After stumbling around Dorking for a while I eventually found the distillery at the back of The Spotted Dog pub where I met Helen Muncie (a co-owner along with Kate Gregory) and her two trusty Lieutenants, Meg and Emma. The Gin Kitchen is in reality a brick outbuilding tucked off the side of the smoking area of the pub; an unprepossessing home to an increasingly lauded pair of craft gins. The sign hanging on the door provided an early indication of the levity within: ‘Licence to Distill’.
I have often pondered the question, what defines a craft gin? After a recent visit to The Gin Kitchen I think I now know; for me they encapsulate the true essence of the craft gin movement. A small batch quality product made with love, laughter and for fun.