In 2019 Manchester Gin will spread their wings with plans to open a city centre distillery in the heart of Manchester. Based on Watson Street, the distillery will sit directly underneath Manchester Central, the city’s iconic conference and events venue. The team will be renovating six of the grade II star listed railway archways, bringing life to an area of the city that has long been forgotten.
The team are working with Manchester-based Up North Architects to create a stunning space that every Mancunian will be proud of. Set to become a true ‘Spirit of Manchester’ distillery, the interior design concepts will take their cues from Manchester Gin’s rich Mancunian heritage, their core brand values and the unique inspirations behind their gin.
To open up the space three of the six arches will have floor to ceiling glass windows allowing passers-by to see into the working distillery and be lured in by the magic of seeing the gin being made in front of their eyes.
Seb Heeley, Co-Founder of Manchester Gin, said: “It’s been an ambition of ours, since we started in our dining room, to give people the ability to come and meet us and see how we make our beautiful gins in person. The arches under Manchester Central will be the perfect mix of the old industrial heritage of Manchester with a contemporary look synonymous with our brand.”
The distillery will also play host to a wealth of other activations to ensure that customers can experience the true breadth of the home of Manchester Gin. In front of ‘Wonder Wend’ there will be a space for people to enjoy a variety of gin experiences including tutorials, talks, masterclasses and the opportunity to create your own gin.
Plans for the distillery also include a bar and restaurant – two intimate spaces where customers can taste Manchester Gin and an array of other creative and distinguished cocktails. Keeping in line with their ethos, the restaurant and bar will aim to champion produce from local artisanal producers wherever possible.
Subject to planning approval the venue will launch in the summer and the new home of Manchester Gin will be 5,300 square feet. The move to this bigger location will allow them to start creating gin in a new 1,000 litre still – dubbed ‘Wonder Wend’ (inspired by their original 60 litre still which made the first runs in their dining room). However, they will still maintain their handcrafted approach and family values – while making one of the UK’s best gins. The new distillery promises to bring visitors flocking to central Manchester and encourage business to the area – they’ll be over 30 jobs available from back office to hospitality, for those keen to find an exciting new challenge within the Manchester Gin family. If you’re interested in learning about the various roles, please email email@example.com.
Shaun Hinds, Chief Executive of Manchester Central, said: “Since joining the business 18 months ago, I’ve been looking for the right opportunity to activate our arches and reinvigorate this part of the venue. In getting to know Seb and Jen from Manchester Gin, I have been impressed with their vision for their business which in many ways matches the ambition of Manchester Central and the city as a whole. As an iconic feature of the city ourselves, I knew early on that this development would create a unique destination within the realm of our venue for both Manchester residents and visitors alike. We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter for this tremendous local business.”
Contemporary in style and exciting in flavour, Manchester Gin was born from humble beginnings in 2013 when creators Jen and Seb manufactured the first bottles in the dining room of their house, after falling in love on a night out over a G&T. Since then, they have been enjoying great success and popularity, achieving multiple top industry awards both domestically and abroad – becoming the most awarded gin of 2018. The Manchester Gin portfolio is always evolving, introducing new flavours, collaborations and bottles and they recently launched a 4.5 litre Jeroboam. Their love story is growing too, and the pair have recently welcomed their first child.
For more details please visit: www.manchestergin.co.uk