Two old Victorian townhouses that have been beautifully transformed into a stunning boutique hotel overlooking Bangor’s Marina, Belfast Lough, the Irish Sea, and on to Scotland (on a clear day). A perfect retreat from everyday hustle and bustle. Friendly staff, gorgeous rooms and great food will make you stay a memorable one.
A combination of potatoes, malted barley and sugar beets create this intense Irish spirit. Poitin was banned in Ireland in the 17th century and it is only relatively recently that the ban was lifted. Spicy and complex, with rich creaminess and carefully balanced sweetness. Served with FeverTree elderflower tonic. Garnished with a lemon and mint.
The Echlinville Distillery, on the Far East Coast of Northern Ireland, became Northern Ireland’s first licensed distillery in 125 years, distilling its first spirit in 2013. It has since established itself at the forefront of Ireland’s spirits renaissance and is home to some of the Ireland’s best-known spirits including Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, Echlinville Irish Pot Still Gin and Bán Poitín.
Festival Event: Echlinville Distillery, Kircubbin, County Down, June 23rd
On the opening day of the Irish Gin & Tonic Fest, the doors of Echlinville Distillery will be thrown open to invite in plenty of gin lovers! Their gin is distilled single pot still style and is made with their own barley so there’s plenty to learn about!
At the end of each tour, guests will get a tutored tasting from our Head Distiller Graeme, who will give a unique insight into the gin’s characteristics and each guest will be invited to make their perfect serve.