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The Lakes Distillery wins second major international award this year

The Lakes Distillery
The Lakes Distillery

Hot on the heels of its Global Distillery Masters win just last week, The Lakes Distillery in Cumbria has won a second major international accolade.

The Bassenthwaite based distillery has scooped the ‘Best Small Visitor Centre’ award in the globally renowned Drink’s International Distillery Challenge 2017, which aims to recognise outstanding innovation and excellence among distilleries within the whisky industry.

Judges carefully considered the exceptional execution of the visitor experience at The Lakes Distillery, as well as the positive impact it has had on the region, feedback from visitors and the return on investment, amongst many other stipulations.  Over 100,000 visitors have passed through The Lakes Distillery’s ornate iron gates in the past year with its distillery tour ranking among the top 12 to visit in the UK.

Paul Currie, Founder and Managing Director of The Lakes Distillery said: “It is a real honour to be awarded two huge global awards in such a short space of time. These awards really reaffirm all the hard work we are doing at The Lakes Distillery to give our visitors a truly world class experience.

“It is fantastic to see this hard work commended by such major international body in the industry.”

Just last week it was announced that The Lakes Distillery won two Distillery Masters medals in the Global Distillery Masters competition for their facilities and consumer experience – winning first prize in the facilities category for the second time in as many years.

The Lakes Distillery is Cumbria’s only malt whisky distillery for over 100 hundred years. Set in a renovated 1800s farmhouse in the English Lake District it has grown to offer visitors interactive tours and tastings, a distillery shop and Michelin Guide featured Bistro. The Lakes Malt will be ready for release in 2018.

For more information on The Lakes Distillery please visit

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