Bacardis Bombay Sapphire distillery  which opens to the public next month

Bacardi's Bombay Sapphire distillery which opens to the public next month

Bacardi is set to open its new Bombay Sapphire distillery in the UK to the public next month after a delay.

The “multi-million dollar” Laverstoke Mill facility, on a two-hectare site in Hampshire, will open to visitors from 1 October, the company said this week. The site, which dates back to the 10th Century, has been producing gin since August last year. Bacardi first announced plans for the distillery in 2012

The facility also includes a “visitor experience” and bartenders’ training centre. Visitors will be able to see the glasshouses where the ten botanicals - juniper, lemon peel, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, liquorice, angelica - used in Bombay Sapphire are grown. 

Asked about the delay to the visitor centre, a company spokesperson told just-drinks: “To ensure we have been dealing with every step of the process in the correct manner, some stages of the project have taken a little longer than planned.” 

Bombay Sapphire was previously produced in Warrington by Quintessential Brands-owned G&J Greenall.