We are absolutely thrilled and proud to have won not one, but four awards at the 2022 Stratford Herald Business and Tourism Awards! The awards ceremony was held on 27 October at the Crowne Plaza Hotel where we won Best Independent Retailer category, Best Green Business category, Top Attraction category and to top it off were crowned Stratford-upon-Avon’s Business of the Year 2022.
Founded in 2015, we are Stratford’s only working distillery and we produce a series of spirits including Stratford Gin, Jester Rums and distillery specials such as Citrus Vodka, Limoncello/Orangecello, Spiced Tropical Rum and Judith’s Premium Pink Gin. We have also become a popular visitor destination providing daily Distillery Tours and other experiences including Gin Schools, Cocktail Masterclasses and River Avon Gin Tasting Cruises.
In 2020, at the height of the pandemic we launched a pop-up store at 1 High Street in Stratford upon Avon, selling our own products in addition to supporting other local independent drinks producers. Due to its success and prominent central location we have recently taken the long-term lease of 1 High Street and launched ‘Judith’s’, our new town centre Gin Tasting rooms and Rum School in the two upper-floors above the retail shop.
In August, our business became Carbon Neutral after a full-scale carbon footprint assessment and off-setting programme (more news on this to come very soon!), so we are especially proud of winning Best Green Business.
Andy Veale, Herald Editor said: “Thank you to everyone who entered the Business and Tourism Awards and to those that came along and made it such a fantastic and memorable evening. Thanks goes to our headline sponsor Stratford District Council, and all the businesses who sponsored the categories and had the hard job of picking winners from all the worthy finalists.”
We had a wonderful evening celebrating with all our fellow award nominees. We are honoured to be counted amongst such a brilliant group of local businesses. Winning these awards is testament to our outstanding team who work incredibly hard day in, day out producing our handcrafted spirits, and delivering a five-star visitor experience.