World Gin Day

Who doesn’t love Gin these days!!

Me and Mr W have been a fan for a while and have grown our own gin collection over the last 3 years so when I heard about a local gin festival with over 100 gins including locally made ones at a nearby pub to celebrate world gin day we had to go.

So last night off we went to The Red Fox in the beautiful village of Thornton Hough here in the Wirral. This is a fantastic gastro pub set in beautiful grounds with fantastic styling.

We had booked a table for dinner too as the food is always great, but first the gin festival! 

They have an extensive gin bar with over 100 different gins perfect for any fellow gin lovers! They had a marquet set up in their beautiful gardens and are highlighting 9 of their unusual or often overlooked gins over the course of weekend!



How pretty is that, they even had a BBQ, so off I went to explore to see what botanical delights they had inside.


Inside was beautifully set up with their gin experts on hand to advise. They even had tonic tasting to demonstrate the difference, glad to see my favourite Fever Tree is the recommended tonic for the classic G&T!

There were 3 gins on offer for Friday night, Burleighs London Dry GinGeranium Gin and Jinzu Gin. I opted for the Burleighs served with a wedge of pink grapefruit and grabbed a Jinzu for Mr W served with kaffier lime leaves! 


We then headed to our table to enjoy some grub and to try a few more of the gin collection.

I have to mention the food too, as always it was fantastic!

For starter with both had some locally grown Claremont Farm Wirral asparagus with poached egg, hollandaise and a paprika crumb! {excuse the cutlery I couldn’t wait to get stuck in} 


It’s hard to get simple good local produce wrong and this was fantastic! 

Mains we both had the same again, sea bass and crab linguine with a ginger and chilli and tempura soft shell crab! A delight!


Dessert was a delicious panacotta with rhubarb and ginger syrup and a ginger snap crisp, perfect summertime pudding!


During the meal we enjoyed a fair few other gins too, all so wonderfully different in tastes. That’s one of the things I love about gin how each one is blended with different botanicals to get such a variance in flavour. The highlights of our gin adventures were:

  1. Bathtub Gin
  2. Botanist Gin
  3. Batshit mental ideas Rum cask aged bathtub gin
  4. Fifty Pounds Gin
  5. Wirral Gin
  6. I also had a Liverpool Aromatic Gin Fizz made with Liverpool Gin, gin bitters and pomegranate liqueur topped up with prosecco

My personal favourite was the Wirral Gin, a floraly gin with botanicals of bog myrtle. I was even more happy to find out it is hand made in small batches only 3 miles from my home in Spital Wirral! We shall definitely be buying some of this for our collection! 

So after a fantastic evening, a hefty bill and a taxi ride home – needless to say a lie in was needed but thankfully my head is ok this morning! 

If you are around the Wirral this weekend and love gin then definitely head to the gin festival at the Red Fox running until Sunday with live music and BBQ!

Otherwise be sure to head to the Red Fox to try some of their fantastic gins {be sure to ask for the gin menu – all 4 pages of it} 

Don’t live gin just go for the food! 

It won’t be long until we are back again for sure! 

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