Our range of Gins keeps growing and growing
"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine"
The first confirmed date for the production of Gin was in Holland around the early 17th century, although claims have been made that it was produced prior to this in Italy.
In Holland Gin was produced as a medicine and sold in chemist shops to treat stomach complaints, gout and gallstones. To make it more palatable, the Dutch started to flavour it with juniper, which had medicinal properties of its own.
In the 19th century the Gin shops were replaced by glamorous new Gin palaces. There were 5,000 of these in London at their peak as they mushroomed around the West End and out in the poorer suburbs.
By the mid-19th century London's Clerkenwell was a bustling hub of Gin as the Gordon's, Tanqueray, Nicholson's, Booth's and Langdale’s distilleries clustered together to take advantage of its springs.
In the 1960s the Gin and tonic started to lose its fizz. Gin fans were ageing as young people turned their attention to a cool new spirit: vodka.
Thanks to independent distiller's Gin has now dusted itself off for a comeback.
Today The Pumping Station has in excess of 80 different types of Gin making our selection one of the largest in Leicestershire.
All of our G&T’s are served in a Copa de Balon glass designed to trap aromas and to stop ice cubes melting quickly and diluting the drink, resulting in a longer lasting, better tasting Gin and Tonic.