Take two kindred spirits, a myriad of sensory experiences absorbed from travels to countries near and far, throw in a realisation that good gin can be enjoyed equally as well outside under the stars as it can at the bar, and you have the creation of Campfire Gin.
In 2014 Ben and Kate stepped out into the unknown having made a decision to establish the region’s first gin distillery. After 18 months of premises hunting across the beautiful Chiltern Hills, a chance meeting with a local farm owner, who shared their vision of a destination for local food and drink producers, took Puddingstone Distillery one step closer to becoming a reality.
The winding journey from inception to launch on 11 November 2016 saw them travel the length and breadth of the country and establish relationships with distillers and industry professionals from across the globe. Alongside a successful crowdfunding campaign and completion of an Institute of Brewers and Distillers exam, they went on to handle all aspects of the distillery’s creation. A creative ‘marketing man’ and equally creative ‘graphics girl’ who absorb experiences, refine them, mix them up and turn them into something great… in this instance, Campfire Gin.
“Above all we’re driven to produce a gin of an exceptional and inspirational nature, created with a mindfulness of community and environment, with an aspiration to invigorate your senses, lead you on adventures near and far, discover simple pleasures and connect with kindred spirits.
This is our spirit, your spirit, the spirit of the outdoors.”
Ben & Kate Marston
Whilst the doors to the distillery opened in November 2016, the journey to reach this point started way back in January 2014 with a wrist operation, the purchase of two great books and a Eureka moment that sadly did not involve a bathtub full of gin. Since then Campfire picked up awards, have been on the TV, presented at gin seminars and more.