Harrogate Tipple gin distillery opens Ripley shop after HQ acquisition

Gin distillery Harrogate Tipple has launched a shop across from the Boar’s Head pub in Ripley, after acquiring their distiller and head office building from Ripley Castle Estates.

The deal for the site completed this week, and brings the firm’s total investment to date to over £650,000 in its three year history.

The purchase of the 4,000 sq ft property is part of the company’s long-term growth plans that also include the expansion of the corporate events business.

The distiller of Harrogate Gin and Rum will also launch launched its vintage-style shop to offer tastings and various craft gin and rum products to customers in North Yorkshire.

Distiller Tom Nichol, a 48-year industry veteran who has distilled world-famous spirits including Tanqueray Ten, oversees the creation of all the firm’s recipes.

He’s a partner in the business that was launched by Harrogate couple Steven and Sally Green in 2016, which uses botanicals from Ripley Castle gardens and Harrogate Spring Water in its recipes.

Steven Green said: “We are really proud of the truly craft distilling we do here in Ripley. Having already received many requests from gin aficionados eager to see our copper stills and have a peek behind the scenes of Harrogate’s only local distillery, it was a natural next step to build out a retail space and get a licence to sell to visitors and tourists.

“The shop certainly reflects the personality of the brand, with an eclectic, fun and welcoming vintage feel, with glimpses of the gorgeous copper stills through the open shelves to allow customers to see us making the batches.

Co-founder Salle said: “We are ambitious about building our following in the region by extending the retail sales we enjoy through many independent retailers, bars and restaurants.

“We’re also excited to have opened our own visitor attraction enabling customers to see the stills for themselves and find out more about the premium spirit-making process.

“Being able to visit the place where their tipple is created is a great step forward in our brand building.”