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HRH Princess Royal tours Cumbrian Distillery

Princess Anne visiting the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Credit: ITV Border

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.

The Princess Royal inspecting a mash tun which starts the whisky brew at Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

It was an incredible honour to have Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal officially open The Lakes Distillery, all of us will remember this day for years to come.

As the only distillery in Cumbria, we are very proud of our team and our facilities which are already producing award-winning spirits. It was a pleasure to be able to present the fruit of our hard work to such a prestigious guest.

Her Royal Highness’ visit marks the start of our first summer season open to the public. We expect to attract 100,000 guests of all ages to the distillery each year, who will be able to follow the same tour as Her Royal Highness, and we hope they enjoy their visit just as much.”

– Paul Currie, Lakes Distillery

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.

Princess Anne unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

Following the official opening, The Princess Royal added:

it's lovely to see these sorts of old agricultural buildings find a really good re-use"

– HRH Princess Royal

Getting into the spirit as distillery comes together

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.

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Lake District distillery is a step closer to opening

The stills have arrived on site Credit: ITV Border

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.

The Lakes Distillery is based at a victorian model farm Credit: ITV Border

Distillery to provide jobs and tourism boost

The farm building that will be converted into the distillery Credit: ITV News Border

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.

The buildings are structurally sounds Credit: ITV News Border

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