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Feversham Arms Helmsley Hotel celebrates reopening date with gin launch

The Feversham Arms Helmsley Hotel & Verbena Spa, is celebrating its upcoming hotel reopening on 17th May with its very own Feversham Arms Gin.

The luxury hotel has teamed up with local artisan producer Hooting Owl to create a bespoke Feversham Arms Gin that features signature botanicals and flavours from the surrounding area.

Ingo Wiangke, General  Manager, Feversham Arms Helmsley Hotel, said: “We have wanted to create our own gin for quite some time and were able to begin the development with Hooting Owl during the lockdown.  They have a great reputation for creating signature flavours using botanicals found in local areas such as seaweed in coastal regions and heather from the North York Moors.

“We’re delighted that we have created a gin specifically for the Feversham Arms Hotel, using fragrant local botanicals to create a smooth, flavoursome and ‘fruity’ gin.  We’ll be using it as the base note for a number of exciting cocktails we’re creating, ready to welcome back guests for a poolside cocktail and al fresco dining.  It will also create a lovely gift to take home for guests of their stay with us.”

Feversham Arms Hotel pool and outside seating

Within the current guidance, the Feversham Arms Helmsley, Hotel and Verbena Spa are open for day spa treatments and al fresco dining (weather permitting) on Thursday to Sunday only.  Subject to Government guidance, the hotel will reopen fully for overnight stays from 17th May.

Hooting Owl Distillery is the brainchild of Dominic M’Benga and his partner Sarah, who acquired Barmby Moor House, York in 2017 and quickly embarked on a major restoration of the house.  As they were refurbishing the scullery, they discovered a hidden safe belonging to former resident, Sir Owlfred Tyton Hodgins.  In that safe was a single remaining bottle of Sir Owlfred’s Hooting Owl Signature Gin and a book of botanical recipes and flavours from a ‘Tour of Yorkshire’.

The rest is extraordinary history as they began creating their own Gin using Sir Owlfred’s old recipes as inspirations and continued his journey of creating delicious and refreshing gins, ‘forged by nature’ influenced by the Yorkshire landscape.  Working with the Feversham Arms Helmsley team they have created a bespoke Gin, that reflects the local landscape as Dominic explains:

“The Feversham Gin is all about North Yorkshire with a recipe similar to The Hooting Owl Distillery North Yorkshire Gin. The botanical list is made up of classic London dry botanicals with the addition of some Hooting Owl specific ingredients.

“We start with Juniper, Coriander seed, Cardamom, Liquorice Roots, Orris Root, Angelica Root, Dandelion Root, Burdock Root. We add citrus notes with Bitter Orange Peel, Red Grapefruit and Kafir Lime Leaves, then a nod to the North York Moors with Bilberries and Lemon Thyme with the addition of Silver Birch Tree Bark, similar to the Birch trees around the Feversham outdoor pool, and Bay taken from the Bay trees at the front entrance of the hotel.”

The bottles are of a distinctive design, and keeping it in the Feversham family, local graphic designer and wildlife artist, Codie Linton, created the bespoke design, which is painted and then etched onto the bottle, together with the botanicals which include Juniper, Cubeb Pepper, Cassia Bark and Birch Leaves. The Bottle design is unique to Feversham Arms Helmsley and etching removes the need for plastic labels and allows the bottles to be repurposed thus creating a lovely, lasting memento of a visit to the hotel.

So, if your top tipple is a Gin Fizz, a Pink Lady or a classic G&T, what better way to experience a warm Feversham Arms Helmsley welcome than a chilled, cocktail by the pool!


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Jason Evans


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