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Introducing our very own Gin

As many will know, we’ve had our own label Burgundies, produced for us by Olivier Leflaive via the inimitable Corney & Barrow, for a number of years – but we’ve never made a gin before. However, when we first started working with the team at Corner 53 Distillery, a small, artisanal distillery based in Clanfield in Hampshire, it was clear we had found a like-minded partner for all things gin related.

We put their creative talents to the test to devise a gin that represents some of the key flavours of Bel & the Dragon – for example, using pink peppercorns (more commonly seen garnishing our Squid dish), fresh apples and pears (the perfect accompaniment to Suckling Pig), and fresh basil hand-harvested from our kitchen gardens. Why? Because we love to be able to offer produce and experiences only available inside our doors – and, because let’s face it, we’re just as much in love with gin as everyone else.

We love it, and we hope you will too.

Tasting Notes: smooth, citrus-led with a warming heat from pink peppercorn, a roundness from Meon Valley honey and a delightfully fresh basil finish.

The Perfect Serve: It’s crying out for a large serving in a big glass, topped with a Mediterranean-style tonic and garnished with fresh basil & lemon.

Botanicals

Hand Cracked Juniper, Orris, Almond, Pink Peppercorn, Cox’s Pippin Apple, Conference Pear, Lemon, Meon Valley Honey, Basil.

Producer

Corner 53 is a unconventional “New Age” distillery based in Clanfield, Hampshire started by ex-cocktail bartender Tom Rudman

Production Method

Distilled using Corner 53’s two copper stills Rosie and Angus in the garden of founder Tom’s house.

The Bel 75

A riff on the French 75 - Shake Bel & The Dragon Gin, with lemon juice and gomme, pour into a flute and top with Bel & The Dragon Blanc de Blancs.

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We are sorry to say that, due to the Very High Alert regulations, all Bel & The Dragon's are closed until further notice.

We do not know how exactly how long we will remain in this tier, so please watch this space for updates.

Whatever happens, we will be ready, waiting and excited to see you when the time comes.

We wish all of our customers, and their families, good health in these difficult times and we hope to see you soon.