Southampton Cruise Tours will transfer you from Southampton Cruise Terminal to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery at Laverstoke. A small village next to the River Test and about two miles from the nearest town of Whitchurch in Hampshire.
A 45 minute to an hour journey with Southampton Cruise Tours.
Two different tours are available with prebooked tickets and last between one and a half hours to three hours depending upon the experience.
A cafe with light snacks and hot drinks.
The proud history of Laverstoke Mill. Recorded as far back as the 1086 Doomsday Book, in which a mill is noted on the site. Laverstoke Mill has been under the ownership of William the Conqueror, Henry VIII and enjoyed four royal visits, most recently Queen Elizabeth in 1962.
In 1719, having acquired the lease for Laverstoke Mill, printer Henry Portal expanded the site enabling him to begin manufacturing bank notes for the British Empire in 1724. In the mid-18th century Laverstoke Mill saw increasing prosperity, manufacturing the bank notes during Queen Victoria’s long reign.
Bombay Sapphire’s heritage begins in 1761 when Thomas Dakin purchased a site in Warrington, England, with the intention of distilling gin. In 1831, the Dakin family purchased a still, and adapted it to separate the exotic botanicals from the neutral grain spirit, capturing the flavours of the botanicals in the vapour – an artisanal distillation process now known as Vapour Infusion, and still faithfully used by Bombay Sapphire today.
In 2010 Bombay Spirits Company purchases Laverstoke Mill.
Explore the Bombay Sapphire Distillery with a distillery host to guide you as you discover the ten exotic botanicals infused into every drop of Bombay Sapphire Gin in the Glasshouses with an insight into Heatherwick Studios’ inspired design.
Your host will then help you navigate the Botanical Dry Room, a sensory experience to uncover your flavour preferences.
Discover the rare vapour infusion distillation process which makes Bombay Sapphire gin so exquisite, before your host leaves you to enjoy a cocktail from our menu, selected using your flavour preferences.
Gin Cocktail Masterclass
The Gin Cocktail Masterclass is an interactive session on cocktail culture where you can learn the tricks of the bar trade so you can create your own cocktails easily at home.
Your experience begins with a fully-guided Discovery Experience followed by a complimentary cocktail in the Mill Bar. Then you’ll be hosted by one of our Gin Experts to create Bombay Sapphire cocktails.