For obvious reasons, we’re big fans of Countryfile here at the Spirit of Yorkshire. And we know that we’re not alone. This week, only Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Poldark had more people watching than Countryfile, a programme dedicated to rural areas – incredible! Earlier this year, we were really pleased to hear that a northern Countryfile Live was coming to Castle Howard, near Malton, about 30 minutes drive from the distillery. And we were even more pleased when Spirit of Yorkshire and the Wold Top Brewery were asked by the Rural... Read More
Joe and Libby headed way out west last week to Bradford Science and Media Museum for their ‘Lates’ evening on Thursday. ‘Lates’ at the museum happen four times a year and are adults-only events, always with a range of interesting and often unusual guests. We were really pleased to be invited as a guest at the latest ‘Lates’ and blown away by everyone’s enthusiasm and excitement about what we’re doing here at the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery. Lots of questions, tastings and interest – thank you to the museum for having... Read More
It sounds like a no-brainer, that one of the best places in Yorkshire is the county town, but there’s so much more to York than just its name. Not withstanding the hundreds pubs, there are lots of brilliant coffee shops, independent stores and of course, historical buildings and sites. Though arguably, one of the nicest things to do on a sunny day is to walk along the river, from Rowntree Park, to Homestead, taking in the Minster as you go.
75 years ago today (6th June 1944) marks what was, many would say, the major turning point of World War Two. Allied forces landed on 5 beaches across the northern coast of France, and the course of the war changed significantly. Two regiments from Yorkshire were crucial to the assault on ‘Gold’ beach – the Green Howards, and the East Yorkshire regiment. In fact, the only Victoria Cross awarded to the D Day campaign went to Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis, from 6th Battalion Green Howards. Given that Winston Churchill described... Read More
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs from Pickering to Whitby in full steam style, stopping at stations across the moors. It’s been used in countless films, is always exciting to see or travel on, and showcases some of the most beautiful places on the moors. One of our favourite stations is Newtondale Halt – you have to request the stop and there’s nothing there but a platform, but it leads to stunning walks and a real sense of peace. Photo credit: NYMR
Sally Fairfax from BBC Radio Humberside came to visit us yesterday (24th October) – Joe gave her a tour of the Distillery, discussing our ethos, why we’ve done what we’ve done, and our aims and ambitions. The interview is available for the next couple of weeks so if you’d like to listen, then please click here (from around 40 minutes in)
We’re big fans of local artist Alastair James here at the distillery, with his soulful voice and range of styles, whether he’s playing as part of a bigger band or doing a solo session. After a small break over the summer, he was back playing to a crowd in the Pot Still Coffee Shop on Friday night (12th October). As ever, we all thought he was brilliant and are looking forward to his next music night on Friday 9th November. To stay informed about all our music nights, Distillery Sessions... Read More
On Thursday evening, the Pot Still kitchen transformed from coffee shop to restaurant as we welcomed back ‘Birds on the Loose – two chefs and their chick game for anything.’ As Head Tutor at the Malton Cookery School, and the founder of the ‘Yorkshire Food Finder’ respectively, Gilly Robinson and Sue Nelson are known throughout the county for their innovative approach to ingredients and their desire to use local produce, popping-up in less than usual locations. Guests started the evening with a Yorkshire approach to a Scottish classic – Cullen... Read More
Earlier this month we were really pleased to welcome Spencer Stokes from Look North to the Distillery. He and his crew spent most of the day with us, chatting about our ethos, our spirit so far and our aims for our single malt next year. They filmed at the Distillery and up at the farm and brewery too. To hear about our ambitions (and see the Distillery for yourself if you’ve not been before) then head here to see an edited version of the show.