As you probably know Declan and I are partial to a gin cocktail or two. After all we launched this blog not too many weeks ago with a post all about the finest Northern gins . So when it popped up on our Twitter feed that Wynyard Hall was holding a ‘Gin Garden’ event we were there!
I’ve visted the new gardens recently but thought Declan would enjoy it for a chance to take some photos. He’s the one with the photography skills although I’m learning!
The tickets were £8.00 each which included a gin cocktail on arrival, nibbles and musical entertainment. We were a bit disappointed that the cocktail was crafted with Gordon’s gin. Not that there’s anything wrong with Gordon’s gin after all it is a staple British classic. We just thought it was a missed opportinity for Wynyard to showboat their cocktail making skills and offer. It was very nice though all the same. The nibbles seemed to disappear quickly as the place filled up and unfortunately the staff didn’t seem to be briefed on re-filling. We asked if they could re-stock the cheese but gave up waiting and went back out into the garden.
Aaaah — the garden. To be honest I’d come back here time and time again. It is so tranquil even when there are lots of people around. This particular evening there weren’t many people about. The sun was starting to set and it was getting a bit chilly. We loved the fact that there was hardly anyone around. It felt like it was all ours. I could have sat there all evening without the gin — well maybe not without the gin! A match made in heaven.
We wandered back inside so that Declan could sample another cocktail. A very kind young bartender offered to create me a mocktail as I was driving. It looks just like the real thing, doesn’t it? Well — except I polished it off before the photo.
I also had the opportunity to purchase my fabulous ‘Fentimans’. You’d think I was on commission for this company I rave on about it that much!! Two bottles of Wild English Elderflower as Declan promised he would make us up a cocktail each when we got back with our current favourite — Poetic License Picnic Gin. The night was drawing in as we drove home but we were keen to attempt to prolong Summer just that little bit more.
Do pay The Gardens at Wynyard Hall I visit. They have a full programme of events for all the family over the the coming months. I can’t wait to do a spot of Christmas shopping there as the shop is fab!
We are keen to know if you’ve visited, too. Let us know what delights you have sampled at the Gardens or the Hall.