Are you a gin lover? Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or a great day to spend a weekend? Then sit tight as we have great news. B Bakery is launching a brand new Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea Bus Tour in partnership with Slingsby Gin.
About Slingsby Gin
Did you know that the history of the Slingsby brand name dates back to the 16th century? In 1571, William Slingsby discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from Harrogate’s Tewit Well, in North Yorkshire. The same water, which has since then attracted visitors to the spa town of Harrogate, is used today to make Slingsby gin. The drink combines the healing waters of Harrogate with the finest, pure, single grain spirit. It’s made using 24 botanicals, many of which have been proven to have medicinal benefits.
The Slingsby brand was created in 2013 by Mike Carthy and Marcus Black. With their first gin becoming available on the market two years later, in 2015, Mike and Marcus wanted their product to become an ultra-premium gin brand that symbolised a luxurious lifestyle and embodied the restorative nature of the town of Harrogate. In essence, Slingsby’s vision is to capture the spirit of Harrogate in a bottle!
The B Bakery partnership with Slingsby gin
When asked about the partnership between B Bakery and Slingsby, Mike and Marcus stated:
“We are proud to be bringing the Spirit of Harrogate to London, and our award-winning Gin adds a tantalising flavour to all of the delicious cakes. We are delighted to be partnering with B Bakery and delivering an Afternoon Tea with a twist. Gin is such a quintessentially British spirit, so it is a natural fit to add the nation’s favourite spirit to exciting serves and desserts on board”.
We are definitely excited to bring you this brand-new gin lovers tour. So, are you ready to come and experience it for yourself?
But first, let’s have a look at some of the most-famous Slingsby products that we’re proud to introduce to you all on board of our vintage Routemaster double-decker buses.
Let’s meet the Slingsby family
Slingsby London Dry
The first of the Slingsby products, the award-winning London Dry gin gives you a burst of refreshing citrus from the grapefruit base. It then introduces you with a taste of juniper before a very smooth herbaceous sweetness. And to finish off, you can expect a taste of delicate floral notes of Jasmine (the gin is scented with jasmine blossom), Green Tea, and Rosehip.
A fun fact about this gin is that the beautiful blue bottle the London Dry comes in has been specifically designed to resemble the old apothecary bottles that were either blue or brown in order to help filter UV lights and preserve medicines for longer. Isn’t that fascinating?
For their Slingsby Rhubarb gin, Mike and Marcus use the London Dry as a base and add rhubarb distillate made from Yorkshire Rhubarb. Slingsby pride themselves with using locally-sourced botanicals. And their rhubarb comes from a farm in Wakefield, which is part of ‘the Rhubarb Triangle’ and known for the best-quality rhubarb in the world – no small feat!
And last but not least, the Slingsby Gooseberry gin was the fifth product introduced to the Slingsby core range. Did you know that this gin began its inception all the way in New Zealand? That’s right. Marcus and Mark were sample-tasting gooseberries in the shape of … Sauvignon Blanc! That’s when they fell in love with the taste and decided gooseberry gin was the next product to go after. It was interesting, and it didn’t exist on the market.
The end result is a wonderfully aromatic gin crafted using the world-famous Harrogate aquifer water, pure single grain spirit, and locally-sourced gooseberries. With delicate tasting notes of white grape, green apple, and hints of tart gooseberry, Slingsby Gooseberry Gin is a flavoured gin. But its delicate nuances mean it doesn’t stray too far from the path of a known-and-loved London Dry.
The Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea Bus Tour
Complete with delicious cocktails and gin-infused cakes, the Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea Bus Tour is kicking off this September and will depart daily from London (Victoria Coach Station or 8 Northumberland Avenue).
Onboard on our vintage Routemaster buses, B Bakery takes you on an amazing 90-minute tour through the heart of London, taking in the most-iconic landmarks. You can check out the full route here. Throughout the journey, you get to tuck into a delicious Afternoon Tea with gin-infused sweet treats.
The Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea Bus Tour food menu
It promises to be the gin experience you’ve been waiting for and one you won’t want to miss.
So here’s what you can expect to see on our food menu:
- Our standard savouries + salmon pretzel with lemon liqueur + dry gin spritz.
- Lemon cupcake with Carthy and Black Gin Cream Liqueur.
- Raspberry tart with Slingsby Rhubarb Gin cream.
- Gin jelly, crunchy peals, lime mousse with Slingsby Gooseberry Gin and cucumber pipette.
- Strawberry moelleux with Slingsby Rhubarb Gin. Strawberry gin mousse on top.
- Rhubarb macaroon with Slingsby Rhubarb Gin pipette.
And now that you know a bit more about all the amazing Slingsby products, are you curious to find out what’s on the Gin & Tonic menu?
Here you go.
The Slingsby Gin Afternoon Tea Bus Tour Gin & Tonic menu
- Classic G&T – 25 ml Slingsby London Dry, Grapefruit and Rosemary Tonic Water from London Essence, garnished with fresh grapefruit and thyme.
- Rhubarb G&T – 25 ml Slingsby Rhubarb Gin, Pomelo and Pink Peppercorn Tonic Water from London Essence, garnished with fresh ginger.
- Gooseberry G&T – 25 ml Slingsby Gooseberry Gin, White Peach and Jasmine Crafted Soda from London Essence, garnished with edible flowers.