Where can I try Abingdon Gin?

In the first few months since our launch, we’ve been working hard to make lots and lots of gin, respond to inquiries and partner up with some stellar local businesses around Oxford. So, here is a list of local Abingdon and other Oxfordshire venues where you can try Abingdon Gin. Also, read on to find out where you can buy a bottle for the gin lover on your Christmas list.

Abingdon Bars/Pubs/Cafes/Restaurants

The Tipsy Mercer – a new local bar with great cocktails, live music and an excellent gin collection! The staff at the Tipsy Mercer are fantastic. This local venue is quickly becoming the main location for events and special celebrations in Abingdon.

The Brewery Tap – this pub regularly features on the Camra Town and Country Pub of the Year list and for good reason. Again, the staff are excellent, the tipple selection extensive and they have good live music regularly. Oh, and THE FOOD!

R&R Cafe – Yes, it is a coffee shop, but it’s also bringing evening cafe culture to Abingdon with their Thursday – Saturday late hours. Stop by R&R for a mellow evening drink.

Oxfordshire Bars/Pubs/Cafes/Restaurants

The Greyhound Inn, Wantage – this 18th century free house, in the centre of Letcombe Regis, a pretty downland village within the Vale of the White Horse region of Oxfordshire, serves up a stunning selection of gin and we’re proud to be on the menu!

Upcoming Festivals/Fayres/Markets

Didcot Food Festival, 28 October – we’ll be sampling and selling Abingdon Gin on Sunday, 28 October at the Didcot Food Festival. We’re looking forward to rubbing shoulders with fellow local food and beverage producers and, of course, gathering your feedback as you sample a wee tipple.

Clifton Hampden Christmas Fayre, 1 December – check out our special Christmas gift sets and stocking stuffers at the Clifton Hampden Christmas Fayre. We’ll be sampling mini Christmas cocktails as well!

Abingdon Christmas Craft Fair, 7 December – Abingdon’s Christmas Craft Fair is a must for the holiday season. We’re excited to be there amongst Abingdon’s local crafters and artisans to sample and sell special gin gift sets.

Don’t want to buy online or need it right now?

Here are some local brick and mortar shops selling bottles of Abingdon Gin.

Loose Cannon Brewery Shop – local booze creators stick together. You can now buy Abingdon Gin in the shop at Loose Cannon next time you go in to pick up the latest brew.

Wells Farm Shop – cheese, jams and now gin! Pop into the Wells Farm for a delicious meal or coffee and stock up on all the best ingredients for a cheese and wine (or gin) night.

Our story

Find out how Abingdon Gin grew out of a cramped apartment block in Hong Kong to a bustling distillery in the heart of Oxfordshire.

How did a Canadian and a Brit come together to make gin in Abingdon?

Abingdon Gin started as an idea in a cramped Hong Kong apartment where partners, Ben Blackledge and Janice Hewitt, began dabbling in distilling with the aim of creating a truly sippable gin.

Ben, who was working as an airline pilot at the time, would bring botanicals back from layovers around the world, experimenting with recipes and cuts using a tiny copper still.

“We weren’t living right in the centre of Hong Kong. Our village was pretty out of the way, and it was hard to get a decent drink.

“We discovered that we could bring together some really interesting botanicals from the furthest corners of the world and combine them to make some really tasty gins – admittedly though there were some howlers along the way!

When they moved to Abingdon, they found a thriving town without any craft distillery so decided to take on the challenge.

“Abingdon is a hidden gem – lovely parks, on the Thames and plenty of pubs! It was definitely moving onwards and upwards with lots of trendy bars coming in which in turn is bringing in a younger crowd.

“We’re grateful to add our gin to the community in Abingdon. It has a rich history and is full of active, sociable people who enjoy a drink in the pub or at home in the garden. We’re happy to contribute to that in our own way.”  

Nearly 100 batches, 7 methods and 1 year later, Abingdon Gin is opening its doors.