Gin maker Whitby Distillery gets approval to construct US$1.78m in North Yorkshire

UK – Whitby Distillery, a gin maker, has announced its plans to construct a new £1.5 million (US$1.78m) distillery in North Yorkshire, in an effort to grow its brand.

The news comes as the company is granted permission by Scarborough councillors to renovate two derelict barns on the Whitby Abbey grounds.

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Founded in 2017, the distiller produces Whitby Gin – which is crafted using hand foraged botanicals from the Yorkshire coast – and is currently stocked in more than 300 outlets across the UK. 

Once fully operational, the distillery will be supported by renewable energy sources, will feature green roofs and will have the space to add an additional still if required.

“Moving our distillery to Abbey Lands Farm is a game-changer for us and will enable us to step up production, give us a tremendous platform for growth and introduce a new industry to Whitby,”

Luke Pentith – co-founder, Whitby Distillery

“As well as the distillery, our plans include a visitor centre, which will showcase our production process and our various gins, as well as paying homage to the amazing cultural heritage of Whitby and providing an educational and corporate business space,” said Jessica Slater, co-founder of Whitby Distillery.

The move forms part of Whitby Distillery’s growth plans as well the installation of a new still – which it claims has the capability to produce up to 100,000 full size bottles per year – and the release of a new bespoke bottle.

The two barns which will be renovated into a gin distillery. The distillery will house the brand’s still, Dora-Grace

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Scarborough Council and English Heritage for believing in us and in our exciting project. Moving our distillery to Abbey Lands Farm is a game-changer for us and will enable us to step up production, give us a tremendous platform for growth and introduce a new industry to Whitby,” Luke Pentith, co-founder of Whitby Distillery, said.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be restoring these derelict buildings on such a world-famous site. For us, this is all about launching an amazing adventure on the atmospheric North Sea coastline, with tremendous knock-on effects for the local economy.”

Work on the new eco-build distillery will start this autumn, with construction taking between 6-12 months.

The new Whitby Distillery has been designed to allow for future growth, with space to install an additional still if required.

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