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What You Can Do In Plymouth To Make A Weekend Away When The Speedway Seasons Starts Again


Our Nikki took time out to spend a day in Plymouth apart from shopping and food she managed to do something she has always wanted too.


She visited Plymouth Gin on the Barbican.  She has walked past their premises loads of times but never had the opportunity to go in on one of their tours.

Many of you know our Nikki loves her real ale but she is does like a good gin and after her trip you can’t get better than Plymouth Gin.  We won’t spoil the tour for you but Nikki couldn’t turn off her phone for one part as you are taken into the real workings of the building which is a flammable area and you have to ground yourself on a metal bar for safety.  There are opportunities to smell and taste the ingredients that go into their gins and how they have found old recipes that have been made in small batches.  In fact Nikki’s favourites are only available from their shop and bar.

After the tour as part of your ticket price and after the tastings, you can have a gin and tonic in the bar but if you are driving taking one away.  Nikki loves the Plymouth Sloe Gin and she says it was so easy to drink.  The Refectory is in part of a 1400s old Manor House which was the predecessor to itself present use solely for Plymouth Gin which is a grade 2 listed building. You must book if you don’t want to be disappointed to visit the Refectory. With its wooden ceiling with casual sofas you sink into and sitting at the bar is also encouraged to watch the servers in action. At this point we need to mention Luke who served Nikki after her tour and then when she went back in the evening.  


Luke paid great attention to details with all the drinks.  It reminded her of Rowan Atkinson in Love Actually when he was wrapping the parcel for the great care taken with a hint of Tom Cruise from Cocktail for his skills.  Nikki loved the fact that it was a table service and as soon as you walk in you are greeted and brought ice cold water to the table.

Nikki had quite a few tasters which still left her in love with Plymouth’s Sloe gin.  At the end she created her own Plymouth Gladiator cocktail from two of Plymouth’s products that you can only get there.  


Nikki highly recommends you take time for the tour which was good value for money and very informative and if you get chance to visit the Refectory and don’t worry if you are not a gin drinker there are other alternatives.  Nikki will definitely be back on her next visit for speedway purposes to Plymouth.

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