Princess Anne has visited a whisky distillery as part of her official tour of Cumbria.
Founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, Paul Currie, welcomed her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the distillery’s picturesque setting overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake today before inviting her to tour the £7m development.
Princess Anne visited the stillroom where The Lakes Vodka, Gin and Single Malt is produced, as well as the Bistro at the Lakes Distillery before unveiling a plaque in the courtyard to mark its official opening.
Following the official opening, The Princess Royal added:
Cumbria's first whisky distillery in 200 years has taken a big step closer. Giant copper stills have been lowered into place at the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite.
It's expected to created more than 30 jobs when it opens at the end of the year. The venture's been the dream of one man, Paul Currie, who's invested £5 million.
The Lakes Distillery is another step closer to opening as the stills and other equipment arrive.
The £5 million distillery, based at Bassenthwaite, has launched a new pre-opening visitor reception ahead of its official opening in early December.
It's the first to be built in the area for over 200 years and will produce whisky, gin and vodka.
Thirty jobs are promised with the opening of a whisky and gin distillery in the Lake District.
It will be run from a converted farm, and will include a cafe and visitors centre.
Samantha Parker reports:
Thirty jobs will be created by a new whisky distillery opening near Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District.
By next year the distillery, bistro and visitor centre attraction will be fully open, with the aim to bring more tourists towards west Cumbria.
The distillery, which will produce a Lakes Malt by 2018, is based the site of a former Victorian farm at the Cockermouth end of the lake.
Work is about to begin on the first distillery to be built in the Lake District for 200 years.
The new £2.5 million distillery, based at Bassenthwaite, will produce both gin and whiskey and is expected to open in 2014.