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New gin distillery, bar and restaurant Eat.Drink.Distil opening in Newbury's Parkway

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A new gin distillery, bar and restaurant called Eat.Drink.Distil is opening in Newbury's Parkway Shopping centre this month, with a gin school coming later.

Lumber Distillers is moving and expanding its headquarters and operational home from The Newbury pub in Bartholomew Street to the heart of Parkway, near to where its concept pop-up bar and shop operated in December.

Founder Peter Lumber is leaving The Newbury, where he has been the landlord for a tenure of 10 years.

Peter Lumber
Peter Lumber

He said: “Following a successful decade of running The Newbury, as well as the distillery for the last few years, I’ll be handing over the reins to a new landlord and focussing solely on the distillery venture from May.

"The opening of Eat.Drink.Distil is the culmination of a lifelong dream.

“Combining our love of food, passion for craft spirits and commitment to local producers and businesses, this venture is a natural progression for us and we’re proper chuffed that it’s all coming together.

“The new location will allow people to not only enjoy great food, carefully crafted drinks from the bar, continued 137 Distillery tasting events, visitors will also see and learn the process of distilling from start to finish when we open the gin school shortly after our initial launch in May.

Peter Lumber in The Newbury pub
Peter Lumber in The Newbury pub

"They'll see every ingredient, every bit of kit we use, and they can get a greater appreciation of what craft spirits are all about.”

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