Owned and purpose built by husband and wife team Emma and Gareth Glynn. Day to day operations run by distiller, Emma
Driven by a love of gin and a desire to create a business that fitted in with family life, we made the move from Lancashire to Ellesmere in 2012 and quickly settled into Shropshire life. A few years later in 2018, The Shropshire Distillery began its story. Along with our daughter, Lily, and mascot Calla the Hungarian Vizsla, we set the ‘Gin Shed’ up as our first distillery, located at our family home.
Our first gin, Shire Gin was launched on 1st July 2018, followed by our Shire Spiced Gin in December 2018 with our third edition Shire Cherry Gin being released in February 2019. In 2020 we released our Navy Strength Gin.
As gin lovers, we had tasted many over the years, but found we were disappointed by some that turned out not to be created as they claimed and were lacking any real personal touch or love. As creative personalities we began discussing the possibility of producing classic, honest spirits on our terms, filled with our ideas and inspirations.
When we first moved from Lancashire to Shropshire, we were both commuting 120 miles each day for work. I worked in education and Gareth as a chemical engineer. After a little while, I was able to move work closer to home, whilst Gareth continued to commute. Behind the scenes it was all systems go for building the Gin Shed and completing all of the required paperwork and licensing.
As a motorbike enthusiast and experienced motorbike racer and test rider, an opportunity arose for Gareth to pursue a consulting role in this sector. This led to me taking the exciting leap to make The Shropshire Distillery my full-time role, whilst Gareth works in the distillery around his other work. I am proud to be uniquely positioned as one of few female distillers in the industry.
We released our first Dry Gin in July 2018, followed by our Aromtic Spiced Gin in December 2018. One year later, in July 2019, upon returning from a family holiday, we were thrilled to be informed that our spirits had won two International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awards.
In 2021 we were awarded Silver awards for all four of our Core Range Gins - making them multi award winning!
We have been awarded Distillery of the Year 2022 at the Prestigue awards, Best Small Business 2023 at The Shropshire Business Awards and have a Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice award 2023.
We are rated 5 star on Google and Trip advisor for our distillery experiences.
Our ethos is to create classic, true, honest and handcrafted spirits, and to win such prestigious recognition is such an honour and something we are incredibly proud of.
The ultimate craft gin experience
With our distillery and Gin School in Ellesmere, Shropshire we offer experiences and share an insight into our world and the journey of our classic spirits. With rustic, wooden and industrial vibes with a warm family welcome, we guarantee a fun filled hands on interactive experience.
Our sessions run in small groups with a capacity of upto 16 people. This ensures everyone gets the time and attention they require without feeling overwhelmed or overcrowded.