The Southwestern Distillery is an independent, family company handcrafting Gin and Pastis (the old-fashioned way) in tiny batches inspired by the beautiful coast of north Cornwall. The whole process takes place on-site at the micro distillery, located just outside Padstow.
The pastis is the first of its kind in the UK, while gin hasn’t been made in Cornwall since smugglers sailed the seas 100 years ago.
Each bottle is filled, labelled, waxed, stamped and signed by hand. Each batch contains 300 bottles and has it's own character, our current stock at the Cellar Door is from batch 031, and has the character of spring blossom!
Both recipes include handpicked local botanicals. For instance, gorse flowers foraged from the nearby clifftops are a key ingredient in Cornish Pastis, while Devon violets are grown in Tarquin’s garden for Tarquin’s Gin. The botanicals help build the spirits’ fresh and distinct flavour profiles. To finish off, the spirits are diluted with naturally sweet Cornish water, sourced from a spring that feeds the Cornish coast. Due to the prevailing south-westerly winds, it is said to be the freshest water in England, having landed as virgin rain on dry land after an epic 2,000 mile journey across the Atlantic.