique. All gin must have a dominant flavour of juniper, but we wanted to know if we could create not just a regional Kent gin, but something that has flavours and aromas specific to The Beacon in the 17 acres of woods, that surround the restaurant.

Our creation is Mother’s Ruin. On the palate, it is a strong, well-rounded and balanced gin with hints of citrus, green cardamom and coriander seed with earthy undertones complimented by garden botanicals foraged in the grounds including wild fennel, elderflower and wood sorrel.

Our suggested house serve by bar manager Jim Harrison is with a slice of apple, juniper berries and a few wood sorrel leaves, served over fresh ice and Fever Tree tonic water.

We have produced 140 bottles, which are £35 each to take home or inhouse a double G&T is £11.30.

Raise a glass, the Ginaissance at The Beacon is well and truly here. Cheers!

Mile Munching by bike to beat meningitis

On 30 July 2017, Pete and his Meningitis Mile Muncher team mates, are cycling the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100, a 100-mile route starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then on closed roads through London and into the Surrey countryside, finishing at the Mall in Central London.

Pete and the rest of the team are looking to raise £3000. If you or a loved one has been affected by meningitis or want to put an end to this terrible and deadly disease, please contribute what you can on the group’s virgin money giving page, here.

Thank you for your support.

The BeaconSteven Li