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Oxford opens its first ever gin distillery

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Once dismissed as an old fashioned drink, gin has seen an extraordinary rebirth in recent years with sales rocketing in bars and supermarkets alike.

Last year, 40 million bottles were sold in Britain - that's enough to make more than one billion gin and tonics.

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Its surge in popularity has led to a dramatic rise in the number of gin makers setting up business.

Bombay Sapphire opened its distillery in Whitchurch three years ago and now Oxford has its first ever distillery.

Mel Bloor went along to find out more.

Mel spoke to Tom Nicolson, Founder of The Oxford Artisan Distillery, George Bennett from Sandy Lane Farm and Master Distiller, Cory Mason.

Gin distillery opens it's doors to the public

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery will open tot he public for the first time Credit: ITV Meridian

A village in Hampshire is hoping to become a new attraction for those who like a tipple! The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Whitchurch has opened its doors to the public for the very first time. It showcases the craftmanship and creativity behnd the drink.

ITV Meridian spoke to Will Brix, Estate Manager at Bombay Sapphire Distillery.