Tuck Box: Bar has just the tonic

Thom Darbyshire '�Old House
Thom Darbyshire '�Old House

Mother’s ruin in all its many forms is to be celebrated at a Sheffield gin festival next month.

The Old House on Division Street, which is set to stock its 100th gin, is holding tastings and events at heavily discounted rates from August 1 with big-brand sponsors also on board.

Assistant manager Thom Darbyshire said: “Gin is really popular at the moment – it’s the fastest-growing spirit in the UK, America and Europe. It wasn’t that long ago there was a big boom in rum so I think it’s gin’s turn.

“Some people say they don’t like gin because they’ve only tried one type, but we have everything from Japanese, with sake and cherry, to a Welsh one with seaweed. There are so many varieties to discover.”

Events take place every day, with the gin festival on Fridays and Saturdays.


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