Halewood Wines and Spirits is to open a bar, distillery and rum school in Bristol.
Located on the site of the former Jamie’s Italian on Park Street, Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery will open its doors at the end of the month.
The 7,500 sq ft venue will house two stills. The first is a 500-litre double retort rum still, traditionally used by many Caribbean rum distillers, which will distil Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum. The rum will be shipped from Bristol for sale across the UK and around the world.
The Distillery will also be home to a Rum School, where visitors can distil their own spiced rum in small copper stills, or they can visit the Distillery’s bar, which is believed to be one of just a few places in the UK to stock rums from over 50 different rum producing countries.
Chris Hotson, general manager, said: “Bristol has a rich rum heritage and one of the UK’s most vibrant food and drink scenes. It was a natural choice for Halewood’s new bar and rum distillery – it’s an exciting place to be and we’re looking forward to welcoming locals and visitors from across the UK and further afield to enjoy immersive experiences where they can learn more about provenance-led craft rums.
“Dead Man’s Finger’s Spiced Rum, the fast-growing brand that originated from Cornwall’s Rum & Crab Shack in St Ives, is disrupting the rum category – it really strikes a chord with people looking to discover adventurous flavours.”
He added: “The new distillery will make Dead Man’s Fingers more accessible, allowing visitors to distil rum themselves and learn about rums from around the world, which are also defined by fine ingredients, flavours and distilling methods. This fits perfectly with Bristol’s pioneering and eclectic appreciation of food and drink.”