Love really is in the air, and what better way to celebrate the love that you share with your other half than with some gin?
Valentine’s Day is an age-old tradition, one that began way back in the 5th century. At its heart, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. But while the Roman tradition of having boys pull girls names out of a hat may be a little out-dated, we still want to celebrate those gooey feelings we have.
But how do we do that, you ask?
Well, here at Exmoor Distillery we believe that nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a bottle of our premium quality gin. But if you’re looking for something extra special for the gin lover in your life then here are a few of our top-notch gin-related Valentine’s Day ideas! Your special someone will be so GINpressed.
Romantic Walks and Delicious Tipples
There’s nothing more romantic than a long stroll through the countryside. The crisp winter air, the cool breeze and the way the light shines through the trees can be a really great way to connect with your loved ones as well. Taking the time to see the sights and talk to one another can be all it takes to get those sparks flying – especially if you’re a countryside-lover like us!
John and Nicola, the founders of Exmoor Distillery, can often be seen heading out into the gorgeous Exmoor woodlands with their dogs. They walk over the moors, laughing and talking, and they always finish off their hike with a tumbler full of gin – it certainly makes the walk worthwhile.
We’re not short of things to do in Exmoor, but here are a few of our favourite walks. They’re sure to get your hearts thumping!
This is one of Exmoor’s most beautiful attractions. Tarr Steps, which exhibits an old clapper bridge running along the River Barle, makes for quite the romantic sight. Could there be anything more romantic than a wild adventure through woodlands, rivers and picturesque land?
The Exmoor Coast
Exmoor’s coast is a vast landscape full of rocky beaches, sandy caves and slanting hills. If a good hike is what you and your partner need to get the blood pumping then heading to one of the many coastal towns and beaches along Exmoor is a great way to connect. From the romantic ruins of Dunster Castle to the rocky beaches of Lynmouth, you won’t be short of dramatic coastline to visit.
Wined and Dined: Our Favourite Northmoor Gin Stockists
If you’re looking for a classic wine and dine option this Valentine’s Day then why not take a stroll to one of the many pubs and restaurants that stock Northmoor Gin? There are so many fine eateries and beautiful pubs in Exmoor that you won’t be short of choice! Plus, when you can put your feet up by the fire with a gorgeous glass of G&T, why would you want to be anywhere else?
Woods Bar and Restaurant
One of our favourite places for a tipple has to be Woods Bar and Restaurant. Not only is this gorgeous pub nestled among the rural backdrop of Exmoor, but it also houses some of the most delicious local produce around. From light lunches to exquisite dinners and, of course, their award-winning wine list, Woods really is one of the most romantic places to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day.
The Swan, based in Bampton, is yet another gem among the range of fine dining options that Exmoor has to offer. The food here really will get you feeling in the mood and, having won awards in Culinary Excellence, there really is no reason not to wow your other half with The Swan’s splendid menu.
There are so many places to wine and dine your other half in. So if you’re thinking of having a tasty meal and scrumptious drinks by candlelight then take a look at our 8 favourite pubs in Exmoor.
Take that Special Someone on a Gin Distillery Tour
Imagine taking the gin-lover in your life to see just how their favourite drink is made! Nothing makes a fan of gin more excited than seeing how it’s distilled – except maybe drinking it! Well, now you can combine the two by bringing your valentine to Exmoor Distillery. Not only will you be shown how our Northmoor Gin and Navy Strength Gin is distilled, but we will also give you an in-depth knowledge of the gin distilling process as well as that all-important drink at the end!
The distillery is open from Monday to Friday 9:00 till 5:30 (including Valentine’s Day!). So whisk your other half away this weekend and show them just how romantic their favourite drink can be!
Whisk Them Away For a Valentines Stay
Oh, we do love a good weekend away! Nothing shows someone how much you care more than a mini-break to stunning locations. If you really want to pull the rabbit out of the hat this Valentine’s Day then we have a few tricks up our sleeve that’ll help you do it!
Mentioned earlier for culinary excellence, The Swan in Bampton has also won plenty of awards for its fantastic Inn. Nothing says romance more than a relaxing bed and breakfast experience. Not only have the rooms in the Swan be crafted by local Devon craftsman but their breakfast menu is one to be rivalled too. The Swan even stocks Northmoor Gin, so you won’t have to venture far for the true taste of Exmoor!
The Beach Hotel
This Minehead hotel not only boasts gorgeous views across pebbled shores, but it also comes equipped with stylishly decorated rooms, gorgeous food and, of course, Northmoor Gin. The hotel offers apprenticeships, training and support to young people wanting to pursue hospitality-based roles, so you’ll know that the money you spend will be helping them to develop.
Heading Further Afield this Valentine’s Day?
Already planned a romantic trip further afield? Not to worry! You really can have the unique taste of Northmoor Gin wherever you go! We’ve been working hard to ensure that no matter where you go, you can still have your favourite drink beside you. Exmoor Distillery now delivers overseas, so your luxury holiday abroad need not be gin-less!
Most recently we have been delivering to Norway, and a good few bottles have been migrating from our distillery over to the snowy romance of that region.
Have a Night in with a Bottle of Gin
Sometimes simple is better. We know not everyone needs extravagant meals out and lavish weekends away to feel the love between them, so why not just snuggle up with a bottle of gin this February 14th? Whether you’re looking for a mellow flavour or whether you want something with a little more alcohol content (whey!), our artisan gin makes the perfect G&T for Valentine’s Day. We even have new gift boxes and packaging available, so you can treat that special someone to a gin that’s not just great to taste, but easy on the eyes as well!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Gin Folk!
Whatever it is that you have planned this Valentine’s Day, make sure it’s filled with love. If there is any time of the year to be soppy and romantic then its the 14th February, so let those butterflies go wild and indulge in some gin while you’re at it.
From all of us here at Exmoor Distillery, Happy Valentine’s Day!