Shakespeare Distillery to launch rum school

Shakespeare Distillery is expanding its business by opening a rum school in September, creating six jobs.

The independent artisan spirit producer is taking on a long-term lease at No 1 High Street in Stratford-upon-Avon which houses its retail shop on the ground floor.

Initially seen as a pop-up shop, Shakespeare Distillery is converting two additional floors above the retail premises into a rum school and tasting room named ‘Judith’s’.

The expansion follows the success of the distillery tours and gin school at its other premises in Drayton Manor Drive, Stratford-upon-Avon.

No 1 High Street was once home to Judith Shakespeare, daughter of William Shakespeare.

Judith’s will open mid-September to coincide with Stratford-upon-Avon Food Festival which takes place from 16 – 18 September.

Peter Monks, director at Shakespeare Distillery, said: “Stratford-upon-Avon is once again a busy and vibrant town after the pandemic and so now presents the perfect opportunity for us to expand our business. Having premises in town will make it easier for our customers to try our products and it also gives local residents the opportunity to visit with their friends and family. We look forward to starting an exciting new chapter, not only for the Distillery but for this historic building.”


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